June 21 , 2012 Commission Meeting Summary

17 members attended the meeting, which was held at the MetroCenter in Oakland.

The Commission voted (17-0-0) to approve a contract to accept and spend funds from the Coastal Sediment Management Workgroup on Regional Sediment Management for San Francisco Bay. For details, contact Brenda Goeden (415/352-3623 brendag@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on the Delta Plan by the Honorable Philip Eisenberg, Chair of the Delta Commission. For details, contact Jessica Davenport (415/352-3660 Jessicad@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on Plan Bay Area by the staff of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Association of Bay Area Governments, and BCDC staff. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 Joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

Jessica Davenport is leaving BCDC staff to fill a more senior position at the Delta Stewardship Council. Tim Doherty is leaving BCDC for a position at the NOAA Coastal Services Center.

Erik Buehmann has joined the BCDC as a permit analyst. Erik is an attorney with a law degree from the University of Michigan. He also has a master’s degree in Social Psychology from Ball State. Since moving to California, Erik has served as a law clerk for several judges in San Francisco. Since November of last year, he has served as an environmental services intern at the California Coastal Commission in its Enforcement Program in San Francisco. Jenny Quay has become an analyst in the BCDC sediment management section. Jenny has been working at BCDC on sediment management as a Sea Grant Fellow. She received a PhD in Ocean Sciences and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, and is a recipient of the Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS) Foundation Distinguished Alumna Award.

BCDC’s current NOAA Fellow, Heidi Nutters, is completing her fellowship and will be joining the San Francisco Estuarine Research Reserve as their Coastal Training Program Coordinator.  

BCDC has successfully competed for a new NOAA Fellow. Maggie Wenger has a Masters of Science in Environmental Policy and Planning at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where she was awarded a prestigious Doris Duke Conservation Fellowship and worked on a masters project evaluating institutional relationships and collaborations for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in Port Angeles, Washington. Maggie also has a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Nebraska, served in the U.S. Peace Corps as an Agroforestry Extension Officer in Zambia, interned with the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington D.C., and worked for the National Youth Science Foundation as a Natural Science Coordinator. Her fellowship will focus on Adapting to Rising Tides project.

The July 5, 2012 meeting has been cancelled. The next Commission meeting will be held on July 19, 2012, at the MetroCenter in Oakland. For details, contact Steve Goldbeck (415/352-3611 steveg@bcdc.ca.gov).