November Bulletin from the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture

  • by BPC Staff
  • on November 21, 2013














BIG thanks to

Richard Seagraves


 Inspiration Campaign

for all the great photos taken at this year’s State of the Estuary conference!






November 20, 2013 





The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority is moving forward with plans for a landmark regional funding measure to support Bay restoration, public access and flood protection around San Francisco Bay .

Save the Bay and the State Coastal Conservancy are asking for signatures to a statement of support for the Authority and the need for additional funding to restore degraded habitats, open up additional land for tidal flow, and build the infrastructure to support greater public access while keeping shoreline communities safe from sea level rise and storm surges.  Please add your signature here




2 Million Native Oysters  

Settle on Living Shoreline Reefs  

The State Coastal Conservancy and multiple state, federal and non-profit partners have begun construction of native oyster and eelgrass beds as part of an innovative habitat restoration and climate change adaptation pilot project in SF Bay.  It is the first time that restoration of oyster and eelgrass beds is occurring at this scale, and results will provide critical information about the potential benefits of using natural reefs along the shoreline to protect habitat in the face of sea level rise and climate changes. 

More than 2 million native oysters have settled at the site, along with juvenile Dungeness crabs, bay shrimp, white sturgeon and a wide diversity of other fish, birds and wildlife.  Initial data shows that the reefs reduce wave speeds by 30% at certain water levels.  More information about the project is available here




 SFBJV seeks volunteer to help with funding database

As we update our website and prepare to launch our new look, we have realized the need to do some cleaning up of our funding database.  This will be a relatively easy and short-term project for anyone with a little spare time on his or her hands.  Contact Caroline Warner if interested.


GRANTS – with deadlines


Deadline 12-01: SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund

Grants support projects in 4 key categories: Species Research, Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation, Habitat Protection, and Conservation Education. Application deadline is December 1 each year for grants beginning the following year.  Past programs have supported projects in the range of 5-25K for a one-year term. more

Deadline 12-03: 2013 Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants

The NMBCA pilot program targets a portion of funding on a group of particularly threatened Neotropical migratory birds with the goal of achieving a measurable biological improvement in these species over the next 5-10 years. Twenty-five to 30 percent of NMBCA funding for 2014 will be dedicated in support of projects that propose to address these species as outlined in these instructions. The remaining 70-75 percent of funds will be dedicated in support of the traditional NMBCA program, where conservation projects addressing any Neotropical migratory bird species are eligible.  More details and instructions can be found here. 


Deadline 01-06-2014: Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Propagation Fund

Projects awarded from this Fund must benefit the fish and wildlife resources of the Contra Costa County and must meet the requirements of Section 13103 of the Fish and Game Code.  Applications should be related to: · improving habitat, scientific research  and  as an additional focus for 2014, the Fish and Wildlife Committee seeks to fund high value, low-cost public education projects related to the scientific principles of fish and wildlife conservation.  more

Deadline 01-16-2014: NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program  

The NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program provides funds to support environment-based education throughout the watersheds of San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel.

Funded projects provide “meaningful” watershed educational experiences to students, teachers, and communities.  

Up to 800,000 in funding is available. Applicants may request up to 60,000 for programs that support CA B-WET priorities.  More 


GRANTS – ongoing 

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.  


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… 




Underwater Oyster Reef Comes to Life – Bay City News, November 15, 2013 


2 million oysters in bay begin restoration effortSan Francisco Chronicle, November 15, 2013 


San Francisco Bay: Feds release 50-year, $1.2 billion plan to restore wetlands and wildlifeSan Jose Mercury News, November 15, 2013  


Natural Allies for the Next SandyNew York Times, October 28, 2013 


Report: Some chemicals in S.F. Bay near levels of concern – SF Gate, October 28, 2013


Rail Agency Cuts deal to save 56 acres of Marshland near Novato – The Press Democrat, October 11, 2013 


Jerry Brown Signs Historic Legislation Requiring the Use of Non-Lead Hunting Ammunition  Defenders of Wildlife – October 11, 2013  













Deadline 12-06:  Waterbird Field Biologist, SFBBO
Deadline 12-06:  Waterbird Intern, SFBBO
Deadline 11-25:  Contra Costa County Fish and Wildlife Committee Seats (2), CCC Internal Operation Committee of Board of Supervisors
Deadline Jan 10 2014: Switzer Environmental Fellowship


Intern, Presidio Trust

Deputy Director, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

Director, Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network

Wildlife Biologist, USFWS
Director of Major Gifts,
Save SF Bay
Development Director, Watershed Project

Environmental Steward Internship, The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship  

Director of Education, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary