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August 9, 2010 Design Review Board Meeting

August 9, 2010
6:30 p.m.
BCDC Conference Room
50 California Street, 26th Floor
San Francisco, CA

Tentative Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Approval of Draft Minutes for the April 12, 2010 and May 10, 2010 Meeting
  3. Cullinan Ranch Marsh Restoration Project, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (First Review) [ 177KB ] Exhibits 36MB
    (Max Delaney) [415-352-3668]The Design Review Board will hold a public hearing and discuss the proposed public access design for the Cullinan Ranch Marsh Restoration Project located within the San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge along the northern edge of San Pablo Bay in Solano and Napa Counties. The project would restore approximately 1,549 acres of tidal habitat and 26 acres of associated upland habitat by excavating and enlarging channels within the former ranch, lowering outboard levees and excavating breaches along these levees, constructing a 3,500-foot-long buttress levee along the southeastern corner of the site, and placing rip rap protection along the remaining southern border to prevent the adjacent flooding of Highway 37. The project also includes installing water control structures and reinforcing the Pond 1 levee and raising portions of the site to elevations appropriate for vegetation colonization. Proposed public access features at the west end of the site include constructing acceleration and deceleration lanes along State Route 37, constructing two kayak launches, a viewing platform, an informational kiosks, a fishing pier, an overlook area along South Slough, and resurfacing approximately 600 linear feet of the Pond 1 levee road to achieve ADA-accessibility. Various public access options are currently being determined for the east end of the site and may include constructing a levee trail and fishing pier within the Guadalcanal Village site, providing access on the proposed 3,500-foot-long buttress levee, or providing access in an alternate location.
  4. North Bay Ponds Restoration Project-Final Phase, California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) and the Army Corps of Engineers [ 145KB ]
    (Michelle Burt-Levenson) [415/352-3618]
    The Design Review Board will hold a public hearing and discuss the proposed public access design for the final phase of the North Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project, located within the Napa Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area, just west of the Napa River, near the Napa-Sonoma County line. The project would involve the restoration of 1,900 acres of former salt ponds (Ponds 6, 6A, 7, 7A and 8) to managed ponds providing habitat for wildlife and fish. To accomplish this, the project proponents would install water control structures, fish screens and a mixing chamber to dilute brine as well as excavate channels and reinforce existing levees. The public access proposed with the project includes improving existing informal footpaths along Pond 7A and 8 and providing interpretative signage.
  5. Adjournment

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