Happy Spring from SFEP. Thanks to the 80 participating implementers and collaborating partners, the region has made significant progress on Estuary Blueprint/CCMP tasks this season! The Estuary Blueprint Progress Tracker is linked to a database for tracking completion of tasks and milestones. So far, we have completed 2016 tasks, and are making steady progress on 2017 tasks. Below we have outlined some of the specific progress made towards completion of tasks. In this newsletter, we’ve featured Flood Control 2.0, a major accomplishment for the region.
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Individual Task Updates
Action 4 Identify, protect, and create transition zones around the Estuary Task 4-1 Develop a regional steering committee and technical advisory committee to guide a bay-wide, science-based inventory of existing and projected future transition zones. Milestone By 2016, establish transition zone inventory steering and technical advisory committees.
Status: 100% Complete. The Upland Transition Zone Mapping Methodology Task Force, led by SFEP, SFEI and the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, was convened to complete an upland transition zone mapping methodology. In addition, the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Science Steering Committee has formed the Upland Transition Zone Work Group under the umbrella of their priority action area called "Net Landscape Change.” This action area focuses on defining mapping approaches for tracking net landscape change of habitats in the San Francisco Bay and Coast.
Action 15 Advance natural resource protection while increasing resiliency of shoreline communities in the Bay Area.Task 15-1 Coordinate programs to provide technical assistance on best practices in climate change planning and adaptation for cities, counties, and other stakeholders. Milestone By 2016, form a multi-stakeholder Bay Area Climate Technical Task Force and complete a work plan for coordinated assistance.
Status: 100% Complete. The Bay Area Climate Technical Task Force has evolved into project-specific, cross-agency teams designed to best serve stakeholders on a range of climate-related efforts. These teams are formulated to support and deliver specific mitigation and adaptation projects, such as energy efficiency and planning for sea level rise and flooding. The Bay Area Regional Collaborative is coordinating and/or collaborating on four key projects to enhance the delivery of coordinated and integrated technical assistance.
Action 18 Improve the timing, amount, and duration of freshwater flows critical to Estuary health Task 18-1 Work with partners to disseminate a report highlighting the contribution of freshwater flows to the health of the lower Estuary, San Francisco Bay. Milestone By 2017, disseminate report
Status: 100% Complete. Read the full Success Story on the release of the report “San Francisco Bay: The Freshwater-Starved Estuary.”
Action 23 Integrate water into the updated Plan Bay Area and other regional planning efforts Task 23-1 Organize a regional water summit to help incorporate related water issues in regional planning efforts and Plan Bay Area, in support of Task 23-2. Coordinate staff of the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and the Association of Bay Area Governments to complete this task. Milestone By 2016, hold water summit.
Status: 100% Complete. Read the full Success Story on ABAG’s Bay Area Confluence event held last November.
Action 24 Manage stormwater with low impact development and green infrastructure Task 24-1 Develop outreach materials on lessons learned and the current state of LID benefits knowledge. Milestone By 2017, Develop materials
Status: 100% Complete. The San Francisco Estuary Partnership is pleased to announce its release of the Green Streets and Stronger Safer Shorelines outreach brochures! Read more about Green Streets or about Resiliency.