BPC Urges Senate Appropriations to Support AB 2441-Removal Funding for Commercial Vessels

August 3, BPC submitted a letter to Assemblymember Jim Frazier (11th District) in support of AB 2441 – Abandoned Commercial Vessel Removal Funding. Members of BPC’s Marinas and Boatyards Committee have expressed concerns on the issue of abandoned and derelict vessels, including the lack of sufficient funding for removal. Abandoned vessels impact water quality as well as impede […]

BPC Signs On as Supporter of San Francisco Seawall Bond Measure

BPC has officially signed on to support the $425 million seawall general obligation bond proposed by the Port of San Francisco to fund the first phase of the Seawall Program, which will address the deteriorating condition of the Embarcadero Seawall and the threats it faces from earthquakes and sea level rise. The bond will be […]

Measure AA Update

Progress continues on the distribution of funds for wetland restoration established by Measure AA, a BPC-supported ballot measure passed in 2016. The related funds are expected to total $500 million over the next 20 years and are being distributed by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. Local public media outlet KQED has been posting stories […]

WRDA and USACE Update

The Senate still has yet to debate and vote on the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S. 2800) despite efforts to bring it to the floor before its August recess. This bill is the Senate version of the Water Resources and Development Act (WRDA) bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives June 8 in an […]

BPC Sets Course on Air Quality Regulation

On July 11, the Resources & Infrastructure and Legislative & Regulatory Committees met together to discuss and strategize around BPC’s approach to air quality policy. We came out of the productive meeting with several action items: Comment Letters: On July 23, BPC sent a comment letter on to the California Air Resources Board regardings its […]

BPC Submits Letter in Favor of NEPA Reforms

On July 20, BPC submitted a comment letter to the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) regarding its plans to potentially update its implementing regulations for the procedural provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The primary suggestion made in the letter is that NEPA be updated to echo the “categorical exemptions” that the California […]

BPC Prepares to Engage on AB-617

In 2017, the California State Legislature passed AB-617 and in effect established the Community Air Protection Program (CAPP), which aims to mitigate air quality related health risks at the community level. In accordance with CAPP, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) will be submitting its final selections for candidate communities for consideration to the California Air […]

“San Francisco Bay Coalition” Sends New Letter Regarding Beneficial Use Pilot Program

On June 21, a coalition of organizations including BPC, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the Coastal Conservancy, Save The Bay and The Bay Institute sent a letter to Senators Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris and Congressmen Jeff Denham and John Garamendi reiterating its earlier request that the Restoring San Francisco Bay’s […]

BPC Advocates for Beneficial Reuse of Dredged Sediment in South Bay Salt Pond Phase 2 Support Letter

In a letter submitted to the California State Coastal Conservancy on June 5, BPC provided comments in support of the South Bay Salt Pond (SBSP) Restoration Project Phase 2 Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) for the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER). Among other things, Phase 2 would incrementally advance the 50-year plan to convert up to […]

BPC Dredging & Beneficial Reuse Committee Meets with Corps on Strategic Placement Framework Study

Members of BPC’s Dredging & Beneficial Reuse Committee had the special opportunity to discuss the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) Draft Strategic Placement Framework Report with Corps staff on June 4. Craig Conner (Long Term Management Strategy Program Manager and Flood Risk Manager, San Francisco District) and Thomas Williams (Deputy District Engineer for […]