Fritz Reid receives NAWMP
International Canvasback Award
On March 21, 2014, the Central Valley and San Francisco Bay Joint Ventures presented Fritz Reid, PhD with the prestigious North American Waterfowl Management Plan’s International Canvasback award. The award is presented to an exceptional individual, corporation, or organization that has made substantial contributions
over a long period of time to the implementation and continuation of the Plan throughout North America.
Fritz is the Director of Boreal and Arctic Conservation for Ducks Unlimited and former chair of both Joint Venture management boards. Of his many contributions, he has been extremely successful conveying the importance of wetlands to state and federal legislators and improving the scientific foundation for many of the conservation efforts now taking place on behalf of Pacific Flyway waterfowl. The award gives testimony to his achievements and is a true celebration of his dedication to wetlands and waterfowl internationally over a sustained period of time. Congratulations Fritz!! More on Fritz here.
NEWS OF NOTE …
Third podcast posted in our latest series …
Where has all the sediment gone? Brenda Goeden with the Bay Conservation Development Commission joins Jerry Kay to discuss a possible sediment deficit and how we can get it back. Listen here.
Local Coastal Programs (LCP) Planning Grant Funding will soon be available!
These funds will support local governments in their planning for sea-level rise and climate change, and also in developing new or updating existing LCPs consistent with the California Coastal Act. Find out more!
JV National Communications team launches new JV Migratory Bird website!
Did you know that the SFBJV is one of 18 National Habitat Joint Ventures? Well we now have a beautiful and informative venue to fill you in on all the details! Check it out here.
Deadline April 1: Wetland Program Development Grants – FY14 Region 9
Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct and promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution. All proposals submitted under this RFP must be for projects that build or refine state/tribal/local government wetland programs. It is anticipated that approximately 5 to 15 total awards will be made under this announcement. Each award will likely range from $50,000 to $350,000 in federal funds. more
Deadline April 10: Clean Water Program 2014 Community Stewardship Grants
These grants are designed to facilitate community-based actions that enhance and protect the health of local waterways. Proposed projects must be aimed at storm water pollution prevention in Alameda County and contain a community or public outreach element. This year’s grant cycle focuses on litter reduction projects in particular. Funding requests between $1,000 and $5,000 per project will be considered, for a total available budget of $20,000. Eligible applicants include teacher and student groups, youth organizations, homeowners associations, community groups, environmental groups and other non-profit organizations. more
Deadline April 30: U.S. EPA San Francisco Bay Area Water Quality Improvement Fund 2014
EPA is seeking to support technically sound projects that reduce polluted run-off, restore impaired waters, and enhance aquatic habitat. Achieving significant environmental results is the overall priority for this competitive grant program. EPA will consider a broad range of project types with a focus on selecting projects that are ready to be implemented and achieve results based on existing plans. Planning and assessment projects will also be considered. The total amount anticipated to be awarded is approximately $5,000,000. Awards will range from $800,000 to $2,000,000 and applicants must provide a minimum 50% non-federal match.
Deadline June 27: National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program
Applications for these grants need to be submitted by a state agency partner, and potential applicants should also contact the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture to let them know of their intent and for JV assistance. more
Local Coastal Planning (LCP) Grants
The state of California has announced funding to support local governments in planning for sea-level rise and climate change, and in developing new (or updating existing) Local Coastal Programs (LCP), consistent with the California Coastal Act. The full grant announcement and application will be available in late spring 2014, with applications due in summer 2014. To assist applicants and streamline the application process, there will be a joint application form for the two grant programs. Local governments and partner organizations interested in applying for the grant funding should take this opportunity to begin planning for the application process. more …
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. more…
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…
Congressman Mike Thompson donates decoys he carved to Smithsonian – Times Herald, March 20, 2014
California drought: Strife over groundwater boils over – SF Gate, March 15, 2014
Massive Conservation Coalition Calls on Interior Dept. to Stop Wildlife Deaths from Feral Cats – American Bird Conservancy, March 11, 2014
Senators Feinstein & Boxer propose emergency drought legislation – SF Gate, February 12, 2014
Waterfront Restoration – How do you solve a problem like Spartina? – Alameda Magazine, January/February 2014
Prolonged drought forces birds from Central Valley fields – Sacramento Bee, January 31, 2014
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Chief Financial Officer, Point Blue Conservation Science
Snowy Plover Biologist, Point Blue Conservation Science
Sierra Nevada Bird Monitoring Positions, Point Blue Conservation Science
Planned Giving Manager, Point Blue Conservation Science
Grant and Science Writer, Point Blue Conservation Science
Conservation Internships and Graduate Student Opportunities, Point Blue Conservation Science
Watershed Aide – Vegetation Mgmt, Marin Municipal Water District
Shorebird Habitats Project Coordinator, Intermountain West Joint Venture (IWJV)
Executive Director, The Land Trust for Santa Barbara
Executive Director, Golden Gate Audubon
Assistant Summer Teacher Naturalist, Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary
Lead Summer Teacher Naturalist, Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary
Seasonal Field Technician, Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary
Stewardship Director, Solano Land Trust
Development Director, The Watershed Project
Director of Major Gifts, Save the Bay