On May 2 BPC joined a coalition of Bay Area organizations to call on Assembly Members Phil Ting and Richard Bloom and Senators Holly Mitchell and Bob Wieckowski to include robust funding in the state legislature’s 2018 budget for critical wetlands restoration in San Francisco Bay. Seeking $50 million, this investment by the state would help initiate more marsh restoration ahead of sea level rise, and improve the Bay’s overall health and protection for shoreline communities vulnerable to flooding. In the letter to Assembly Members and Senators, the coalition cites a new UC Berkeley study that finds that seas are rising faster – and the Bay shoreline is sinking more – than previously thought. While Measure AA dollars are being put to work now, it will not cover the full cost of wetland restoration needed in San Francisco Bay. BPC and other organizations a part of this coalition see state investment as critical to leveraging Measure AA dollars and funding from future sources, such as Proposition 68.
Click here to read the 2018 Bay Funding Coalition Letter.
Tags: marsh restoration, sea level rise, shoreline resilience, wetlands, wetlands restoration