News from the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, April 4, 2013

  • by BPC Staff
  • on April 4, 2013





APRIL 4, 2013

San Francisco Bay Joint Venture- Bulletin




Have you listened to our audio wetland tours on yet?  We just added new stories and information about the nearly 50,000 acres of protected wetlands you see in the North Bay when driving along highway 37 –  “the North Bay Flyway Highway” – including interviews with our partners who are in the know and SFBJV Coordinator, Beth Huning’s beautiful photos.   Listen, learn and pass it on!




The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is now accepting poster abstracts for the 2013 Science Symposium which will be held on July 16 in Menlo Park.  Abstracts will be accepted until May 14.  Send submissions and questions to Laura Valoppi , Lead Scientist.  Register for the symposium here.





Deadline 2013-04-08:

Santa Clara Valley Water District 2013 Comprehensive Stewardship Grant Program

$794,000.00 in Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection special tax funds are available for the Fiscal Year 2013 grant cycle.  Maximum grant amount of $200,000, amount of $50,000. More


Deadline 2013-04-18:

Alameda Countywide Clean Water Program Community Stewardship Grants 2013

For projects in Alameda County for 2013. The Clean Water Program will provide $20,000 in funding for grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to encourage grassroots community action that prevents stormwater pollution and enhances the health of local watersheds, creeks, and the San Francisco Bay. More


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 2013-06-01:

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



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 





Salmon spawning on rebound in Lagunitas watershed | Point Reyes Light, March 28, 2013


Lake Merritt’s gateway to bay reopened | SFGate, February 23, 2013


Bay Area environmental group proposes hybrid levees for bay | San Jose Mercury News, February 23, 2013


San Francisco Bay recognised as ‘Wetland of International Importance’ | BirdLife International, February 21, 2013


Science panel ponders marsh fix | Half Moon Bay Review, February 21, 2013











April 07 Montclair Park Volunteer Workday 

April 14 – Bridgeview Trail Restoration 

April 152013 CNPS Plant Science Workshops: Vernal Pool Plant Taxonomy 

April 16Collaborating with Citizen Monitors and Watershed Stewardship Organizations 

April 18Open Range, Open Parks, Open Minds: Opportunities for Outreach in Grazed Parks and Ranches Central Coast Rangeland Coalition Spring 2013 Meeting 

April 20  – Restoration Workday: Barry Place Earth Day Workday  

April 20Cal-IPC’s 2013 Antioch Dunes Habitat Restoration Workday! 

April 23Save the Date: Our Coast-Our Future training webinars for the North-central California coast online decision support tools 

April 242013 CNPS Plant Science Workshops: California Rangeland Monitoring 

April 24Watershed Day at the Capitol 

April 24Workshop on the Biology & Management of the California Red-legged Frog 

April 25California Tiger Salamander Workshop 2013 

April 25Wetland Hydrology 

April 25 Conservation Delivery Committee Meeting 

April 25 –  BAECCC meeting


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 15California Red-Legged Frog Workshop and Field Session 2013 

May 18Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) 

May 20Watershed Assessments Workshop 

May 21Riparian & Wetland Plant Identification  

May 22Talking About Ecology and Science in Public 

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 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 




Stewardship Coordinator, LandPaths | Deadline: 2013-04-15  

Restoration and Nursery Manager , Friends of Sausal Creek | Deadline: 04-17

Part-time intern, Sailors for the Sea | Deadline: 05-12


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 North 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