Collaboration Key in Adopting New RMP Fee Schedule for San Francisco Bay’s Dredger Community

Earlier this year, BPC held an Expert Briefing on the Regional Monitoring Program (RMP) and the upcoming dredger fee schedule for 2017-2019. After much collaboration with the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) and the Regional Water Board, the Steering Committee of the RMP approved the dredger fee schedule for 2017-2019.

Click here to read the letter released from the Regional Water Board on the dredger fee schedule for 2017-2019.

BPC Expert Briefing on RMP Fee Schedule for 2017-2019 (March 1, 2016)

BPC Expert Briefing on RMP Fee Schedule for 2017-2019 (March 1, 2016)

The RMP, administered by SFEI, monitors and collects data on water quality in San Francisco Bay. Such data then helps water regulators in making management decisions. The Program is in part funded by those that discharge into the Bay, including the disposal of dredged materials. Here, BPC represents the dredger community for the Steering and Technical Review Committees, which oversee the Program along with the Regional Water Board.

We give a special thank you to the members of BPC’s Dredging and Beneficial Reuse Committee, chaired by Jaclyn Gnusti of Anchor QEA, for their invaluable input during the development of the new fee schedule. In doing so, Committee member Shannon Alford of Port of San Francisco was able to join the RMP’s Technical Review Committee. We appreciate Shannon’s leadership in representing the Committee’s interests in the RMP as BPC continues to collaborate with SFEI and the Regional Water Board on these matters in the future.

The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay was established in 1993. (Image source: SFEI)

The Regional Monitoring Program for Water Quality in San Francisco Bay was established in 1993. (Image source: SFEI)

 

Lastly, we thank the staff at SFEI and the Regional Water Board for the opportunity to work together. BPC understands the value of the RMP and is appreciative of the opportunity to help develop an equitable fee structure that both supports the Program and considers the input of those in the dredger community.

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