BPC to Sign National Letter in Support of NOAA Coastal Zone Management Program

President Trump’s recently proposed budget for 2018 cuts funding to over a dozen federal agencies and departments. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, State Department, and Agriculture Department would experience the deepest reductions at 31%, 29%, and 21%, respectively. Furthermore, the proposed budget would completely eliminate funding to 19 agencies. If the cuts in President Trump’s proposed […]

President’s Budget Proposal Puts Bay Area at Risk

As details of President Trumps proposed budget – entitled, “America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” – are revealed, it is increasingly clear that it includes spending cuts that put the Bay Area at great risk. So much so, that Senator Dianne Feinstein said this week, “This is the most draconian budget I’ve […]

San Francisco Bay Boating Community Convenes at First Expert Briefing of 2017

On March 9th, Bay Planning Coalition’s first Expert Briefing of 2017 convened over 60 individuals from across San Francisco Bay to learn about some of the key issues impacting the Bay’s recreational boating community. Hosted at Brickyard Cove Marina, attendees included those from various boating associations, public and private marinas, ship and boatyards, and several […]

New Executive Order Redirects “Waters of the United States”

New Executive Order Redirects “Waters of the United States” Wendy L. Manley Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP Whatever you think “Waters of the US” might currently mean under Clean Water Act, expect it to change again.  On February 28, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing the EPA & Corps of Engineers to review […]

State Drought Levels Fall Dramatically

A new report issued by the U.S. Drought Monitor this week says that less than 20 percent of California is currently experiencing drought conditions – the lowest percentage since 2011. Just three months ago that number was more than 70%. Recent rains across the state have led to widespread flooding and road closures, leading many to believe that […]

What a Mexican Import Tax Might Mean for West Coast Ports

Following a series of controversial proposals and the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership, many are holding their breath as they await the Trump administration’s next move on trade. Trump’s proposals, such as a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico, might not only sour our relationships with some of our […]

BPC Takes a Deeper Look at Abandoned & Derelict Vessels in San Francisco Bay

This past week, BPC staff was invited to attend an Abandoned Vessels Work Group meeting at the California State Lands Commission offices in Hercules. The meeting was attended by officials from numerous federal, state, and local agencies including the U.S. Coast Guard, Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, […]

The Future of California’s Greenhouse Gas Regulation

This week, BPC staff attended a dinner meeting of the Air & Waste Management Association, featuring a presentation by Richard Corey, Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Mr. Corey gave an insightful presentation on how California’s air quality and greenhouse gas regulations have shaped our economy thus far, and the direction of […]

Trump’s Action on Trans Pacific Partnership Raises Concerns Over What Comes Next

Amongst a slew of executive orders signed in his first week of office, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, on Monday. Trump’s action does not create any sort of immediate impact since the TPP is not yet in effect and still at the mercy of Congress, where […]

BPC Joins the Conversation at CMANC Winter Meeting

This week, BPC staff traveled to Redondo Beach in Southern California to attend the Winter Meeting of California Marine Affairs and Navigation Conference (CMANC). CMANC is a membership organization representing California harbors, ports and marine interest groups. As an organization that also includes members in these groups, BPC has a long history of working with CMANC and […]