BCDC Commission Meeting Agenda & Materials for February 18, 2016

1:00 pm
MetroCenter Auditorium
101 Eighth Street, Oakland
(510) 817-5700

Note: Agenda Item 12 will be taken up before Agenda Item 11
Tentative Agenda
  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Public Comment Period (Each speaker is limited to three minutes) A maximum of 15 minutes is available for the public to address the Commission on any matter on which the Commission either has not held a public hearing or is not scheduled for a public hearing later in the meeting. Speakers will be heard in the order of sign-up, and each speaker is generally limited to a maximum of three minutes. It is strongly recom-mended that public comments be sub¬mitted in writing so they can be dis¬tributed to all Commission members for review. The Commis¬sion may provide more time to each speaker and can extend the public comment period beyond the normal 15-minute maximum if the Commission believes that it is necessary to allow a reasonable opportunity to hear from all members of the pub¬lic who want to testify. No Commission action can be taken on any matter raised during the public comment period other than to sched¬ule the matter for a future agenda or refer the mat¬ter to the staff for investiga¬tion, unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Com¬mis¬sion later in the meeting.
    (Steve Goldbeck) [415/352-3611; steve.goldbeck@bcdc.ca.gov]
  4. Approval of Minutes of January 21, 2016 Meeting
    (Sharon Louie) [415/352-3638; sharon.louie@bcdc.ca.gov]
  5. Report of the Chair
  6. Report of the Executive Director
  7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
    (Jaime Michaels) [415/352-3613; jaime.michaels@bcdc.ca.gov]
  8. Commission Consideration of an Amendment to the Association of Bay Area Government Contract to Compensate for BCDC Staff Services
    The Commission will consider an amendment to the contract with the Association of Bay Area Governments that was originally to compensate BCDC for staff services to develop a workshop for the California American Planning Association’s recent conference. Staff proposes that the work and the amount of funding be expanded to include using the material from that work­shop to assist regional agencies support local government planning for hazard mitigation and climate adaptation planning. This work is being closely coordinated with the Federal Emer­gency Management Administration (FEMA), the Environmental Protection Agency, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and is funded by FEMA.
    (Lindy Lowe) (415/352-3642; lindy.lowe@bcdc.ca.gov)
  9. Commission Consideration of Support Letter for the Exploratorium’s Grant Proposal to NOAA
    The Commission will consider whether to support the Exploratorium’s request for an “Environmental Literacy Grant” as part of NOAA’s mission-related education awards. Staff has prepared a draft letter of support for the Commission’s consideration.
    (Larry Goldzband) (415/352-3653; larry.goldzband@bcdc.ca.gov)
  10. Sediment Science Workshop Briefing
    The Commission will receive a staff briefing on the Sediment Science Workshop it held in October 2015 to identify regional sediment science priorities. The briefing will cover the workshop program and goals, initial outcomes, and next steps. (Heather Perry) [415/352-3626; heather.perry@bcdc.ca.gov]

  1. Briefing on Caltrans’ November 2015 Controlled Implosion of Pier E3
    The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will brief the Commission on the Pier E3 controlled implosion that took place on November 14, 2015.  Caltrans will present preliminary findings and data for hydroacoustic, biological and water quality monitoring efforts and the post-blast hydrographic survey of the Pier E3 site.
    (Jaime Michaels) [415/352-3613; jaime.michaels@bcdc.ca.gov]

  1. Briefings from the Commission’s Adapting to Rising Tides (ART) Program
    The Commission will receive three briefings on recent work that has been completed by the Commission’s ART Program, which works with San Francisco Bay Area agencies, organizations and communities to assess the vulnerability and risk of shoreline and community resources to sea level rise and storm events. The ART Program has developed strategies to help communi­cate and resolve these complex issues and integrate adaptation into local and regional planning and decision-making.

    1. ART Portfolio This newly-launched website provides planning guidance, tools and information that have been developed, tested and refined by the ART Program team and various stakeholder working groups to address the specific challenges of climate change. In this briefing, staff will provide a virtual tour of the ART Portfolio’s resources available to all organizations and communities.
      (Sara Polgar) [415/352-3654; sara.polgar@bcdc.ca.gov
    2. ART: Head of Tide
      As sea levels rise, new and prolonged flooding will occur both on the shoreline and also in tidal creeks and channels.  The ART Program has developed an approach to assess the effects a rising Bay may have on tidal creeks and channels so that communities can begin to plan for increasing flood risks.  Staff will present findings from work conducted with the Contra Costa Flood Control District as well as share how the ART Program plans to advance this important work regionally.
      (Wendy Goodfriend) [415/352-3646; wendy.goodfriend@bcdc.ca.gov]
    3. ART: Shoreline Parks
      The ART Program conducted a sea level rise vulnerability and risk assessment for the East Bay Regional Park District’s shoreline parks. The assessment was completed through the NOAA Coastal Zone Management Fellowship program and in conjunction with East Bay Regional Park District staff.
      (Maggie Wenger) [415/352-3647; maggie.wenger@bcdc.ca.gov]
  1. Adjournment