BPC Convenes Congressional Meeting to Discuss Dredging for Richmond Outer Harbor & Pinole Shoal Channels

BPC has been working with key regulatory agencies and stakeholders to understand the limited dredging schedule that was implemented for the Richmond Outer Harbor channel and subsequently the Pinole Shoal channel in 2017.¬†On February 1st, Congressmen Mark DeSaulnier (District 11) and Mike Thompson (District 5) convened a meeting with BPC and key stakeholders, including: U.S. […]

BPC Endorses 2018 California Water Bond

At its meeting on February 21st, the BPC Board of Directors voted to officially endorse the Water Supply and Water Quality Act of the 2018 (Water Bond). This bond, which will appear on the California state ballot this November, will provide $8.877 billion for water supply and infrastructure efforts, including but not limited to wastewater […]

Regional Water Board to Ease Regulatory Process for Small, Non-Invasive Overwater Structure Projects

In a letter to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, BPC responded to the Regional Water Board’s recent resolution to adopt an Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration and Tentative Order for overwater structures in San Francisco Bay. On January 8th, BPC members had the opportunity to sit down with Fred Hetzel, […]

BPC Presents 2018-2030 Strategic Plan at BCDC Commission Meeting

Senior Policy Associate Betty Kwan presented at the San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission’s (BCDC) Commission meeting on January 4th. Executive Director Larry Goldzband invited BPC to introduce its strategic plan and framework for 2018-2030, which were newly updated at BPC’s Strategic Planning Retreat in November 2017. Betty talked about the organization’s two strategic […]

BPC to Participate in Port of Oakland’s MAQIP Implementation Task Force

The Port of Oakland is convening a Task Force as part of their effort to update their Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan (MAQIP), a comprehensive plan designed to reduce port emissions and mitigate impacts on local air quality, to include new long-term goals through the year 2030. The Task Force, which consists of regional experts […]

BPC Writes Letter of Support for Alameda CTC Application for Funding

Last week, BPC submitted a letter of support for the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s application for funding under the California Transportation Commission’s 2018 Trade Corridor Enhancement Program. The funding would support two key projects as part of the Global Opportunities at the Port of Oakland (GoPort) program: the 7th Street Grade Separation (East) Project and […]

US Army Corps of Engineers Releases WRDA 2016 Implementation Guidance

US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Headquarters released Implementation Guidance this month for WRDA (Water Resources Development Act) 2016. In it includes Guidance for Section 1122 (Beneficial Use of Dredged Material, Special Rule and Disposal at Non-Federal Cost), which BPC and other key organizations helped to develop. We continue to advocate at the highest level […]

BPC Prepares to Address BCDC Regarding Our Updated Strategic Plan

Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Executive Director Larry Goldzband has invited BPC CEO John Coleman to make a special presentation at BCDC’s January 4 commission meeting regarding the strategic planning goals developed at BPC’s Strategic Planning Retreat in Monterey in early November. A key part of the presentation will be sharing the two updated […]

BPC Continues Advocacy Around Limited Richmond Outer Harbor Dredging Schedule

As we reported in our¬†November Newsletter, Douglas W. Lamont, the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) recently provided a response to a letter sent in September by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier and Rep. Mike Thompson regarding the limited dredging schedule of the Richmond Outer Harbor and the Pinole […]

BPC Provides Comment on Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan

On December 14, BPC staff attended the Port of Oakland (the Port) Board of Commissioners Meeting and provided comment on the Port’s efforts to update their Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan (MAQIP), a comprehensive plan designed to reduce port emissions and mitigate impacts on local air quality. BPC recognizes that the Port has taken tremendous […]