San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Bulletin

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  • by BPC Staff
  • on April 17, 2014


Hamilton Wetlands

SF Bay Living Shorelines

Yosemite Slough

South Bay Salt Ponds 

Sears Point

Invasive Spartina Treatment


Napa Sonoma Marshes

Breuner Marsh

Hamilton Wetlands

Haire Property Acquisition




















April 17, 2014  






Featured Project …

Featured Partner

Every 6 weeks or so, we feature a new partner project on our website as a way of celebrating and acknowledging the work being done by you, our partners, toward our shared wetland restoration goals.  This spring we want to give a shout out to the State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) and acknowledge the vital role this agency has played in both the funding and management of so many Joint Venture projects, including (but not limited to) all of our largest projects currently underway or nearing completion. 

(photos from some SCC supported projects pictured in left column).

Since 2000, SCC has contributed over 127 million dollars to SF baylands projects, while also managing an additional 40 million dollar grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board, expressly for Bay wetland projects.   SCC support can come through in a variety of ways, at many phases of a project – from being the major project acquisition, planning and implementing funding source, to offering project monitoring and management support, or leveraging state funds by applying match toward other grants.

SCC receives most of its funding from voter-approved bond acts, the last of which passed in 2006.  As these bond funds are now running low and we face a more uncertain funding future, we want to acknowledge the profound support our conservation community has received and benefited from over the years, thanks to the State Coastal Conservancy and the many dedicated people who work there.   As all of us in the JV community know, we need you!  We value you!  And we THANK YOU!

If you want to show your gratitude, or a story about how SCC has helped you make progress toward the goal of restoring wetlands in and around the SF Bay Area, visit our facebook page and share your comments, or read more about the SCC on our featured project page.  


How is your organization
celebrating International Migratory Bird Day?  
Always the second Saturday in May, this year’s theme is:  Why Birds Matter – The Benefits of Birds to Humans and Nature.   Let us know how you plan to celebrate so we can be sure to include it on our events calendar or add it to news!!


The Coastal California (BCR 32) Waterbird Conservation Plan is now available as a PDF!

Spanning the U.S. portion of Bird Conservation Region 32, which encompasses the Coastal Slope and Coast Ranges of Central and Southern California and the Central Valley, the plan provides a framework for regionally implementing the broader vision of the Waterbird Conservation for the Americas Initiative.  You can find the plan here.


Be sure to check out the New Migratory Bird Joint Venture Website! 





GRANTS – with deadlines


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 May 12:

California Landscape Cooperative Collaborative (CALCC) Place-Based Projects that lead to Climate Smart Actions



Deadline May 15:

Natural Resources Conservation District Wetland Reserve Easement (WRE) program

California NRCS is offering a wetlands grazing option in 3 geographic areas for participants with an approved wetlands conservation and grazing management plan.  Funding through the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), recently created in the 2014 Farm Bill, replaces the former Wetlands Reserve Program, Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program and Grassland Reserve Program, while accomplishing many of the same conservation goals. more

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


GRANTS – ongoing


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…  















April 19 – Living Arroyos Volunteer Workday!
April 19 – Earth Day on the Bay
April 19 – Save Mount Diablo Trail Challenge
April 23/24
Workshop on the Biology and Management of the California Red-Legged Frog

April 24 – BAECCC meeting
April 24 – David Allen Sibley  

April 30 – Giving Effective Presentations
April 30 –
Beyond maps: a geospatial approach to analyzing, visualizing, and communicating shoreline vulnerabilities to sea level rise and storm surge   


May 3 – 20th Annual Petaluma River Cleanup
May 3 –  Living Arroyos workday followed by end of field season party!
May 6-8
Scenario Planning toward Climate Change Adaptation

May 8Bay Area Open Space Council Conference 

May 8 – Wetlands Hydrology
May 16 – 40th birthday of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge
May 16 –  Webinar: A Business Planning Approach to the Conservation of Shorebirds
May 19 – Bioengineering for Conservation Showcase 
May 19 -23
CRAM Training Session, Richmond 

May 27 – Measuring and Monitoring Plant Populations 






By April 18:      Trail Stewardship Internship Openings,
                            Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
By April 25:     Restoration Specialist,
                            Parks Conservancy
By April 30:     Science Coordinator,
American Bird Conservancy



Associate Personnel Analyst, State Coastal Conservancy

Environmental Education Volunteer Internship (6/2-8/22), Fish and Wildlife Service 

Conservation Project Manager, Audubon California 

Shorebird Habitats Project Coordinator, Intermountain West Joint Venture
On-Call Biologist, Endangered Species Monitor, Construction Monitor,  Olofson Environmental, Inc 

Riparian Bird Research Technician, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University 

Stewardship Technician, Audubon New Jersey 

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)

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