San Francisco Bay Joint Venture: News Update

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  • by BPC Staff
  • on August 2, 2012


San Francisco Bay Joint Venture          UPDATE


August 2


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 Bay Area IRWMP Accepting Project Submissions – Don’t Miss Out On This Potential Funding Opportunity


 As many of you are aware, The Bay Area Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan is being updated. The Update Team has set  September 1st as the deadline for submitting and updating projects. Projects must be listed in the updated plan in order to be considered for future IRWM funding opportunities. Many of your projects have been submitted to the regional IRWMP groups as adopted SFBJV projects, but they must still be entered individually into their template.


Please go to  for information on submitting and updating your projects. You will need to have or create website access account to view some information and submit/update a project. 




 New SFBJV Outreach Strategy 

What’s In It For You?


  We’ve spent some time the last few months revising our outreach strategy to reflect current issues and priority audiences. 

As partners of the JV you might find it comes in handy if you are ever asked to talk about the JV, our projects, the partnership, or the value of wetlands.   In an effort to capture who we are and what we do, the plan includes key messages tailored to specific audiences as well as the tools we use to share those and our intended goals and outcomes.  You also might find it a useful model for your own communications plan if you are in the midst of working one up.  To receive a copy contact Caroline Warner, Public Outreach Coordinator –   




Deadline: August 28, 2012 – Department of Fish and Game Environmental Enhancement Fund Grant Program (flyer)

The State’s oil spill agency, the California Department of Fish and Game Office of Spill Prevention and Response, is seeking grant proposals for projects to enhance California’s marine habitat. This grant, administered through the Environmental Enhancement Fund (EEF), is available to coastal communities including cities, nonprofit organizations, counties, districts, state agencies, and departments, and (to the extent permitted by federal law) federal agencies.

Details and RFP.


Deadline October 25, 2012 – NAWCA Small Grants: The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. This program supports the same type of projects and adheres to the same selection criteria and administrative guidelines as the U.S. Standard Grants Program. However, project activities are usually smaller in scope and involve fewer project dollars. Grant requests may not exceed $75,000, and funding priority is given to grantees or partners new to the Act’s Grants Program. Note: Small grants are an underutilized part of the Act; they are much easier than standard grants and they’ve raised the cap to $75,000. All potential applicants should contact SFBJV Coordinator Beth Huning at or 415-259-0334 well in advance for input on ways to make their application competitive on a national level. .


2013 Deadline: November 1, 2012. Webless Migratory Game Bird Program The primary purpose of the WMGBP is to support activities that will improve management of the 16 species of migratory shore and upland game birds (MSUGBs, Table 1) in North America. The Migratory Shore and Upland Game Bird Support Task Force, organized through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, developed a set of priority information needs by convening a series of workshops. The workshops included broad representation (i.e., federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, and university researchers) familiar with the research and management needs for these species. Priorities identified at the workshops (see Appendix A for a list of priorities) should be used to guide proposal development and will be used by the review committee to select projects that address these priority information needs.


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Cosco Busan Oil Spill Settlement – Recreational Use Grant Program

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, together with California Department of Fish and Game and the California State Lands Commission, request pre-proposals under the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Settlement – Recreational Use Grant Program (Program) for recreational projects that compensate the public for the loss of use and enjoyment of public beaches, parks, and other public or natural resources as a result of the Cosco Busan oil spill. Pre-proposal Due Date: April 26, 2012 Full Proposal Due Date: September 10, 2012. $6.8 million available. Contact Liz Epstein, Senior Manager, Impact-Directed Environmental Accounts, 415-243-3102 or


Climate Funding Opportunities: These opportunities represent a snapshot of what is currently available (as of July 12, 2012). Future grant opportunities are contingent upon funding appropriations.



California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)

WCB continues to provide funding for wetland, riparian, oak woodland, and other fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects and land acquisition (easement and fee title) from Propositions 40, 50, and 117.  The WCB’s Riparian, Inland Wetlands, and Oak Woodland programs continue, and are continuously open for proposal submission. 

More information can be found on our website.


Coastal Program in San Francisco Bay  The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service operates a partnership program in the Bay, Delta and the estuary’s local watersheds. About $220,000 is available each year to obligate to projects that restore fish and wildlife habitat, provide essential information to decision makers advising them on habitat restoration, or performs habitat-related advocacy and outreach. The emphasis is on estuarine benefits and for “on-the-ground” projects. About 260 wide-ranging projects involving all kinds of partners have been supported since 1992. CFDA Number 15.630. Contact John Klochak, Coastal Program Manager, San Francisco Bay Area, San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, 9500 Thornton Ave. Newark, CA 94560. Phone: 510-792-0717 ext 223, FAX: 510-792-5828 Email:




Hercules wins back $1.8 million state wetlands grant as international duck organization steps forward  San Jose Mercury News, July 24, 2012


Marin open space tax bid moves ahead as officials drop state parks from plan  Marin Independent Journal, July 24, 2012


Petaluma park scores high in “Best Park” contest  Petaluma360, July 24, 2012


Academy reviews oyster facts  Point Reyes Light, July 12, 2012


Ducks Unlimited to help restore wetland  SFGate, July 23, 2012


Building homes for oysters in S.F. Bay  SFGate, July 20, 2012


Plan approved to restore Breuner Marsh and open it to public  San Jose Mercury News, July 4, 2012


Lawmakers take $11 billion water bond off November ballot, delay vote until 2014| Sacramento Bee, July 6, 2012 SF Gate, June 24, 2012


These and other news stories can be found here.






August 11, 2012 | Second Saturday of the Month Open House

August 12, 2012 | Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration

August 16, 2012 | 2012 Western Pond Turtle Workshop at the Elkhorn Slough

August 16, 2012 | Third Thursday of the Month Summer Open House

August 20, 2012 | Economic Tools for Conservation – 2012 International Course

August 31, 2012 | Weed Team Work Event



September 01, 2012 | Professional Development Wetland Science Series–Fall 2012

September 02, 2012 | IRWM Planning Grant Application Workshop

September 08, 2012 | Creek Stewardship Work Day

September 08, 2012 | Second Saturday of the Month Open House

September 14, 2012 | Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

September 15, 2012 | Advanced Wetland Delineation

September 17, 2012 | CRAM for Riverine and Estuarine Wetlands: 3-day Riverine and 2-day Estuarine Practitioner Training

September 21, 2012 | Data Acquisition in Geographic Information Systems



October 09, 2012 | 2012 RMP Annual Meeting

October 10, 2012 | National Association of Environmental Education national conference

October 11, 2012 | California Invasive Plant Council Symposium (abstracts due June 15)

October 13, 2012 | Second Saturday of the Month Open House

October 16, 2012 | Save the date: 2012 Bay-Delta Science Conference

October 16, 2012 | 7th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference 2012

October 20, 2012 | 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration–Call for Proposals attached


November and beyond

November 10, 2012 | Second Saturday of the Month Open House

November 14, 2012 | CARCD Annual Conference 2012

November 14, 2012 | The Future of Conservation: New Strategies for a Changing World

December 08, 2012 | Second Saturday of the Month Open House

January 27, 2013 | Ecology and Conservation of North American Waterfowl







BCDC appoints Lawrence J. Goldzband new Executive Director


Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Notice of Availaility For Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access Project


Waterfowl Population Status, 2012 (report)


Partners in Flight Strategic Action Plan–read it now (pdf)


Register now for Restore America’s Estuaries Conference, to take part in SPECIAL SESSIONS. Space is limited


Scholarships available for the 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration: Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities in Tampa, Florida, October 20-24, 2012. Application deadline 8/15/12.Scholarship Application FL12.pdf


Notice of Public Hearing, Notice of Adoption Hearing and Opportunity for Public Comment: Draft Statewide General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for Residual Pesticide Discharges to Waters of the United States from Algae and Aquatic Weed Control Applications





Restoration Education Specialist, Save the Bay | Appl. Deadline: 2012-08-06  


Resource Conservationist, Alameda County Resource Conservation District (ACRCD) | Appl. Deadline: 2012-08-17



 Open Until Filled


Conservation Planning/GIS Technician, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority 



Habitat Restoration Ecologist, Prunuske Chatham, Inc.



Restoration Specialist, Save the Bay


Executive Director, The San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory (SFBBO)



Executive Director, Bay Area Open Space Council (BAOSC)


Regional Biologist – SF Bay Area and Coastal California, Ducks Unlimited


Restoration and Education Internship, Winter 2012-13, PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO) 






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