With the Annual Spring Summit Less than a Week Away, BPC is Poised for a Day of Engaging Conversations on the Region’s Most Critical Issues

What is the state of the regulatory landscape? What are the threats facing our region and how can we address them when so much is changing? Considering all of these challenges and risks, how do we even start to prioritize our efforts and resources? These questions and more will be addressed this upcoming Thursday, May […]

HayWired Scenario Seeks to Improve Planning and Preparedness for the Next Big One

What if a magnitude 7.0 earthquake happens on the Hayward fault starting under Oakland, California, on 4/18/18 at 4:18 pm? That is the question guiding the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) HayWired project, which is taking an in-depth look at the scenario posed above. Stakeholders from across the Bay Area, including Bay Planning Coalition (BPC), met […]

Latest OPC Report to Serve as Guidance for State and Local Planning Efforts Along California Shorelines

This week, the Ocean Protection Council (OPC) released their latest findings on sea level rise in a report entitled, “Rising Seas in California: An Update on Sea-Level Rise Science”. The OPC report was requested by the California Ocean Protection Council and the California Natural Resource Agency in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Planning and […]

MTC and ABAG release Plan Bay Area 2040 Draft Plan

This week, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) released a full Draft Plan for the Plan Bay Area 2040 project. The Draft Plan and all related information about the project can be accessed here.   Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) staff member Brianne Riley attended a meeting led by MTC on Tuesday, […]

Spotlight on Emerging Environmental Risks for the San Francisco Bay

This week Bay Planning Coalition held a sold out Expert Briefing event on Emerging Environmental Risks for the San Francisco Bay Area. (The agenda and presentation slides are available here.)   Below is a recap of the topics addressed by the three expert panelists: Robert Battalio, Environmental Science Associates Scott B. Birkey, Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP Ed Morales, […]

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 […]