News From the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, April 2013

  • by BPC Staff
  • on April 29, 2013






APRIL 26, 2013





Phase II of the Cullinan Ranch Restoration project is complete!  Even though the fishing/observation pier and canoe/kayak facilities are currently sitting over puddles, the restoration will eventually include flooding the whole 1,500 acre restoration site making these facilities more enticing. 


Work is underway to provide funding for acceleration/deceleration lanes to safely access and exit these facilities for west bound traffic.  Phase III will also include construction along SR37 to place rip-rap to protect the route from the protection levee near Guadalcanal to the Pond 1 Cullinan turn-off.  Once flooding happens, the public will see a 1,500 acre lake until sedimentation builds to marsh plane.  Find out more …




The Ocean Protection Council, California Coastal Commission and State Coastal Conservancy have announced the availability of grants to encourage local governments and other entities responsible for planning under the California Coastal Act to develop and adopt updated plans that conserve and protect coastal resources (outside the Golden Gate) from future impacts of sea-level rise and related climate change impacts such as extreme weather events.

Applications are due July 15, 2013. They expect to award grants in the fall of 2013. Applications must be emailed (or postmarked) by the submission date. The full announcement is available here.




Deadline 2013-04-30:

San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail grant program

The Water Trail program is now accepting grant applications from eligible public agencies and non-profits for Water Trail site enhancement projects. Applications will be accepted continuously until funding is exhausted, but applicants are encouraged to submit proposals by April 30, 2013 in order to be among the first proposals considered. You may download the application package here, or at or


Deadline 2013-04-30:

Patagonia Environmental Grants  Patagonia funds only environmental work. We are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. Because we believe that true change will occur only through a strong grassroots movement, our funding focuses on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support. More


Deadline 2013-05-01:

Fund for Wild Nature Fund for Wild Nature Grants

Provides small grants for North American campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity. More


Deadline 2013-05-10:

California Coastal Conservancy Explore the Coast Grant

Grants for projects that facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to “Explore the Coast.” More


Deadline 2013-05-20:

Sea Grant California California Sea Grant College Program

For 2013, the Delta Science Fellows Program is encouraging the submission of research proposals that address one or more of the priority research topics associated with the five main policy areas outlined in the Delta Plan. more


Deadline 2013-06-01:

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Acres for America. Acres for America is a partnership between Walmart Stores, Inc. and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The Acres for America program was established to provide funding for projects that conserve important habitat for fish, wildlife, and plants through acquisition of interest in real property. The goal of the Acres for America program is to offset the footprint of Walmart’s domestic facilities on at least an acre by acre basis through these acquisitions. Preproposals are accepted annually on June 1. More


Deadline 2013-06-28:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program NOTE: All applications will need to be submitted by a state agency partner, and potential applicants should also contact the SFBJV to let them know of their intent and for JV assistance. The announcement of availability and request for applications for the FY 2014 National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program is posted on (CFDA 15.614). 

Partial Timeline:

*Now-May 2013 – Work with Coastal Program Local Managers, and with Bart Prose and Samantha Marcum, to design project and develop your application

*May 18 – Optional (but encouraged) Pre-applications “due” for early review by FWS Regional Office (RO) – email to Bart and Samantha
*June 8 – RO will return pre-applications with comments and suggestions no later than this date
*June 26 – Begin to submit applications online
*June 28 – Official applications due to by 8:59 PST



Deadline 2013-07-15:

California Ocean Protection Council Local Coastal Program Sea-Level Rise Adaptation Grant

The Ocean Protection Council, California Coastal Commission and State Coastal Conservancy has announced the availability of grants to encourage local governments and other entities responsible for planning under the California Coastal Act to develop and adopt updated plans that conserve and protect coastal resources from future impacts from sea-level rise and related climate change impacts such as extreme weather events.

Note: this is only applicable to Coastal Act planning jurisdictions, so outside the golden gate. SCC will be releasing a more general climate change grant opportunity in a few weeks. More



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – NOAA Estuary Habitat Restoration Project

The Council seeks projects that achieve cost-effective restoration while promoting partnerships among agencies and between public and private sectors. More


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency San Francisco Bay Area Water Quality Improvement Fund 2013–Expect RFP pending budget authorization

EPA expects to release a new competitive solicitation for projects sometime in May to protect and restore SF Bay and its watersheds. Since 2008 EPA has awarded over $27 million dollars through the SF Bay competitive grant program. The expected amount of funding to be made available under the new solicitation will be approximately $5 million pending authorization of the 2013 federal budget. 


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. for inquiries contact  (916) 445-8448.


Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program   The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program in the San Francisco Bay Area invites ongoing requests for assistance for voluntary habitat restoration projects primarily, but not limited to, the North Bay and East Bay counties. Eligible applicants include individual landowners, for-profit and non-profit organizations, watershed groups, and local agencies. Projects must be on lands not under state or federal ownership. Emphasis is given to on-the-ground activities that improve habitat for Federal trust species, such as migratory birds and special status animal and plant species. Maximum funding request is $25,000 per project with a minimum 1:1 non-federal match (monetary and/or in-kind match). Partnerships with other funding agencies are encouraged. Contact Kate Symonds, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program for SF Bay, (tel) 707-578-8515, (cell) 707-480-2675, or at . For more information  click here 


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay  The program’s focus is on the San Mateo and Marin Counties’ outer Coast and is also available to projects in watersheds draining into San Francisco Bay. The mission of the Coastal Program at San Francisco Bay is to conserve coastal ecosystems by engaging external partners and other Service programs in activities that restore, enhance and protect fish and wildlife habitats and habitat forming processes. Funding Available: about $100,000 to $200,000 annually. There is no rigid application format or deadline to apply. However, our money is available on a Federal fiscal year basis (October 1 to September 30), and we encourage you to contact us as early as possible so that we can explore potential partnership opportunities for your project. We would like to hear from you starting in January each year, cooperative agreements for each year are generally finalized by June.   More 




Dry Creek restoration begins in summer Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 22, 2013 

Students learn about environment while restoring it 

Petaluma360, April 22, 2013

New Bair Island bridge opens way to almost fully restored wetlands  

San Jose Mercury News, April 22, 2013  


Feds allocate $19.3 million for defunct Port Sonoma ferry service plan 

Santa Rosa Press Democrat, April 14, 2013

Environmental group proposes hybrid levees for Marin, other bayside counties as sea rises 

Marin Independent Journal, April 13, 2013
Salmon spawning on rebound in Lagunitas watershed 
Point Reyes Light, March 28, 2013










April 30 – 2013 Forest Management and Watershed Science Symposium 


May 03 Seasonal Wetlands/Vernal Pools 

May 05Bringing Back the Natives Garden Tour 

May 07Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations 

May 09California Red-Legged Frog Workshop and Field Session 2013 

May 14: Free Aquatic Invasive Species Seminars

May 15California Red-Legged Frog Workshop and Field Session 2013 

May 17: Healthy Lands, Healthy Economies: Demonstrating the Economic Value of Natural Areas and Working Landscapes 

May 18Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 

May 20Watershed Assessments Workshop 

May 20 – Public workshop – Plan Bay Area PCA Grant programOakland
May 21
Riparian & Wetland Plant Identification  

May 22Talking About Ecology and Science in Public 

May 23 – Public workshop – Plan Bay Area PCA Grant program – Mountain View  

May 29California Tiger Salamander Workshop  


June 05Riparian Ecology and Restoration 

June 14-15: Spatial Analysis and Modeling, Part 1 (GIS) 

June 20Wetland Restoration Ecology 

June 20 -| SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting 

June 252013 International Conference on Engineering & Ecohydrology for Fish Passage  

July 16South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project’s Science Symposium 2013 

July 29NCER – The National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration 

August 05 –Geomorphic and Ecological Fundamentals for River and Stream Restoration 

August 09Wetland Plant Indicator Species 

August 15SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting 

August 25-28: 5th International Partners in Flight Conference: The Life Cycle of Migratory Birds, Conservation Across the Americas

August 265th International Partners in Flight Conference: The Life Cycle of Migratory Birds, Conservation Across the Americas 

October 06Society for Ecological Restoration (SER) 5th World Conference on Ecological Restoration 

October 17SFBJV Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting 

October 292013 State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference 20/20 Vision: Past Reflections, Future Directions 






Associate to Principal-Level Project Manager, and Personal / Professional Admin Support Role Sound Watershed

Biodiversity Coordinator, The Presidio Trust

Development Intern, Turtle Island Restoration Network  

Development Director, Coastside Land Trust

Executive Director,  Contra Costa Resource Conservation District

Development Coordinator, Klamath Bird Observatory

Executive Administrator, Klamath Bird Observatory

Sonoma Field Programs Director, Conservation Corps N Bay

Web Developer, Calflora, John Muir Institute of the Environment
Executive Director, High Desert Partnership

Executive Director, Committee for Green Foothills
GIS/Environmental Analyst, Water Program, Downstream Strategies, John Muir Center for the Environment
Conservation GIS Analyst, Anchorage AK, Audubon





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Beth Huning, Coordinator | Sandra Scoggin, Assistant Coordinator

Christina Sloop, Science Coordinator| Caroline Warner, Public Outreach Coordinator