Comment Letter to EPA Regarding Uncertainties in Draft Aquatic Life Ambient Estuarine/Marine Water Quality Criteria for Copper 2016

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a draft Aquatic Life Ambient Estuarine/Marine Water Quality Criteria for Copper on July 29, 2016, for a 60-day public comment period. In short, the updated criteria aims to adopt new copper  standards to protect aquatic life, particularly in and around coastal harbors and marinas, by using the Biotic Ligand Model […]

BPC Board Votes to Support Measure RR and Prop 67

This week Bay Planning Coalition’s (BPC) Board of Directors officially weighed in on three measures that will be on the ballot in November. BPC is supporting Measure RR, the BART Bond, and Prop 67, the Plastic Bag Ban Veto Referendum. We are opposing Prop 65, the Carryout Bag Change Initiative. We encourage everyone to read through the extensive voter information pamphlet that will be […]

BPC Joins In Letter to SWRCB Regarding Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Materials

In a letter addressed to the State Water Resources Control Board on August 18, 2016, BPC joined a coalition of organizations to comment on the Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Materials to Waters of the State (“Procedures”), formerly known as the Wetland and Riparian Protection Policy. The letter addresses stakeholders’ concerns, including vague […]

BIA Bay Area & BPC Files Reply In Support of Petition for Writ of Certiorari Regarding Green Sturgeon Critical Habitat

This morning, a reply in Support of Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit was filed with the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of petitioners Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) and Building Industry Association of the Bay Area (BIA Bay Area) versus the United States […]

BPC Opposes Senate Bill 1387 in Letter to Bay Area Delegation

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) sent a formal letter to all Bay Area Assemblymembers voicing our opposition to Senate Bill 1387 (SB 1387). The bill, introduced by Senators De León, Allen, and Lara, compromises local control of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). If it passes, it would pose a threat […]

East Bay Times Commentary on Proposition 53 by BPC CEO John A. Coleman

Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) opposes Proposition 53, a measure on California’s ballot this November. Also known as the “Cortopassi Initiative”, Prop 53 would require voter approval before the state could issue funds in public infrastructure bonds that require increases in taxes or fees for repayment.  Hear what our CEO has to say about Proposition 53 in the news […]

BPC Joins in Letter to Request Extended Public Comment Period for Proposed Procedures for Discharges of Dredged or Fill Materials to Waters of the State

In a formal e-mail to the Chair and Executive Director of the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board), Bay Planning Coalition joined with other organizations to request that the State Board conduct additional outreach and extend the public comment period in regards to the Proposed Amendments to the California Ocean Plan and Inland Surface […]

Letter to San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board on Proposed RMP Fees

Letter to San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board on Proposed RMP Fees Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) represents the dredging community of San Francisco Bay and is working with the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) to find an agreeable option that alters the Regional Monitoring Program’s (RMP) fee structure for dredgers in order to make […]

BPC Letter to Bay Area Delegation on Long-Term Water Conservation and Management Strategy

The Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) submitted a formal letter to all Assembly and Senate members of the Bay Area to request advocacy for a more sustainable approach to water conservation that complements the critical plans for and local investments in water supply reliability actions needed to meet California’s 21st century water needs. In regards to the State […]

BPC Letter in Support of H.R. 4615

The Bay Planning Coalition supports U.S. Representative Jared Huffman’s sponsorship of H.R. 4615, the Water Conservation Rebate Tax Parity Act. H.R. 4615 would amend the Internal Revenue Service Code to exclude water conservation, efficiency and storm water management rebates from local water agencies to their ratepayers from being considered part of the recipients’ gross income for […]