Estuary Blueprint March 2017 Newsletter
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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.

Flood Control 2.0
A New Vision for Flood Control

The Flood Control 2.0 project, funded by the San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund through EPA Region IX with a 50% local match, envisions a new generation of flood control channel design and management, one that rebuilds habitat and shoreline resilience and reconnects creeks to baylands at the interface with San Francisco Bay.

Over the past four years, project leads SFEP, San Francisco Estuary Institute, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, in collaboration with flood control agencies, regional partners, and input from regional and national experts, developed this pioneering approach, s resulting in a comprehensive online toolbox that assists flood control agencies and others in designing and managing multi-benefit creek channel


Flood Control 2.0 also included implementation projects on Novato Creek in Marin County, San Francisquito Creek in Santa Clara County, and lower Walnut Creek in Contra Costa County. These projects helped inform the regional analysis and development of the toolbox.

Action 12 in the CCMP or Estuary Blueprint calls for restoring watershed connections to the Estuary to improve habitat, flood protection, and water quality. With the release of the online toolbox, Task 12.1 is complete:

Task 12.1: Develop and disseminate data, information, and tools to assist with site selection and design of multi-benefit projects. Read more here.

Mark your calendars for the 2017 State of the Estuary Conference - October 10-11

This year we are returning to the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, where we hosted the  2007 State of the Estuary Conference. The Scottish Rite Center, built in 1927, is a stunning  building on the shore of beautiful Lake Merritt..  


Amid news of potential cuts to environmental agencies and programs at the federal level, our local commitment to the future health of the San Francisco Estuary remains strong. Since the passage of Measure AA last June, providing a funding source for Bay restoration through the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, the Authority has been very busy gearing up to collect and disburse funds for projects. The Authority recently appointed members to the Advisory Committee to guide its work. The Advisory Committee includes representatives of agencies names in the Authority’s enabling legislation, open space or park districts that own or operate shoreline parcels in the San Francisco Bay Area, nongovernmental organizations working to restore, protect, and enhance San Francisco Bay wetlands and wildlife habitat, as well as members of the public from bayside cities and counties. Advisory Committee members include SFEP Implementation Committee members John Coleman, David Lewis, Beth Huning, Gary Stern, and Luisa Valiela. In addition, we are pleased to announce that Luisa Valiela was appointed chair of the Advisory Committee. We are all excited about the potential to advance Estuary Blueprint actions through the Authority!

Curious about the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority and want to learn more? The Coastal Conservancy and ABAG/SFEP staff the Authority and are happy to answer questions and the Restoration Authority’s website is also a great source for information.

At the federal level, I am pleased to report the formation of a new Congressional Estuary Caucus. U.S. Representatives Bill Posey (R-FL), Suzanne Bonamici (D-OR), Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ) and Rick Larsen (D- WA) have founded and will serve as co-chairs of the  new caucus whichwill give our nation's estuaries a stronger voice and presence in Washington by uniting lawmakers from across the country in support of these critical ecosystems. To date, a total of 30 House Members from around the nation have joined the new Congressional Estuary Caucus, including many from the Bay Area.

I hope to see you at the 2017 State of the Estuary conference at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center on October 10-11!

-- Caitlin Sweeney, Director, San Francisco Estuary Partnership

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