The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Bulletin: June 18, 2014

  • by BPC Staff
  • on June 18, 2014



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June 18, 2014  


PARTNER PROJECTS headline the news … AGAIN!
On June 6, Joint Venture partners gathered to celebrate the start of construction on the 2,327 acre property known as Sears Point.  Over the next 18 months, Sonoma Land Trust and project partnerDucks Unlimited will prepare 955 acres of diked agricultural baylands for the reintroduction of tidal action after more than a century of isolation.  Some highlights of the design for this large scale restoration include: sloping levees that will protect Highway 37 and the SMART railroad tracks traversing the landscape while also providing refuge for wildlife;  marsh mound features to break up wind-wave energy and encourage sediment accumulatation; contaminated soil remediation and the excavation of miles of new channels to provide soil for the levee and mounds.  For more information on the project or a tour of the construction site, contact Julian Meisler, Baylands Program Manager.
Check out our latest podcast !
In our latest podcast Liz Lewis with the Marin County Department of Public Works, talks about the Lower Novato Creek redesign project and how this restoration will improve flood protection for the town while providing more habitat features for wildlife and help the community adapt to rising tides.   This short audio interview with Jerry Kaye, is the fourth in our series on “Flood Control 2.0” – a practical an imaginative re-thinking of how best to control flooding around the Bay.

GRANTS – with deadlines


By July 7: 
The state of California offers grant 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. Over 2.2 million in combined funding is available through the program.  more  
By July 8:  
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA)provides matching grants to organizations and individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds and other wildlife. There is a Standard and a Small Grants Program. Both are competitive grants programs and require that requests be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 1-to-1 ratio. Funds from U.S. Federal sources may contribute towards a project, but are not eligible as match. The Standard Grants Program supports projects that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. Partners applying please discuss with SFBJV Coordinator, Beth Huning,
By July 14: 
Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) will co-invest in mobilizing creative and workable solutions to agricultural production and resource management challenges. These solutions will benefit not only individual farming, ranching, and forest operations, but also local economies and the communities and resource users in a watershed or other geographic area that depend on the quality of the natural resources.  For eligibility and information on applying visit their website
By August 22:
Climate Ready Grant  
This second round of Climate Ready grants is intended to encourage local governments and non-governmental organizations to act now to prepare for a changing climate by the implementation of on-the-ground multiple-benefit actions that provide public benefits while lessening the impacts of climate change on California’s coastal communities and natural resources.  more

By October 1: 
The California Department of Parks and Recreation administers this grant program to local public agencies for the acquisition and restoration of wildlife habitats and significant natural areas. Eligible projects include acquisition/restoration of deer/mountain lion, rare, threatened and endangered species, wetlands, riparian, anadromous fish and trout habitat and urban trail/wildlife corridor projects. $2 million is available annually.  more

GRANTS – ongoing


The mission of the Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP) is to promote the beneficial use of treated municipal wastewater (water recycling) in order to augment fresh water supplies in California by providing technical and financial assistance to agencies and other stakeholders in support of water recycling projects and research.  A short video explains the type of projects that qualify and can be found on their website.
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.
Funding priorities for this program include: Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship; Conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality; Restoring and managing natural habitat, species and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods; Facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency ; Encouraging broad-based citizen participation in project implementation. Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects, and funds may be used to leverage resources associated with other NFWF funding opportunities.  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.  There is no rigid application format or deadline to apply, however, the 100,000-200,000 available annually is on a Federal fiscal year basis (October 1 to September 30) and you are encouraged to contact us as early as possible as cooperative agreements for each year are generally finalized by June.



Santa Rosa Press Democrat – June 6, 2014
Marin Independent Journal – May 19, 2014



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