IMPORTANCE OF DREDGING TO OUR ECONOMY
The Bay Planning Coalition for thirty years has advocated for an economic and science based approach to a rational dredging policy in the San Francisco Bay and Delta. California’s ports and terminals are the key to the movement of goods into and out of Northern California. Our region is ranked as the 17th biggest economy in the world, with a GDP of $ 828 billion. Our ports represent:
- Our ports handle 10.9% of total West Coast maritime trade by tonnage, 79.9% of it containerized
- Northern California Ports (primarily the Port of Oakland), handle 11% of the container trade and 6.1% of the general cargo trade of the West Coast
- The Port of Stockton handled the second largest tonnage of California Bulk/Break Bulk ports in FY11-11
- The Port of Oakland moves more than 2 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) annually, and impacts about 827,000 jobs nationwide
- Greater Bay Area Ports handled imports and exports totaling 30.1 million metric tons in 2012
The five oil refineries in the Bay Area produce 35 % of the refining capacity in California, which is approximately 778,000 barrels per day. The direct economic impact of this fuel production to Contra Costa and Solano Counties is tremendous; 76,238 direct and indirect jobs, labor income earnings of $ 7.7 billion, and tax revenues of $ 1.1 billion to local, state and federal entities in 2012. The fuel which is produced is integral to our economy and beyond; it powers the planes, rail, vehicles and vessels which move the products we produce and consume throughout the country and world.
The dredging community in the San Francisco Bay and Delta operates in naturally shallow water depths. Dredging and disposal of dredged materials are essential to maintaining port activities such as maritime trade, recreational boating and other public trust issues. BPC agrees that dredging should be accomplished within economic and environmental constraints, although a multitude of environmental, funding, contracting, regulatory and physical challenges make this a difficult undertaking.
The Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) is committed to working in a collaborative manner with key stakeholders and agency partnerships like the Dredged Material Management Office (DMMO). The BPC’s strong relationship with the San Francisco Bay Development Commission (BCDC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board (SFRWQCB) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is critical to the dredging community. It is within this working alliance that BPC can discuss, evaluate, and advocate the interests of the dredging community.
Due to these solid associations and alliances, BPC is currently engaged in an effort to work with our stakeholders on securing necessary funding for our region from federal legislation under the Water Resources Recovery Development Act (WRRDA – House) and Water Resources Development Act (WRDA – Senate) for dredging and beneficial reuse of dredged material.
Jaclyn Gnusti, Anchor QEA (Chair); Bill Hanson, Great Lakes Dredge & Dock; Jim Levine, Montezuma Wetlands; Bill Dutra, The Dutra Group; Elizabeth Copley, Independent Consultant; Josh Gravenmier, ARCADIS; Chad Culbertson, Chevron; Mike Giari, Port of Redwood City; Jim McNally, Manson Construction; Priya Finnemore, ESA; Chris Elias, Santa Clara Valley Water District; Bill Butler, Lind Marine Inc.; Thanh Vuong, Port of Oakland; Josh Burnam, Anchor QEA; Bridgette DeShields, Integral Consulting; Scott Bodensteiner, Haley & Aldrich; Barbara McDonnell, MWH; Eli Deshaies, Vortex Marine Construction, Inc; Arielle Harris, Downey Brand LLP; Justin Semion, WRA,Inc.; Sean Avent, WRA, Inc.; Shannon Alford, Port of San Francisco; Michael Johnson, Chevron; Russell Barnes, Wilshire Consulting; Anna Johnson, Moffatt & Nichol; Gary Oates, ESA; Jeffrey Cotsifas, Pacific EcoRisk; Megan Collins, AECOM; and Michelle Connolly, Chevron.
2017 Meeting Schedule (subject to change):
- Thursday, February 23, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Thursday, May 25, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Thursday, August 24, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Thursday, November 9, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Scientific Studies of the LTMS Program
- Memorandum – Summary of a Potential Regional General Permit (RGP) for San Francisco Bay dredging & facility maintenance activities
- Regional Monitoring Program Dredger Fee Schedule for 2017-2019
- 2016 DredgeFest California: Key Findings & Recommendations
If you are interested in participating in the Dredging & Beneficial Reuse Committee or have other questions associated with this committee, please contact Betty Kwan, Policy Associate.