Bay Planning Coalition’s June 2013 Newsletter

  • by BPC Staff
  • on June 24, 2013
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Happy Summer!
We hope you will have the chance to enjoy the beautiful weather and wonderful activities that our fantastic region has to offer this summer.  Stay healthy, stay happy, and stay in touch!

Please enjoy our June Newsletter, featuring

  • A Cap and Trade Workshop Wrap-Up
  • Coming up Next: The Energy and Water Nexus Summit 2
  • BPC’s Event Calendar for 2013: It’s Packed!
  • Members Only: An Open House at BPC’s new office with the US Army Corps of Engineers
  • Welcome: New South Pacific Division Commander Colonel C. David Turner
  • Member Spotlight: URS
BPC Workshop Series Starts Off Strong


The first in the 2013 Workshop Series
Cap and Trade: How it Works, and How to Make it Work for Business
was held on June 6, 2013, at URS, in downtown Oakland

Thank you to our fantastic speakers, panelists, sponsors and attendees for contributing to this informative event.

Couldn’t make it?

Here’s what you missed:

  • A discussion of how Cap and Trade will economically affect the food processing industry, one of the largest drivers of California’s economy
  • A presentation on Cap and Trade by John Gioia, from his unique perspective as a member of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and the California Air Resources Board
  • A briefing on the research involved in identifying the Disadvantaged Communities that are slated to receive funding from the Cap and Trade auction proceeds.

…and much more.

Estuary News covered the event, and their article will be available at next week.

 Video of the entire Workshop will be available within a week!  We apologize for the delay, but assure you that full video of the panels and speakers will be posted on the Workshop’s Website and BPC’s YouTube channel ASAP.
To view the agenda, Power Point slides, and video:


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Coming up this fall: 

Energy Water 2


Following up on the highly successful and thought-provoking Energy and Water Nexus Summit of 2012, the Energy and Water Nexus Summit 2 will delve deeper into essential and timely issues related to water and energy development, production, management, supply and pricing in Northern California.


Held at the beautiful Aquarium of the Bay in San Francisco, this all-day event will bring together experts from a variety of fields to educate and debate the scientific, economic, political, and environmental perspectives around numerous Energy and Water topics related to the Bay Area.


For information on the development of the Topics of Discussion, check out the Energy and Water Nexus Summit 2’s webpage HERE. If you’d like to get involved or have input on the Workshop, please contact us!

Sponsorships are available!


Sponsors get great exposure, advertising and recognition for their support, as well as multiple free tickets!  Visit the Workshop’s Website and scroll to the bottom of the page to check out our sponsorship package!


Current Workshop Sponsors:



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BPC’s 2013 Events Calendar


Get out your planner and save these dates!

We’ve got a fantastic rest of the year planned, chock-full of valuable educational events and networking opportunities:

2013 Calendar of Events:


August 2, 2013 – Members Only Open House at the new BPC offices with the US Army Corps of Engineers (find out more below)


September 11, 2013 – BPC Board of Directors Meeting, 2:00pm – 4:00pm


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


September 23, 2013 –  Expert Briefing: The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project


September 29-October 1 – Bay Planning Coalition Board of Directors Strategic Planning Retreat


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


October 31, 2013 – Expert Briefing: Update on the California Environmental Quality Act


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


December 13, 2013 – BPC Board of Directors Meeting, 8:30am – 11:30am


December 13, 2013 – Annual Membership Meeting & Luncheon, St. Francis Yacht Club, 12:00pm – 2:00pm

As always, watch for information and registration!


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You are cordially invited to join us at an open house luncheon at our new Oakland offices on August 2nd, 2013, from 11:30am – 1:30pm.

Joining us will be US Army Corps of Engineers San Francisco District Commander Colonel John K. Baker, and members of his senior staff.

A sandwich buffet will be served, and there is a suggested donation of 10$.

Take a few minutes out of your day to visit us at our new offices, enjoy the views of Oakland, mingle with other BPC members, and chat with Corps representatives.

  To RSVP, simply email


Not Yet a Member?


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Welcome: New South Pacific Division Commander of the US Army Corps of Engineers, Colonel C. David Turner
Bay Planning Coalition was honored to attend the Change of Command ceremony on June 19th, transferring the command of the South Pacific Divison from Colonel Andrew B. Nelson to Colonel Turner.

We wish Colonel Nelson all the best as he resumes his duties as Deputy Commander, and look forward to a continued positive, collaborative and productive relationship with the South Pacific Division and Colonel Turner.


Member Spotlight: URS

Every month, BPC highlights one of its members companies, to help spread the word about the great works and different interests of its diverse membership base.

This Month: URS

Headquartered in San Francisco, URS is one of the world’s leading environmental, planning, design, engineering, and construction services firms. Our fully integrated services encompass every facet of program and project delivery, from feasibility studies and master planning, to environmental services, permitting, and design, through construction, occupancy, and operation.

URS has been serving public and private sector clients in Northern California for more than 70 years. With eight offices throughout the area and a staff of more than 1,000, we offer professionals with extensive local experience and knowledge, together with rapid access to our wide range of in-house technical resources. We have completed thousands of projects for local cities and counties, state and federal agencies, utility companies, power and gas companies, and private firms.

Our staff includes planners, environmental scientists, engineers, architects, and program and construction management specialists. URS’ environmental services include planning and impact assessments, specialized studies related to environmental resources, and environmental engineering. These services are complemented by expertise from professionals in a multitude of related disciplines, such as climate change, greenhouse gases, air quality, water and wastewater, noise and vibration, hazardous waste, and geotechnical engineering.

URS’ professionals understand the interests and issues affecting the Bay-Delta region, and the need to balance growth while protecting our environment, maintaining community and economic diversity, and creating opportunities.

Recent Projects:

Los VaquerosLos Vaqueros Reservoir Expansion (Near Brentwood, CA)  
URS provided planning, design, and field engineering for the original Los Vaqueros Dam, and was selected by the Contra Costa Water District to provide these same services to expand the reservoir from 100 thousand acre-feet (TAF) to 160 TAF. After completing the feasibility and preliminary design studies and engineering design, URS is now providing engineering services during construction. The project has been honored with numerous industry awards, the latest being the American Council of Engineering Companies’ (ACEC) 2013 National Recognition Award and the 2013 Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) Clair A. Hill Water Agency Award.
TransbayTransbay Transit Center Program (San Francisco, CA)
This $4.2 billion Transbay Transit Center Program includes replacement of the old terminal and extension of commuter and intercity rail service into downtown San Francisco. As Program Manager, URS is performing a wide range of services, including program management, program controls, environmental mitigation support, design concept development,  design review, and LEED coordination. URS also managed the international design competition for the architect of the Transit Center building and tower portions and is responsible for overseeing the design teams for the various components of the Program.
So Bay Salt PondsSouth Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project (South San Francisco Bay, CA)
URS is providing planning, modeling, environmental analysis/review, permitting, and design services for this 15,100-acre project. The work includes restoring the former Cargill Company salt ponds to tidal marshes and ponds managed for wildlife habitat, while providing flood management and public recreational access to the restored areas. URS is working with the California State Coastal Conservancy, its Project Management Team, and external stakeholder organizations to develop conceptual designs for three pond complexes. URS will also prepare a joint NEPA/CEQA document for one of the complexes.
SJC Terminal B exteriorNorman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport (San Jose, CA)
URS began working on the Airport’s $1.3 billion Terminal Area Improvement Program (TAIP) in 2006, providing program management and implementation support services. The TAIP included the new Terminal B to replace the existing Terminal C, upgrades and expansion of the existing Terminal A, expansion of space for food, beverage and retail services, a new 3,350-space rental car and public parking garage, and infrastructure improvements. Completed in 2010, the new Terminal B and the Terminal B Concourse are California’s first LEED Silver passenger terminals built from the ground up.

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