Bay Planning Coalition’s September 2013 Newsletter

  • by BPC Staff
  • on September 23, 2013



Bay Planning Coalition’s September 2013 Newsletter



BPC’s Event-Filled Fall


As you know, we hosted the Energy and Water Nexus Summit 2 on September 12 at the Aquarium of the Bay, an all-day event chock full of panels, speakers, and discussion. 

We thank our generous sponsors for helping make this fabulous event possible, and we are extremely grateful to the expert speakers and panelists that took time out of their busy schedules to share their perspectives and knowledge on the issues at hand.

We had a beautiful venue and a great turnout.  The Power Point presentations of each speaker and panelist are available in PDF on the Summit’s webpage, and video of the entire event will be posted on the same webpage this week!

Today, BPC also hosted a very successful and informative Expert Briefing on the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project, held over lunch at the Port of Oakland. Thank you to the John Bourgeois and Brenda Buxton of the California Coastal Conservancy, and Rohin Saleh of the Alameda County Flood Control District for your presentations, and we thank all of those of attended.

The Power Point presentations are available on the Briefing webpage.

Due to our many upcoming events, this month we are not highlighting a member company.
If you’re interested in having your company highlighted in a future BPC Monthly Newsletter, please Contact Us!

We are going full-steam-ahead into our next few events. We hope you’ll join  us!


Wednesday, September 25 – 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Sinbad’s Restaurant, Pier 2, San Francisco

BPC Welcome Luncheon for Brigadier General C. David Turner

Help us welcome the new South Pacific Division Commander for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Brigadier General C. David Turner.  Enjoy a scenic lunch on the Bay, mingle with BPC members and guests, and hear about the future direction of the South Pacific Division.

Click Here to Get Tickets


Friday, October 11 – 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Aquarium of the Bay, Pier 39, San Francisco

Ocean Planning: How Will it Affect the Maritime Industry?

Ocean Planning is vitally important to protecting the health of our oceans and the viability of industries that depend on ocean resources. It can also mean increased restrictions and regulations, with potential impacts on maritime trade and the wider economy. This workshop will examine the planning currently taking place, and develop awareness of possible impacts to maritime trade, what we need to do to protect the maritime industry, and how the maritime industry can contribute to the ocean planning process.

Join us for one of the first-ever public workshops on Ocean Planning to be convened on the West Coast!

Speakers and Panelists Include:

  • Anne Whittington, Port of Oakland
  • Cat Kuhlman, California Natural Resources Agency / Ocean Protection Council
  • John Berge, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association
  • Leslie Abramson, Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
  • Commander Jason Tama, US Coast Guard
  • Eric Poncelet, Kearns & West
  • … and more


Click Here to Get Tickets

… and coming up later in the fall:

October 23, 2013 – Expert Briefing: Storm Water Regulations 
– 11:00 am- 1:00 pm, Wendel Rosen Black & Dean

October 31, 2013 – Expert Briefing: CEQA Update-Legislative Reform and Recent Case Law
– 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Port of Oakland Board Room
MCLE Credit Available!


November 15, 2013 – Workshop #4: Dredging and the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project: Who Pays for Beneficial Reuse?
– 8:30 am – 12:30 pm, URS, 1333 Broadway, 8th Floor, Oakland, CA


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



Chevron Richmond Refinery Tour 

The Bay Planning Coalition’s Board of Directors was fortunate to be offered a tour of the Chevron Richmond Refinery earlier this month.

Chevron staff narrated a bus tour that included a stop at the Chevron Richmond long wharf, which is over 1 mile long and can berth six tankers loading and unloading crude oil, intermediate feedstocks, and finished products.

 Chevron long wharf

The tour also brought the Board around the diverse and complex processing sites within the 2,900 acre refinery.

 Refinery photo

The refinery produces gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel, and  lubricants. It employs approximately 2,700 people, in addition to 850 contract workers, and is the largest taxpayer in the city of Richmond.

BPC thanks Chevron for the informative tour!



Welcome New Members!

 CovelloGroupLogo The Covello Group, Inc. specializes in construction management of public water resources and building facilities in Northern California. The Covello Group protects their clients’ capital investments by providing high quality construction management and supplementary services and becoming a project partner.

Aq. of the Bay - smallerThe mission of the Aquarium of the Bay, in partnership with The Bay Institute, is to protect, restore and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed from the Sierra to the sea.



Not yet a member?

Find out how a membership with Bay Planning Coalition could benefit you and your company. We’d love to talk to you about it!  Contact us, or check out our membership page!


Partner Events & Stories


Enjoy an Otterly Enchanting evening on Thursday, October 3, 2013, as The Bay Institute and Aquarium of the Bay celebrate the 3rd annual San Francisco Bay Gala. Held on the waterfront at the San Francisco Maritime Museum with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay, in honor of this year’s theme, Otterly Enchanting, we will raise a glass to Aquarium of the Bay’s new North American river otter exhibit. The evening will honor David Chiu, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, for his ongoing support of the conservation of the San Francisco Bay.

The Gala is only a month away – Get your ticket here.


An innovative new program from BCDC and the SFBJV

On June 4, 2013, the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV) and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) hosted the pilot phase of SediMatch, a collaborative effort to bring together the restoration community and the dredging community to discuss barriers and find mutually beneficial ways to increase reuse of dredged sediment at habitat restoration sites in need of sediment. SFBVJ and BCDC identified restoration projects that had permits in place, or were near term in permitting and dredging projects that dredge on an annual basis or would be dredging in 2013. Meeting attendees included the USFWS, Ducks Unlimited representing Sears Point, Cullinan Ranch, Antioch Dunes and Van Sickle Island projects, the State Coastal Conservancy representing the South Bay Salt Ponds, and Berg Holdings representing the Petaluma River Restoration Project. Dredging community attendees included WestPac Energy, Chevron, Valero, the US Army Corps of Engineers and Dutra Dredging.
The meeting format included presentations from BCDC on the need for more beneficial reuse at marsh restoration sites due to rising sea levels and projects that are deeply subsided due to historic diking and filling of marshes, and the rapid rate of restoration when elevations of the sites can be raised to support marsh vegetation. The SFBJV presented information about their program and the many restoration sites they support throughout California, and those with specific needs in the Bay Area. There was a general discussion of the barriers to beneficial reuse from both the restoration and the dredging perspective and some potential solutions to the barriers. Then there was an opportunity for dredgers and restores to sit together and discuss potential partnerships, learn about each others projects and make a sediment match. While this first effort did not result in immediate matches for 2013, it connected people and projects in a way that had not occurred before and laid the ground work for at least two projects that are working together in 2014. BCDC and SFBJV look forward to hosting additional meetings later this fall and winter to play matchmaker for 2014.


SF Chronicle acknowledges impressive progress on diesel particulate matter emission reductions at the Port of Oakland

Low-sulfur fuel usage by near-shore ships, on-shore power availability, and truck and equipment upgrades have contributed to the huge drop in diesel, sulfur-dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.

Read the full article by Stephanie M. Lee here.





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