Sharing Knowledge: Spring Summit Insights Presented to LTMS Management Committee

While BPC’s 2017 Spring Summit has come to end, certainly the topics of conversation that participants engaged in during the conference are still at the forefront of issues being faced by many organizations in the region and  the region as a whole. Today, we continued to share insights from the Spring Summit with a presentation to the San Francisco Bay Long Term Management Strategy (LTMS) Management Committee. The LTMS is a cooperative effort of different agencies, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and various stakeholders, to develop new approaches to dredging and dredged material disposal in San Francisco Bay. Jaclyn Gnusti, Managing Engineer at Anchor QEA and chair of BPC’s Dredging & Beneficial Reuse Committee, provided a debrief on the Spring Summit at the LTMS meeting.

If you did not attend the Spring Summit, you can watch the full conference on BPC’s YouTube page. We talked about Navigating Regulatory Uncertainty, Short & Long Terms Risks to the Bay Area, and Debating the Risks – Where to Begin? We also had in-depth presentations and discussions on the region’s economic outlook, how the region will have to pivot to deal with rising sea levels, and where the region struggles to coordinate responses to some of these pressing issues.

In addition to hearing from our speakers, we also heard from our audience of over 200 through audience polling. Here is a sample of some of the questions and answers:

Has your business or organization been impacted by federal regulatory changes made since President Trump took office, or do you expect it to be within a year?

  • YES: 46%
  • NO: 54%

If you have to choose one entity to direct regional sea level rise preparedness, which would it be?

  • The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission: 36%
  • A new regional agency specifically created to address sea level rise in the Bay Area: 36%
  • The Association of Bay Area Governments: 11%
  • The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: 5%
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Commission: 2%

[Regarding sea level rise] What does the audience think? Manageable or apocalypse?

  • Manageable: 73%
  • Apocalypse: 27%

We appreciated the opportunity to create dialogue among the region’s industry and regulatory leaders, and will continue to share knowledge from the Spring Summit and other BPC activities. If you or your organization would like to learn about this year’s Spring Summit, or engage in next year’s, contact us!

The Bay Planning Coalition is a non-profit organization well known for its advocacy and credibility in the San Francisco Bay Area corporate and environmental community. When we speak about an issue, legislators and regulators listen.” – John A. Coleman CEO