Sand Mining Litigation Update

Arielle O. Harris of Downey Brand LLP provided an update at the February 21st BPC Board of Directors meeting on the Sand Mining Litigation. The case involves a challenge by San Francisco Baykeeper, Inc. of leases to submerged lands in San Francisco Bay issued in 2012 by the California State Lands Commission (SLC) to private […]

State Water Board Anticipates Revised Draft for Waters of the State Procedures to be Released in May

BPC CEO John Coleman participated in a conference call on February 16th updating interested stakeholders on the State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Water Board) proposal to include a “State Wetlands Definition and Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Material to Waters of the State” in the forthcoming Water Quality Control Plan for Inland […]

BPC Signs onto Bay Area Council Letter to California Water Commission

BPC has officially signed onto a letter authored by the Bay Area Council to the California Water Commission expressing concerns with the draft Public Benefits Ratios released for Proposition 1 support-eligible projects. Having found that the draft ratios would only allocate $1.7 billion of the $2.7 billion approved by Proposition 1, the Bay Area Council […]

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 […]