BPC’s April 2014 Newsletter

  • by BPC Staff
  • on April 24, 2014
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The Bay Planning Coalition April 2014 Newsletter


Thanks for taking a minute to read our April Newsletter!
We’re excited to share our recent activities and upcoming items of interest with you.

Did you know we also post lots of daily news items on our website, collected specifically to be of use and interest to current and prospective members?

Categories include News, Public Policy, Environment, Meeting notices, Events, and much  more.

Visit bayplanningcoalition.org for your daily dose of relevant news, and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for highlights!


DMC Updates

The Decision Makers Conference will be here before you know it!

BPC DMC 2014 Logo
New speakers and panelists added in the last few weeks include:

Fred Blackwell, City Administrator, City of Oakland
Federal Glover, Supervisor, Contra Costa County
Mike Jacob, Vice President & General Counsel, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association

What will you learn about at the 2014 DMC?

  • How the usage of the Bay Area shoreline has evolved from heavy industrial and maritime use to a mix of industry, housing, recreation, environmental protection and more, and how this ongoing evolution will affect our Region moving forward
  • International agricultural trade implications of the California drought
  • The latest from Washington, DC on important legislation such as WRDA/WRRDA
  • The Army Corps’ perspective on the recent proposed rule regulating wetlands jurisdiction
  • What we can expect from Sea Level Rise in the next 50-500 years
  • What scientists, elected officials, business-people and policy experts think are our best options for Sea Level Rise adaptation
  • and much more!
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The Bay Planning Coalition Decision Makers Conference: The go-to yearly educational and networking forum for business leaders, elected officials, maritime industry and citizen representatives, and environmental interests.

Friday, May 16, 2014
8:30 am – 4:00 pm

registration and breakfast open at 7:45
Oakland Scottish Rite Center



Recent & Upcoming Events

On April 9, BPC hosted our second Expert Briefing on Abandoned Vessels, this time focused on Enforcement. We had an engaged audience and some great information was shared- thanks again to our expert speakers from the Coast Guard, EPA, Coastal Commission, BCDC and Oakland Police Department.

Check out the webpage to view the presentations from the Expert Briefing

Coming up in 2014:

In addition to the DMC, we have a great year of Workshops and Briefings ahead.

While some details are still being sorted out, stay tuned to find out how you can register for some of these exciting events:

Expert Briefing: Fuels for Transportation
June 11, Port of Oakland

Workshop: The Energy and Water Nexus Summit 3
September 5, PG&E Auditorium, San Francisco

Expert Briefing: CEQA Update 2014
     October 29, Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean, Oakland

Workshop: Dredging and Restoration Efforts in the San Francisco Bay and its Watershed
     November 4, URS, Oakland

Keep an eye on bayplanningcoalition.org/events for developing details

Want to get involved? Give us a call at (510) 768-8310, or email bpcstaff@bayplanningcoalition.org



Featured Member: ESA

Every month, we highlight a BPC member company to help spread the word about the exciting work and diverse interests of our membership base.  This month:
With the Bay Area economy once again “on the move,” major changes are evident around the Bay – from skyline to shoreline. Environmental Science Associates (ESA) is at the forefront of many high-profile and precedent-setting projects that will help shape decision-making, community landscapes, and natural resources management for years to come. As a leading environmental science and planning firm, ESA specializes in the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance, environmental and community planning, ecosystem restoration design, and regulatory compliance. We employ more than 350 professionals in offices throughout California, Oregon, Washington, and Florida.

Like many great things, we got our start in the Bay Area. Established nearly 45 years ago, we’ve partnered with clients to meet environmental requirements in compliance with NEPA and CEQA—landmark laws that have greatly influenced environmental planning and analysis across the country. Today, ESA is a recognized leader in providing multi-objective, holistic solutions that integrate environmental planning and design. We’ve continued to grow through strategic acquisitions – most recently the addition of Dr. Stuart Siegel’s firm Wetlands and Water Resources Inc. – and senior hires, who bring unique professional and technical expertise to our clients.

We have been collaborating with clients to restore, enhance, and contribute to the economic vibrancy of the San Francisco Bay on several exciting projects including:

Milestone EIR Certified! The City of San José’s master plan to rebuild the San José/Santa Clara Water Pollution Control Plant includes forward-thinking long-term projects that address future water quality regulations, habitat restoration, economic development, renewable energy fields, and recreation on the plant’s 2,700-acre site on the South Bay. The Program-Project EIR was certified in November 2013 without legal challenge.

Living Shorelines around the Bay! These innovative projects use habitat restoration techniques to manage the shoreline, reduce coastal erosion, and maintain coastal processes while protecting, restoring, and creating natural habitat for fish and aquatic plants and wildlife. ESA is assisting with a pilot project in the San Francisco Bay introducing experimental plots of oyster reef structures and eelgrass beds for habitat enhancement and shoreline protection.

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photo credit: Mike Rafferty
Planning for Sea Level Rise! When the Bay Conservation and Development Commission released a set of maps depicting areas of the San Francisco Bay shoreline vulnerable to sea level rise, the Hayward Area Shoreline Planning Agency (HASPA) took notice. HASPA commissioned a preliminary study by ESA to identify vulnerable infrastructure, and assess the feasibility of protecting shoreline infrastructure and wetlands along the local shoreline. A pilot project exploring those measures is underway with ESA working with the Oro Loma Sanitary District.

Circumnavigating the Bay! The Golden Gate Bridge and Transportation District is proposing to modify its ferry terminal facilities at Larkspur, San Francisco, and Sausalito to improve passenger accessibility and efficiency. ESA is preparing environmental documentation and regulatory approval/permitting necessary to begin construction at Sausalito later this year.

Visit our website at www.esassoc.com to learn more about our exciting projects and to meet our growing team of experts.


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BPC Bylaws and Committee Updates

Thanks to the tireless work of our Bylaws Committee, Bay Planning Coalition was able to conduct a vote of its full membership for approval of Proposed Amended and Restated Bylaws. The new Bylaws passed, and were executed on April 17. They had not been fully overhauled since our founding in 1983.  You may view the new Bylaws here.

For 2014, Bay Planning Coalition formed 3 new Committees:  The Legislative and Policy Committee, the Energy, Water and Infrastructure Committee, and the Dredging and Beneficial Reuse Committee.

All of our committees have met at least once since they were formed, have reached agreement on their overall purposes, and in some cases have been actively tackling policy issues on behalf of BPC. The Legislative and Policy Committee has been working on:

  • A BPC position on the proposed San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Parcel Tax for wetlands restoration
  • Language for a bill before the California State Senate, SB 1184 relating to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) and a regional resiliency strategy for sea level rise
  • Recommendations related to SB1415, a bill from Senator Hill that would majorly overhaul the composition of the BAAQMD Advisory Committee
Want to get involved? Any employee of a BPC member company is welcome to participate on our Committees. Feel free to email us at bpcstaff@bayplanningcoalition.org