Bay Planning Coalition’s May 2013 Newsletter

  • by BPC Staff
  • on May 21, 2013

May 2013 Newsletter

Hi Friend of BPC,

We hope that spring has been treating you well!

May got off to a strong start at the Bay Planning Coalition:
Our 26th Annual Decision Makers Conference, held on May 3rd at the Pavilion at Scott’s Seafood in Jack London Square, Oakland, was a great success, attracting approximately 300 attendees, and featuring such distinguished speakers as US Senator Barbara Boxer, US Congressman Eric Swalwell, and Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, among many others.

John Coleman and Barbara BoxerBPC Executive Director John Coleman & Senator Boxer
BPC would like to once again thank our generous DMC sponsors for making this great event possible!

Hosting Sponsor
Contributing Sponsors
California Capital & Investment Group
The Dutra Group
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock
Manson Construction
Phillips 66
Port of Oakland
Supporting Sponsors
BAE Systems
Briscoe Ivester & Bazel, LLP
California Maritime Academy
East Bay Municipal Utility District
ENVIRON International Corporation
Environmental Science Associations (ESA)
Levin Richmond Terminal Corporation
Moffatt & Nichol
Pacific EcoRisk
Pacific Gas & Electric
Pile Drivers, Divers, Carpenters, Bridge,
    Wharf and Dock Builders Local #34

Port of Redwood City
Port of San Francisco
Port of Stockton
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Western States Petroleum Association
Donor Sponsors
BKF Engineers
Building Industry Association of the Bay Area
Downey Brand Attorneys LLP
Eagle Rock Aggregates, Inc.
ECorp Consulting, Inc.
Farella Braun & Martel LLP
Fugro Pelagos
Ghilotti Construction Co.
Jerico Products
Miller Starr Regalia
Montezuma Wetlands
Port of Richmond
San Francisco Bar Pilots
Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
Sims Metal Management
Sonoma County Water Agency
Vortex Marine Construction
Weston Solutions
WRA Environmental Consultants
Media Sponsor
San Francisco Business Times
In-Kind Sponsors
Bay Area Council
California Marine Affairs & Navigation Conference
Contra Costa Council
East Bay Economic Development Association
Jobs and Housing Coalition
Marine Exchange of San Francisco
Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Pacific Merchant Marine Council, Navy League of the United States
San Mateo County Economic Development Association

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The videos are up!  Please visit the DMC webpage or the BPC YouTube channel to view videos of each of the individual speakers and panels at the 2013 DMC.  We are pleased to be able to make this valuable resource available to anyone who didn’t get to attend the conference or who would like to refer back to all the great information and ideas that were shared on May 3rd.
panel 1Panel #1 : Accidents on the Bay
Coming Up:
 In just a few weeks, BPC will hold the first of four Workshops in the
2013 Workshop Series:

Cap and Trade: How it Works, and How to Make it Work for Business

Featuring two panels:

The Legal, Scientific and Regulatory Perspective
The Economic Impacts

Plus:  An opening address by John Gioia, member of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Bay Area Joint Policy Committee,  and San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and recent appointee to the
California Air Resources Board
Among the other distinguished panelists:
  • Allan Bedwell, URS Corporation
  • Jane Luckhardt, Downey Brand
  • Tim O’Connor, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Cleve Livingston, Briscoe Ivester & Bazel
  • Paul Spraycar, EcoPartners
  • Dr. John Faust, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
  • John Larea, California League of Food Processors
Questions to be Addressed:

  • How do we expect California’s Cap and Trade program to affect business, government and the economy within the next few years?
  • How can affected business and industries try to reduce their costs?
  • How can regulated business and industries continue to grow while complying with Cap and Trade?
  • What is the role of Cap & Trade auction proceeds in improving the health of “Disadvantaged Communities”
  • How do we measure success when it comes to Cap and Trade?
  • From the regulatory and implementation perspective, is Cap and Trade working as it was intended?
  • What challenges and opportunities will be confronted as we move forward in implementing this young, untried and untested system?
  • What is the economic impact to households and unregulated businesses?
Visit the Workshop Webpage for info

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We thank our Workshop Sponsors for their generous support!

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Don’t miss any of BPC’s 2013 Workshops! 
June 6, 2013    Workshop #1: Cap and Trade: How it Works, and How to Make it Work for Business

September 12, 2013    Workshop #2: Energy and Water Nexus Summit II

October 11, 2013    Workshop #3: Ocean Planning: How Will it Affect the Maritime Industry?

November 15, 2013     Workshop #4   Dredging and the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project: Who Pays for Beneficial Reuse?

Have you considered becoming  a series sponsor?
Sponsorship includes multiple free tickets to all of the workshops, logo placement on all workshop websites, emails, print materials and collateral, and great exposure for your organization! 
Featured Member

Every month, BPC highlights one of our members, to help spread the word about the works and
interests of our diverse membership base. This month:

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WRA, Inc. provides professional consulting services in plant, wildlife, and wetland ecology,
GIS, CEQA/NEPA and landscape architecture. Formed in 1981, WRA is a certified small
business headquartered in San Rafael that has worked throughout California. We have
completed over 2,000 projects with a wide range of experience in a variety of
region-specific habitats. Our award-winning projects have been recognized by the
American Society of Civil Engineering, Association of Environmental Professionals,
California Water Environment Association, and American Society of Landscape Architects.
“WRA has had the privilege of working on many important projects around the Bay. Our
clients want to do the right thing for the environment, so we help them work with
regulators to ensure optimal project and environmental outcomes,” says Tom Fraser,
President of WRA. “With humble beginnings as a small restoration company, WRA has
grown into a full-service environmental consulting firm. What hasn’t changed is our
commitment to and passion for our work.”
WRA is experienced in the application of federal/state wetland and endangered species
regulations. Our clients have land, water, and species impacts that require careful planning
and permitting. We have worked in wetland, marsh, marine, riparian and upland
ecosystems. Our biologists routinely conduct a broad range of plant and wildlife habitat
evaluations, habitat/species monitoring and wetland and riparian studies. The firm
provides evaluation, planning, implementation, and monitoring of wetlands and
endangered species habitat restoration and mitigation projects.
Enhanced Marine-Based Project Services
WRA’s recent partnership with Environmental Data Solutions (EDS) accommodates clients
with bay impacts looking for a more integrated service solution. EDS marries
sophisticated environmental data collection and analysis to WRA’s biology and permitting
expertise. Our partnership means that bathymetry, eelgrass and aquatic vegetation
surveys, mitigation solutions, eelgrass restoration, and permitting services can be
provided with a single point of contact and streamlined project management.
Project Examples
Cargill Permitting, Biological, and Restoration Services
For over 30 years, WRA has worked with Cargill on some of their more challenging
bayshore projects. We have assisted with complex jurisdictional wetlands delineation
analyses, permitting, and special status species studies. Services performed: wetlands
delineations, biological studies, permitting, and tidal marsh restoration investigations.
Exploratorium Permitting
Developed permitting strategy and provided environmental review for biological services
in an area with habitat containing known populations of California clapper rail and salt
marsh harvest mouse. Services provided: permitting advisory, environmental review, and
biological surveys.
South Bayside System Authority Force Main Replacement
Developed a permitting strategy and provided environmental review for biological
services in an area with habitat containing known populations of California clapper rail
and salt marsh harvest mouse. Services performed: environmental review and permitting.
Tesoro Amorco Wharf Well Installation
Designed and installed wells (while minimizing installation impacts) within tidal marsh to
determine the source and extent of a MTBE plume. Services performed: biological studies,
permitting, and tidal marsh restoration.
Confidential Client Tidal Wetland Mitigation Bank Feasibility Study (Ongoing)
Evaluated the potential to develop tidal wetland and salt marsh harvest mouse mitigation
to service impacts to Bay Area tidal wetlands. Investigated the suitability of turnkey
mitigation opportunities in addition to bank feasibility. Services performed: feasibility
analysis, mitigation bank consulting, biological assessments, and wetland delineations.
Clipper Yacht Harbor Eelgrass Transplant and Monitoring
Created eelgrass mitigation plan and conducted eelgrass transplant and monitoring to
fulfill mitigation requirements. Eelgrass was transplanted to mitigate for impacts caused
by dredging activities, and the project met success criteria for the mandatory 3-year
monitoring period. Services performed: mitigation and monitoring plan, eelgrass
transplant, and eelgrass surveys.

To learn more about WRA, visit, or contact Liston Witherill at 415.454.8868 x144

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Not yet a member of the Bay Planning Coalition?

With over 30 years of experience, the Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) has mastered clear communication techniques between regulators and  businesses. The results have been outstanding. By using BPC services, businesses can now effectively voice their communities’ interests with regulators to ensure all parties are fairly represented. BPC has successfully defended its members by showing government officials and regulators how specific actions would be detrimental to the business community and the environment.

We encourage you to contact us – we would love to meet with you and discuss how the Bay Planning Coalition might help you meet your goals.

Visit our Membership Page and check out our Membership Packet

The Vision of the Bay Planning Coalition is to provide visionary leadership for business, regulatory agencies, local government, non-profits and the public as an effective coalition that vigorously advances solutions for a healthy economy, environment and community.

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Oakland, CA 94612
(510) 768-8310
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