September 3, 2009 Commission Meeting Summary

Nineteen members attended the meeting, which was held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

Steve Ritchie, the executive project manager of the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project, provided a brief overview of the considerable progress that has been made in advancing the Project’s objectives. Mr. Ritchie is leaving the Project to take on an executive management position at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a public hearing and voted (17-0-0) to issue a permit for the seismic retrofit of the Dumbarton Bridge. For details, contact Bob Batha (415/352-3612 bobb@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held public hearing on a federal consistency determination from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service dealing with a marsh enhancement project in Sonoma County. The Commission will vote on the determination at its next meeting. For details, contact Max Delaney (415/352-3652 maxd@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission approved (15-0-0) a contract for a two-year NOAA Coastal Management Fellow who will work with local government to assist them in planning for adaptation to sea level rise. For details, contact Steve Goldbeck (415/352-3611 steveg@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission agreed (15-1-1) to join the Coastal States Organization amicus curiae brief in a lawsuit before the U.S. Supreme Court dealing with beach nourishment. For details, contact Tim Eichenberg (415/352-3655 time@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission approved (16-0-0) a number of strategies aimed at strengthening BCDC’s relationships with non-governmental organizations. For details, contact Lindy Lowe (415/352-3642 lindyl@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on ecosystem-based management from Dan Robinson, BCDC’s current NOAA Fellow. For details, contact Dan Robinson (401/835-2860 danrobinson@gmail.com).

The Commission received a briefing on the progress being made in implementing BCDC’s strategic plan and expressed no objection to revising a few of the objectives in the plan. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

Stephanie Rexing, a third year law student at Golden Gate University, and Sean Bothwell, a third year law student at Vermont Law School, are legal interns at BCDC through December, 2009. John Del Arroz is a regulatory intern through November, 2009. He has a B.A. in environmental earth sciences with a minor in energy and resources from UC Berkeley. Courtney Scarborough is BCDC’s NOAA Coastal Management Fellow for the next two years. She is a graduate from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, where her studies focused on coastal marine resources management. For details, contact Sharon Louie (415/352-3638 sharonl@bcdc.ca.gov).

Three workshops will be held in Vallejo on September 15, 2009, in Palo Alto on September 16, 2009, and in San Francisco on September 17, 2009 to provide additional opportunities for local government officials and staff to provide comments on the revisions to the Bay Plan that have been proposed to address climate change. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

At a Dutch-California alliance symposium being held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco on Monday, September 21, 2009, BCDC’s Dutch partners will present the results of their assessment of sea level rise vulnerabilities around the Bay, offer their ideas on how best to deal with these problems, and explore a long-term partnership between California and the Netherlands. For details, contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov).

NOAA’s Coastal Services Center is holding two all-day workshops on September 22, 2009 in Oakland and September 23, 2009 in Sunnyvale to provide Bay Area participants with assistance in planning for climate change impacts. For details, contact Sara Polgar (415/352-3654 sarap@bcdc.ca.gov).

The biennial State of the Estuary conference will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Oakland from September 29 through October 1, 2009. The conference showcases the latest information about the estuary's changing watersheds, impacts, programs, and emerging issues. For details, contact Caitlin Sweeney (415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov).

The documentary film, Saving the Bay, will be broadcast on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 9:00 p.m. on KQED-TV. The film chronicles the history of the Bay and describes the events that led to the establishment of BCDC. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

Will Travis will be on vacation from September 7 through the 11, 2009, and from October 6 through 10, 2009, he will be to participating in a symposium on adaptation planning at the University of Virginia. During his absence, Caitlin Sweeney (415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov) will be serving as acting executive director.

The next Commission meeting will be held on October 15, 2009 at the MetroCenter in Oakland. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).