2 Dec 2013: Sonoma RCD Receives Statewide Award!
2 Dec 2013: The 2013 North American Waterfowl Management Plan Annual Awards: NAWMPAwardsCriteria_blank.pdf
30 Oct 2013: State Wildlife Action Plan Scoping Meetings
14 Oct 2013: Final call for abstracts for 32nd Annual Salmonid Restoration Conference March 19-22, 2014, Santa Barbara. Presenter abstracts due 10/24, Field Tour and Workshop abstracts due 11/1, Session coordinator abstracts due 11/7.: Conference2014CallForAbstracts.pdf
5 Oct 2013: Notice of Availability of REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for The EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park: The San Francisco Port Commission is issuing an RFP seeking qualified tenant to lease the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park for five years.
2 Oct 2013: Waiting for the Next Oil Spill Disaster
1 Oct 2013: The Contra Costa IPM Advisory Committee currently has 4 openings for public members. Applications due November 4: 2013 Committee Information Sheet.pdf, 2013 IPM Committee Recruitment Announcement.pdf
24 Sep 2013: Scientists to Test Whale Tracking App Near San Francisco Bay: ACCESS Cruise Whale App PR FINAL 9_18_13.docx
31 Aug 2013: LTMS 12-Year Review Draft Final Report available
17 Aug 2013: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Proposes Alternatives for Invasive House Mouse Eradication on Farallon Islands: Press Release--Farallon DEIS-8-16-13 (final).pdf
7 Aug 2013: Point Blue and Monterey Bay Aquarium Biologists to Release Captive‐Reared Snowy Plovers into the Wild at Moss Landing State Beach: Monterey Bay Plover Release 8_6_13_FINAL.pdf
7 Aug 2013: Pier 94 upland project in Planning Magazine: 1308 Planning Magazine.pdf
29 Jul 2013: House Appropriations bill zeros out conservation programs: House Approps bill cuts conservation 7-13_Final.pdf
18 Jul 2013: 2013 State of the Birds Report released
17 Jul 2013: CEER 2014 Call for Dedicated Sessions
15 Jul 2013: New report released: 2013 Duck Numbers Remain Strong
8 Jul 2013: SFEI Announces New Wetlands Web Tools
7 Jun 2013: New Fund to Benefit Restoration of San Francisco Bay Estuary, Fish and Wildlife: New_Fund_to_Benefit_Restorationof_San_Francisco_Bay_Estuary_FINAL.pdf
7 Jun 2013: U.S. Attorney’s Office Announces Creation Of Conservation Fund: U_S__AttorneyS_Office_AnnouncesCreation_Of_Conservation_Fund.pdf
3 Jun 2013: 2013 Jean Auer Award call for nominations
23 May 2013: USFWS June 5 Webinar: Webinar: Climate Change: A Wicked Problem Wrapped in a Communicator’s Conundrum: COVS webinar_climatechange_announcement.pdf
23 May 2013: One open seat for alternate on Contra Costa County IPM Committee: 2013 IPM Committee Recruitment Announcement for Alternate.doc, Advisory Body Application Form.pdf
21 May 2013: Critical Linkages Report & Data Available
14 May 2013: Climate change will cause widespread global-scale loss of common plants and animals: Rachel Warren NCC FINAL.pdf
11 May 2013: Conservation leaders gather to celebrate importance of San Francisco Bay: MAY 10 event press release on JV letterhead .pdf
18 Apr 2013: Bird Education Network (BEN) Bulletin, April 17 2013: BEN Network Newsletter April 2013.pdf
3 Apr 2013: Call for Poster Abstracts for the 2013 South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Science Symposium: The South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project is now accepting poster abstracts for the 2013 Science Symposium.pdf
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29 Mar 2013: Six Stream Restoration Projects Moving Forward: Six Stream Restoration Projects Moving Forward.pdf
6 Mar 2013: An airfield becomes a wetland, with help from students: An airfield becomes a wetland, with help from students.pdf
22 Feb 2013: USDA Announces Sign-Up for CRP
15 Jan 2013: WCGA RDF Coordinator Request for Proposal
9 Jan 2013: The Riparian, Watersheds and Habitat Committee is seeking entries for the Western Division’s 2013 Riparian Challenge Award--submit by 3/1/13: 2013 Riparian Challenge Call for Entries.pdf, 2013 Riparian Challenge Entry Format.pdf
7 Jan 2013: Call for Nominations: 2013 NABCI-AJVMB Bird Conservation Award, deadline January 28: 2013 NABCI Award Guidelines.pdf
2 Jan 2013: NCER '13 Abstract Submissions DUE January 7
28 Dec 2012: Experts report success in averting fish kill
5 Dec 2012: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Opening of 30-day Ashy Storm Petrel Comment Period: Ashy NR.pdf
3 Dec 2012: Protected green sturgeon habitat upheld
28 Nov 2012: The San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project received the Organization of the Year award from the California Invasive Plant Council in October! : The San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project award announcement.pdf
28 Nov 2012: New and improved Cullinan Ranch website launched
12 Nov 2012: Albany Beach EIR Released, public hearing November 20: Albany Beach - Notice of Availability of Final EIR.pdf
5 Nov 2012: Creek Cleanup this Saturday--Needs More Hands!
15 Oct 2012: One open environmental seat on Contra Costa County: 2012 IPM Committee Envir Recruitment Announcement.pdf, Advisory Body Application Form.pdf
11 Oct 2012: DFG Authorizes Voluntary Local Program in Alameda County: California Department of Fish and Game News Release.pdf
19 Sep 2012: Call for Papers by 10/31/12: The Wildife Society Western Section Annual Meeting, Jan 29-Feb 01, 2013, Sacramento; topics include "Climate Change and Wildlife: Managing Moving Targets": Call for Papers_TWS_2013.pdf
10 Sep 2012: On August 29, the Secretary of Agriculture announced a 2-month extension of emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) lands: Grazing designations August 2012.pdf
31 Jul 2012: Notice of Public Hearing, Notice of Adoption Hearing and Opportunity for Public Comment: Draft Statewide General National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit for Residual Pesticide Discharges to Waters of the United States from Algae and Aquatic Weed Control Applications: notice_weed permit.pdf
20 Jul 2012: San Francisco Bay nominated as a Ramsar wetland of international significance (view PDF of submitted application).: Ramsar current info sheet 8-28-11 v1-1.pdf
20 Jul 2012: BCDC appoints Lawrence J. Goldzband new executive director: Larry Goldzband BCDC Executive Director - Final - 7-20-12.pdf
17 Jul 2012: Scholarships available for the 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration: Restoring Ecosystems, Strengthening Communities in Tampa, Florida, October 20-24, 2012. Application deadline 8/15/12.: Scholarship Application FL12.pdf
13 Jul 2012: Volunteers needed for eelgrass collection and plantings: 7/17-8/2: Eelgrass volunteers needed July 2012.pdf
13 Jul 2012: Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Notice of Availaility For Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access Project: Albany Beach DEIR Notice of Availability.pdf
25 Jun 2012: Eelgrass mitigation policy June 15 public meeting notes: NR-CA-Eelgrass-Mitigation-Policy-public-meeting-052212-v2.pdf
12 Jun 2012: 2012 North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) 2012 Pollinator Advocate Awards - Accepting Nominations Now: Pollinator Advocate Nomination and Desciption-2012.pdf
30 Mar 2012: East Bay Park District is holding a scoping meeting on April 12, 2012 at 7:00 PM for the Albany Beach Restoration and Public Access Project Environmental Impact Report Notice of Preparation
20 Mar 2012: Release of Preliminary Draft Wetland Policy
8 Mar 2012: Latest draft of Partners in Flight Strategic Plan for review (click to download): PIF Strategic Plan - 2 March 2012 - draft.docx
27 Feb 2012: Call for Photos - 2013 Watershed Calendar: CCC-Photo call 2011-2.pdf
11 Feb 2012: Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium announces Baylands Goals Technical Update Coordinator Selected: BAECCC Bayland Technical Update Coordinator Announcement Jan 12 2012.pdf
4 Feb 2012: State of the Estuary Conference videos, session PowerPoints (in PDF format), and abstracts are available at the Conference web page. December issue of Estuary News (attached) is a conference summary.: Estuary Newsletter SOE12.pdf
26 Jan 2012: Diane Ross-Leech has accepted the role of Director of Environmental Policy: Diane Ross.pdf
4 Jan 2012: OPEN VERTICAL PIPES ARE DEATHTRAPS FOR BIRDS AND WILDLIFE, Landowners should cap pipes to prevent wildlife deaths: Audubon_Kern_River_Preserve_death_pipes.pdf
22 Nov 2011: Volunteer Opportunity: help remove Algerian sea lavender from Corte Madera Ecological Reserve Sunday, December 4th: Volunteer to hand-remove Algerian sea lavender from Corte Madera Ecological Reserve.pdf
20 Nov 2011: PRBO Finds Bleak Future for SF Bay Tidal Marshes
10 Nov 2011: Nation’s Mayors Asked to Stop Spread of Feral Cats
29 Oct 2011: 2011 State of the Birds Report now available
28 Oct 2011: Thank You Ocean Report: Thank You Ocean.pdf
13 Oct 2011: Partners in Flight Newsletter, October 2011: PIF NEWS - October 2011.pdf
13 Oct 2011: A Review of Human Disturbance Impacts on Waterbirds: Human disturbance impacts Report FINAL.pdf
10 Oct 2011: Sierra Nevada Alliance AmeriCorps Needs Scoping Survey: Would your agency be interested in a full-time AmeriCorps member(s) being placed with your organization for 11 months to work on your programs that focus on a) watershed restoration/monitoring/education and/or b) energy and water conservation? If so, please take this survey.
27 Sep 2011: San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex Accomplishment Report (PDF): SF Bay NWRC 2010 Accomplishments.pdf
26 Sep 2011: Commission to Vote on Climate Change Bay Plan Amendment on October 6, 2011: Commission to vote.pdf
23 Sep 2011: Public comment period open: $36.8 Million Natural Resource Damages Settlement to Restore Natural Resources and Improve Recreational Opportunities in Areas Affected by Cosco Busan Oil Spill: CB NRDA settlement press release 09142011.pdf, CB DARP settlement newsletter091411.pdf
19 Sep 2011: For public review: Coastal California (BCR 32) Waterbird Conservation Plan. Comments due 11/15/11.: BCR32 Waterbird Conservation Plan_Draft_Sep2011.pdf, Appendix 4_Waterbird Species Accounts.pdf
13 Sep 2011: A Fur Seal Recovery Story – PRBO documents biggest year yet for Northern Fur Seals on the Farallon Islands: Press Release.pdf
13 Sep 2011: National Public Lands Day is September 24. Volunteers will give their time and energy to improve and enhance the public lands we all enjoy. This year, NPLD is supporting the efforts of First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" connection to healthy activity.
13 Sep 2011: SOE Conference: Pre-Registration Deadline 9/14
13 Sep 2011: New articles are now available at the SFBJV Science Network Document Library, under “Public Access and Wildlife.” These articles were used to compile the recently completed "Human disturbance effects on wildlife" white paper by Kathi Borgmann.
7 Sep 2011: Refuge Flag Raised Over Newly Acquired Skaggs Island Property: Press release--SkaggsIsl event--6-28-11.pdf
23 Aug 2011: Invitation to September 1 meeting hosted by the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV) and Long Term Management Strategy (LTMS) agencies to discuss sediment and dredging issues and restoration project needs.: SFBJVConservCom DraftdAgenda.doc, BenthicCommunityConsiderations4InBayPlacement .docx
22 Aug 2011: East Subregion of the Bay Area IRWMP - Web access Instructions: East Subregion of the Bay Area IRWMP - Web access.pdf
18 Aug 2011: Partnerships for invasive plant eradication update August 2011: Partnerships for invasive plant eradication.pdf
11 Aug 2011: Registration closes 8/15 for Our Coast–Our Future Coastal Manager Scoping Workshop: OCOF Coastal Manager Scoping Workshops.pdf
3 Aug 2011: Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory Birds
2 Aug 2011: Delta is highly vulnerable to climate change
31 Jul 2011: Proposed Climate Change Bay Plan Amendment
28 Jul 2011: Help Count Endangered Lange’s Metalmark Butterflies at the Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Refuge : Help Count Endangered Lange.pdf
26 Jul 2011: Coastal Conservancy Board Authorization Supports Water Trail Implementation. The Coastal Conservancy board certified the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Water Trail Plan on March 17, 2011. At the same meeting the Conservancy authorized a $1 million grant to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to help with implementation of the Water Trail through trailhead designation; an education, outreach, and stewardship program; development of outreach materials; and management of grant funds for individual Water Trail site enhancement projects.
21 Jul 2011: Partners in Flight U.S. Bird Conservation Resources: Links to various conservation resources, including maps, webinars, videos, reports, etc., for use by states, provinces, joint ventures, and other partners in landbird conservation.
18 Jul 2011: LTMS Programmatic EFH Consultation Public Meeting July 22 9:30am-12:30pm at BCDC: 072211 EFH Public Mtg Agenda.pdf
28 Jun 2011: UPDATE 5/20/11: Comment period has been extended to June 10, 2011. Scoping Notice for the South Farallon Islands Non-native Mouse Eradication Project: South Farallon Islands Scoping Letter.pdf
28 Jun 2011: USFWS Region 8 Bio Brown Bag lunch webinar June 29: USFWS Region 8 Bio Brown Bag lunch webinar.pdf
23 Jun 2011: San Mateo County Resource Conservation District Awarded $1.3 Million for Partnerships in Resource Protection: San Mateo County Resource Conservation District Awarded.pdf
23 Jun 2011: Laguna Bird Anthology call for submissions
17 Jun 2011: Alviso Waterway Reconnected To The Bay
17 Jun 2011: Mr. Brad Bortner has been selected as the new Chief for the Division of Migratory Bird Management. Brad currently serves as Chief of the Division of Migratory Birds and Habitat Programs in Region 1. During his tenure, Brad has been involved with numerous partnership efforts to further migratory bird conservation. Most recently Brad served as Management Board Chair of the Intermountain West Joint Venture from 2009-2011 and lead the 2010 State of the Birds team. In 2007, Brad was acting Center Director for the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison for a month and eight months as acting Assistant Regional Director for External Affairs in Region 1. From 1987-1992 Brad worked for the Office of Migratory Bird Management at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center as Chief of Population Assessment and several staff positions. Prior to joining the Fish and Wildlife Service, Brad spent 1.5 years working for the Office of Hydropower Licensing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in Washington, D.C.
31 May 2011: The San Francisco Estuary Partnership has two new podcasts: "Trestle Trouble" (about railroad and culvert constrictions along the Bay that affect creeks and wetlands) and "Taming Mercury" (actions on mercury contamination around the Bay) that may be of interest to you.
12 May 2011: State of the Birds Report Finds Public Lands Essential for Hundreds of Species: ABC State of the Birds Report Press Release.pdf
4 May 2011: Friends of the River sixty-day notice of intent to sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) over violations of Sections 7 and 9 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), including 16 U.S.C. 1531, 1536, and 1538, for failure to consult with fish and wildlife agencies.: Final.FOR-Defenders.v.Corps.60 day ltr.pdf
28 Apr 2011: Skaggs Island to Become Part of San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Skaggs Transfer is Final-P.R.pdf
28 Apr 2011: Saving the Bay is scheduled to be broadcast nationally on PBS in prime time to coincide with Earth Week beginning Wednesday evening April 20, 2011 at 10pm and continuing the next three Wednesday evenings through May 11th
28 Apr 2011: National Ocean Policy Strategic Action Plan Comment Period Now Open. Ends April 29, 2011. The National Ocean Council is looking for recommendations on Priority Objectives with regard to effective actions, obstacles and opportunities, and milestones and performance measures.
18 Apr 2011: New information is available related to proposed Bay Plan Amendment 1-08 concerning concerning Amendment of Various Sections of the Bay Plan to Address Climate Change and to Add A New Climate Change Section with New Findings and Policies [5 MB PDF]: BCDC pdfs.zip
31 Mar 2011: State of the Estuary Input Session to be held April 8, 2011: SOE Input Description.pdf
22 Feb 2011: Bay Area Ecosystems Climate Change Consortium Selects Andrew Gunther, Ph.D., as BAECCC’s first Executive Coordinator: BAECCC Coord Hiring An Final Feb 22 2011.pdf
10 Feb 2011: 2011 International Migratory Bird Day Outreach Products Order Form for employees of USFWS, NPS, and USFS: 2011OutreachOrderForm.pdf
7 Feb 2011: Bay Area King Tide Photo Initiative: Preview Sea Level Rise with Upcoming Winter "King Tides" : BayAreaKingTide_Announcement.pdf
2 Feb 2011: FEB 2: World Wetlands Day. Today the Laguna de Santa Rosa becomes the next Ramsar site. The Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetland Complex now listed on the Ramsar Website: Worldwide the Laguna is listed as #1930, and nationwide #29 to receive the Wetland of International Importance designation.
2 Feb 2011: Call for Pre-proposals: Identification of Potential Projects for the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative. Pre-proposal deadline – COB SUNDAY, Feb 20, 2011.: Preproposal Guidance 2011Final.pdf
1 Feb 2011: Beth Huning Receives 2011 North American Nature Photography Association Foundation Philip Hyde Grant Award Highlighting the Use of Photography in Conservation Efforts. Through her work in the San Francisco Bay area, photographer Beth Huning is developing multimedia web-based programs, exhibits, and publications as part of a campaign to raise public awareness and build a constituency for the largest wetland restoration projects on the West Coast. As a photographer, Beth documents the historical turning of tides as diked baylands, salt ponds, and urban areas are returned to their historic tidal flows, where she also oversees the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture, a program to coordinate the restoration projects. See http://yourwetlands.org and http://sfbayjv.org for more information about the project and restoration of San Francisco Bay and nearby coastal wetlands. : PHG Press Release 2011.pdf
1 Feb 2011: About Algerian Sea Lavender (Limonium ramosissimum) an early detection and eradication priority for San Francisco Bay information courtesy of Gavin Archbald : About invasive Algerian sea lavendar (Limonium ramosissimum) in SF Bay-BAEDN.pdf
27 Jan 2011: Revealing the Hidden Bay: Scientific Coalition Releases San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Report: SubtidalGoals_Press_Release_012411_FINAL.pdf
24 Jan 2011: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) National Wildlife Refuge System, in partnership with the FWS National Conservation Training, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (Foundation) and the National Wildlife Refuge Association are now soliciting applications from organizations interested in The Nature of Learning grants.: National Wildlife Refuge Association 2011 The Nature of Learning Grant Program.pdf
10 Jan 2011: Notice of EIR Preparation and CEQA Scoping Meetings for Wetland Area Protection Policy: State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board), as Lead Agency, has conducted an Initial Study (IS) and has determined that a program-level environmental impact report (EIR) is necessary for the proposed Wetland Area Protection Policy and Dredge and Fill Regulations (Project). The Project will include a State Water Board wetland definition. : notice_wetlands.pdf
4 Jan 2011: February 2, 2011: World Wetlands Day. February 2 each year is World Wetlands Day. It marks the date of the adoption of the Convention on Wetlands on 2 February 1971, in the Iranian city of Ramsar on the shores of the Caspian Sea. World Wetlands Day was first celebrated in 1997. Since then government agencies, non-government organizations and community groups have celebrated World Wetlands Day by undertaking actions to raise public awareness of wetland values and benefits and promote the conservation and wise use of wetlands. These activities include seminars, nature walks, festivals, launches of new policies, announcement of new Ramsar sites, newspaper articles, radio interviews and wetland rehabilitation. Check back on our website for events taking place around the bay area.
16 Dec 2010: BAYVIEW HUNTERS POINT “ECOCENTER” WINS NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD. 2010 US EPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award Goes to Off-Grid Project at Heron’s Head Park EPA Cites EcoCenter’s Landmark Partnerships—Collective Effort by Community, City, State, Private Firms. December 15, 2010 -- The US Environmental Protection Agency announced this morning that Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ), a community-based environmental education organization in Bayview Hunters Point, is a recipient of a 2010 US EPA Environmental Justice Achievement Award. This award, given annually to landmark projects that connect environmental sustainability and social equity, recognizes LEJ’s EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park, the first environmental justice education facility in the Bay Area and San Francisco's first 100% “off-grid” building, modeling solar power and alternative wastewater technologies.
10 Dec 2010: American Bird Conservancy Warns of Impact to Bird Conservation Efforts if Key Funding Source is Not Renewed by Congress: ABC-Birds-Media-Release-20101210.pdf
9 Nov 2010: Hamilton wetlands work to resume in Novato
1 Nov 2010: Review and feedback requested by San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve on Draft Management Plan regarding the framework for the Reserve's priorities and activities for the next five years and improving the understanding and stewardship of China Camp, Rush Ranch and San Francisco Bay and its watershed. The plan is available for download from our website at sfbaynerr.org. Please submit comments via email to: sfbaynerr "at" gmail.com. by November 25th.
27 Oct 2010: The California Natural Resources Agency releases the second State of the State’s Wetlands report [4.4 MB PDF] which summarizes the progress made by many state agencies, public and private partnerships, and the federal government to protect, restore, and monitor California’s diverse wetland resources from 1999 through 2009. During this time period, Californians have invested billions of dollars to protect and restore wetlands and riparian areas.
22 Oct 2010: Upland Habitat Goals Project Photographs Requested: UHG-Photos-Request.pdf
19 Oct 2010: Plant Mapping Made Easy! The California Exotic Plant Management Team produced a short video of Dan Gluesenkamp (Audubon Canyon Ranch) introducing The Calflora and BAEDN new weed mapping application that has been developed for Android-based phones (and application is being modified and improved for the iPhone). This seamless data collecting application ultimately may bring mapping access to a community that is thirsting for real-time data and to detach from the cords, cables and GPS licensing issues. The phone application was created to allow anyone with an Android-based phone to locate, map and take photos of a specimens/plants, whether it be an invasive or native species. Once the plant's location is mapped and cataloged on the phone it can then be easily uploaded to a Calflora website, which compiles and manages data from its mobile users and displays the data in an easy-to-use map-based format. Currently the application focuses solely on the aspects of early detection, but development of the application as a treatment tool is already in the works.
14 Oct 2010: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Extends Public Comment Period on Mosquito Management Plan and Environmental Assessment for San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge until November 18, 2010: USFWS Comment San Pablo Bay.pdf
14 Oct 2010: The California Department of Water Resources invites public comment on the draft funding guidelines and application package for grants for flood risk reduction projects funded through the Flood Corridor Program. See document below for draft Guidelines and Application. Public Workshops are also scheduled. Submit written comments to: Earl Nelson, Department of Water Resources, 3310 El Camino Avenue, Room 140, Sacramento, CA 95821 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Public comments must be received by DWR before 5 PM on Monday, November 1, 2010.: Draft_Guidelines_and_Application.pdf
15 Sep 2010: Notice of Preparation: Draft Environmental Impact Report San Francisquito Creek Flood Reduction Project East Bayshore Road to San Francisco Bay: SFCJPA EIR NOP 9.13.10.pdf
9 Sep 2010: Draft Revised EIR for SF Bay Area Water Trail available for review. The Draft Revised Programmatic Environmental Impact Report (DREIR) for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Plan (WT Plan) is now complete and available for review. A Draft EIR for the WT Plan was prepared and circulated in 2008, but based on the nature of the comments received, the Conservancy as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) extensively revised the document for clarity. The new public review period will begin on August 3 and end on September 21, 2010.: Exec Summary_WT_ DREIR_2010.pdf, WT_DREIR_NOA_August_2010.pdf
16 Aug 2010: NEW SFBJV SCIENCE COORDINATOR HIRED! We are delighted to welcome Christina Sloop to the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture in her new role as Science Coordinator. As a long-time resident of the Bay area with a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis, Christina offers considerable knowledge of both terrestrial and wetland ecology, with expertise in field-based research in San Francisco Bay relative to invasive and endangered species. As Conservation Science Program Director for the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation, she comes to us with a wealth of professional experience in the coordination of multi-stakeholder processes, established relationships with regional scientists and public leaders, and project management and statistical data analysis skills. Christina’s initial focus will be to coordinate a team of scientists in the development of a monitoring and evaluation plan for the Joint Venture and our partners' wetland habitat restoration and enhancement projects. She will also be coordinating an update of the Joint Venture Implementation Plan, Restoring the Estuary.
5 Aug 2010: Two new podcasts featuring SFEI scientists Lester McKee and Sarah Pearce on green stormwater treatment facilities and an interview with Brisbane harbor master Ted Warburton on oil spill response.
2 Aug 2010: Dear Conservation Partners: Mark Biddlecomb has been selected to serve as the new Director of the Western Regional Office of Ducks Unlimited. Mark replaced Rudolph Rosen who took a position with Texas State University in June. Mark’s effective starting date is August 2nd, and we are extremely pleased to have him assume this important leadership position. Mark began his career with DU in 1995, and recently was Director of Conservation Programs for California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona. Prior to joining DU, he worked for the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and as a gold miner in the private sector. Please join DU in congratulating Mark.
21 Jul 2010: $7,500 in scholarships available to assist West Coast individuals who want to attend the Restore America's Estuaries 5th National Conference and EXPO on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Galveston Island Convention Center, Texas, November 13 - 17, 2010. : Scholarship Application TX10.pdf
21 Jul 2010: Notice is hereby given that the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Regional Water Board), acting as lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), intends to adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Aramburu Island Shoreline Protection and Habitat Enhancement Project. The project applicant is the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary. The Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration are available for a 30-day public review. Documents may be reviewed at the Regional Water Board office in Oakland (address below). Please contact Melinda Wong at (510) 622-2430 or email@example.com for an appointment. The Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration will also be available for review on Monday at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary located at 376 Greenwood Board Road, Tiburon, California , as well as at the Marin County Department of Parks and Open Space, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 260 , San Rafael, CA. Comments on the Initial Study and Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration must be received *in writing* by the end of the review period, which is August 16, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. Submit comments to: Sandi Potter, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region, 1515 Clay Street, Suite 1400, Oakland, CA 94612.
15 Jul 2010: Southeast Partners in Flight is pleased to announce the launch of a new field guide to web technologies for bird conservation. The guide is targeted at manager and administrator alike and provides simple, one-page summaries of a variety of general web tools (e.g., blogs, news feeds) as well as specific web-based applications (e.g., Facebook, eBird). Each summary provides a short overview of each technology, highlights of its strengths and weaknesses, examples of how each technology is being used in bird conservation, and links to sites with more detailed information. Users can download the entire guide or individual summaries as PDFs.
14 Jul 2010: July 2010 Partners in Flight Newsletter: PIF NEWS - July 2010.pdf
8 Jul 2010: Summer 2010 issue of the NAWMP Science Support Team newsletter "Venturing Forward" is now available - Final Issue: NSST_SUMMER_2010.pdf
7 Jul 2010: Senate Moves Forward to Restore America’s Great Waters - Committee Approves Series of Bills to Restore Water Ecosystems that Protect People, Wildlife, and the Economy : 06-30-10 EPW Mark-Up Water Restoriation Bills RELEASE FINAL.pdf
7 Jul 2010: Restore America's Estuaries 5th National Conference and Expo on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration. Preparing for Climate Change: Science, Practice, and Policy - Registration Now Open
17 Jun 2010: June 25: Service and Partners to Celebrate Federal Duck Stamp First Dale of Sale at Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge - Sale of Stamps to be Linked to Conservation Efforts: FirstDayof SaleINVITE.pdf
15 Jun 2010: Rebecca J. Fris selected as Science Coordinator of the California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC). : LCC Science Coordinator Announcement.pdf
11 Jun 2010: With support from Sierra Club and others AB 2575 (Chesbro): Salmon Protection has passed the Calif Assembly and moved to the state Senate for consideration. Would direct the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CalFIRE) to implement a pilot project for the improved protection and repair of the riparian zone in watersheds with listed anadromous salmonids.
4 Jun 2010: June 7, 4 PM: Deadline for Abstracts and all presentations including special sessions and poster clusters for the 6th Biennial Bay-Delta Science Conference Ecosystem Sustainability: Focusing Science on Managing California's Water Future. September 27-29, 2010, Sacramento, CA
1 Jun 2010: SF Bay Diving Duck Carrying Capacity Models
12 May 2010: The San Francisco Bay Joint Venture (SFBJV) seeks a scientist to provide coordination for the SFBJV Management Board, Restoration Committee, and science partners in support of the SFBJV habitat protection, restoration, monitoring, and evaluation goals. Application Deadline May 31, 2010. : SFBJV Science Coordinator.pdf
12 May 2010: Americorps Opportunity of having an Americorps staffer work with you in the next year (starting in October) to do watershed restoration and monitoring and education and outreach in anadromous fishery watersheds - with the goal "To conserve, restore, and enhance anadromous watersheds for future generations by linking education with high-quality scientific practices." These positions are for 10 ½ months and will be supported by federal Americorps funding for the Watershed Stewards Project (WSP), with a match of only $5250 required for non-profits and $7000 for others. Simple application form that has to be filled out by MAY 14th. Please see the specific information on how to become a "WSP Placement Site".
12 May 2010: To celebrate Partners in Flight’s 20th Anniversary, Cornell Lab of Ornithology created a compelling movie highlighting Partners in Flight’s mission and approach. Spectacular bird footage and vocalizations bring the message to life—we must continue to work together to effectively conserve the Western Hemisphere’s amazing and diverse bird life. The video additionally showcases the International Migratory Bird Day 2010 artwork by Robert Petty that illustrates the theme “Power of Partnerships.
22 Apr 2010: Dr. Kevin Doherty chosen as Science Coordinator for Prairie Pothole Joint Venture: PPJV Announcement 20100422.pdf
20 Apr 2010: The 2010 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest is taking place on Friday, April 23 at the Science Museum of Minnesota. The event is free and open to the public! Seating is limited, so the Science Museum of Minnesota and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will broadcast the judging LIVE from the following Web address. To watch the Contest and find out the winner of the 2010 National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, click on the following link: http://184.108.40.206/launcher.cgi?room=R5ROAVR3. This link will only be "live" from 10 am to noon (central) on Friday, April 23. To view the Contest, follow the link and set-up instructions. You may be asked to run a short set-up program. If so, simply follow the prompts presented. You will log in as a participant. Simply enter your name. There is no password required. To hear the audio, you will need speakers on the computer you are using. For more information about the Junior Duck Stamp Program, click on: http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/.
5 Apr 2010: Oakley wetland restoration passes final hurdle
1 Apr 2010: Conservation Group Asks Water Board to Investigate Filling of Pleasanton Wetlands : Staples RWQCB 3-24-10.pdf
31 Mar 2010: The Association of Watershed and Stormwater Professionals (AWSPs) (a program of the Center for Watershed Protection, Inc.) is sponsoring a photolog contest to feature on our website and our journal, the Watershed Science Bulletin (WSB). The photolog contest is a way for us to feature the watersheds in which we work, live, and play. This will be a semiannual solicitation process for members and non-members. The photos can feature any number of subjects including: Streams, forests, or other natural features, Stormwater BMPs, Restoration projects, Anything that captures the essence of the watersheds. All photologs must be submitted by April 9, 2010 by 5pm. Winners will be notified by May 31, 2010 by email. Winning photographs and descriptions will be displayed on the website for a limited time and will also appear in the Fall 2010 edition of the Watershed Science Bulletin. : photologcontest.pdf
29 Mar 2010: IMPORTANT US Army Corps Proposed Changes to Levee Vegetation: IMPORTANT US Army Corps Proposed Changes to Levee Vegetation.zip
23 Mar 2010: Dr. Don Boesch, President of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES) will co-chair NCER 2011 in concert with Dr. Suzette Kimball, Associate Director of US Geological Survey.
18 Mar 2010: Winter 2010 Issue of The All-Bird Bulletin, the newsletter of the U.S. NABCI Committee: bulletin0310.pdf
4 Mar 2010: Petaluma Wetlands Alliance Receives Disney Promotion for Volunteer Activities at Shollenberger and Alman Marsh: Petaluma Wetlands Alliance Winter 2010 Newsletter.pdf
1 Mar 2010: April 8: California Red-Legged Frog Workshop
22 Feb 2010: The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is planning a general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) this summer. With current enrollment at 31.2 million acres and approximately 4.5 million acres expiring on October 1 of this year, there will be plenty of room for a large sign-up while staying under the 32 million acre cap. FSA anticipates 2.9 million acres being eligible for general sign-up along with anticipated enrollment of 500,000 acres in continuous CRP this year. In preparation for the sign-up, FSA is developing a new CRP rule and has prepared a Draft Supplemental EIS for the program. The draft EIS has not yet been posted, but we have received a hard copy as have some of the Regions. There is likely to be a request for review of the document through the ER system, but I wanted to give you a heads up and will provide a link to the document once it is posted. State FSA offices have also been notified that they must renew or revise their State Conservation Priority Areas (CPAs) by March 31 (see attached Notice CRP-651). The notice requires consultation with NRCS State Conservationists and State Technical Committees in the development of state CPAs and wildlife zones within CPAs. The Service is specifically identified as an agency to be consulted in determining wildlife zones. Many states have started this process through the STCs. Please contact me if you have any questions. Dave Walker, Farm Conservation Programs Coordinator, Division of Habitat and Resource Conservation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop 770, Arlington, VA 22203. : WRP_Final_ Implementation Plan.pdf, crp_651.pdf
22 Jan 2010: San Francisco Estuary Partnership is conducting an inventory of creek mouths around the Bay that could be restored as part of our Gateways to the Estuary initiative. Short (10-question) survey...
20 Jan 2010: Ken Kriese has been selected as the new Joint Venture program coordinator, filling the position vacated by Guy Foulks last fall. I'm sure many of you know Ken has worked the last few years as an administrator for the small grants component of the NAWCA program, where he's had lots of experience working with partners and helping to expand that part of the program. Ken has degrees from the University of Minnesota and the University of California/Davis, including a PhD obtained under the guidance of John Eadie, long-time science guru for the Central Valley JV. Ken's reporting date is February 1 and he will be attending the NAWMP Committee meeting in Phoenix the following week. He will also be assisting the Grants Branch as needed with his former responsibilities during the transition to other personnel. I expect it will take several months for him to become familiar with the primary contacts, functions, needs, priorities, and proclivities of the JV Program.
16 Jan 2010: A strong El Nino is reaching its peak in the Eastern Pacific, heavy weather events expected: Hunker Down PRBO News.pdf
6 Jan 2010: Gov. Schwarzenegger Appoints Lester Snow as Natural Resources Secretary. Appoints Mark Cowin Director of Department of Water Resources, John McCamman Director of Department of Fish and Game.
5 Jan 2010: Birds of the Bay Calendar Contest - The San Francisco Estuary Partnership is looking for 12 great photos of birds using the San Francisco Bay Estuary: shorebirds, waterbirds, raptors, songbirds—any species you see in and around the Bay or Delta’s waters and wetlands—for our 2011 calendar.: Calendar contest.pdf
5 Jan 2010: PARTNERS IN FLIGHT: TWO DECADES OF BIRD CONSERVATION - In 2010, Partners in Flight (PIF) will be celebrating 20 years of bird conservation activity. Launched in 1990, PIF arose in response to concerns over disturbing declines among Neotropical migrant landbirds - those which breed in North America and winter in Latin America and the Caribbean. PIF’s main message has been that the resources of public and private organizations in this hemisphere have to be combined, coordinated, and increased in order to conserve our shared bird population resource.: Partners in Flight - Two Decades of Bird Conservation.pdf
5 Jan 2010: FULL FUNDING FOR LWCF? The LWCF, a “conservation royalty account” from offshore oil and gas lease revenue going into the U.S. Treasury, has been critical in securing many locations designated as Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in the U.S. The LWCF is a funding vehicle that has been responsible for the creation and development of more than 40,000 national, state, and local parks, refuges, forests, and recreation areas in all fifty states, and 98% of all U.S. counties. Many birding hotspots have been preserved or enhanced through the LWCF.: IBA_News_LWCF.pdf
23 Dec 2009: The State Coastal Conservancy will be conducting exams for Public Land Managers II, Project Development Managers, and Project Development Specialists. There is currently one job opening, Program Manager for the Ocean Program.
15 Dec 2009: Salt ponds could be clue to life on Mars
8 Dec 2009: Collaborative Geospatial Information and Tools for California Coastal and Ocean Managers. Final Workshop Report and Presentations Now Available Online. The Ocean Protection Council, in collaboration with the California Ocean Science Trust, NOAA Coastal Services Center, the Center for Ocean Solutions, and The Nature Conservancy, hosted a workshop on August 17 & 18, 2009, titled "Collaborative Geospatial Information and Tools for California Coastal and Ocean Managers" at Stanford University. The final workshop report and presentations are now available online.
3 Dec 2009: White House Council on Environmental Quality Releases Revised Principles and Guidelines for Water Resources - 90 day comment period: 091203-ceq-revised-principles-guidelines-water-resources.pdf
1 Dec 2009: Restoring the Freshwater Marsh at Shollenberger Park : Fall 2009Newsletter.pdf
4 Nov 2009: Article: Restoring San Francisco Bay (p. 40-41) in Fish & Wildlife News: News_Su09_web MN101609.pdf
22 Oct 2009: The Alameda County Watershed Forum has a new website! www.alamedacountywatersheds.org Check out the fundraising and organizational development resources for watershed groups in the Resource Library, be the first to start a discussion on the new Online Bulletin Board, or learn About the new direction of the Forum and more. Also, note that the Forum's new email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
13 Oct 2009: Friends of San Pablo Bay NWR Photo Contest: SPBNWR photo contest.pdf
7 Oct 2009: Thursday October 8: Saving the Bay on KQED. From the Gold Rush to the Golden Gate Bridge, and through World's Fairs and World Wars, San Francisco Bay has been central to the identity of our region. Narrated by Robert Redford, Saving the Bayexplores the history of San Francisco Bay from its geologic origins through years of catastrophic exploitation to the restoration efforts of today. The SFBJV provided funding and fund raising support for the series.
7 Oct 2009: Saving the Bay Special TV series: Follow the storied history of San Francisco Bay with Saving series premiering on public television in October. Narrated by Robert Redford, famed actor and environmentalist, the four one-hour episodes trace the Bay from its geologic origins following the last Ice Age through decades of catastrophic exploitation, to the restoration efforts of today.
6 Oct 2009: Travel scholarships for college students: The Wetland Foundation is a non-profit organization initiated in 2008 by Drs. Karen L. McKee and Irving A. Mendelssohn with a mission to enhance wetland research and education by providing travel grants to students. Deadline for 2010 Applications: January 31, 2010.
5 Oct 2009: Seeking to implement numerous stakeholder recommendations from the Western Renewable Energy Zones initiative, the Western Governors’ Association has submitted to the U.S. Department of Energy a proposal that would expand upon resource assessments and transmission planning within the Western Interconnection. The DOE is expected to announce by early November those entities that will receive funding as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
30 Sep 2009: Using Lasers to Map Bird Habitat: PRBO-Using Lasers to Map Bird Habitat.pdf
17 Sep 2009: NAWCA Small Grants Due October 29
15 Sep 2009: Sonoma Ecology Center, Mattole Restoration Council, and the Association of Conservation Contractors and Workers seek assistance in restarting and maintaining the flow of funding to conservation work halted by the December 2008 bond freeze. To this end, an on-line survey for individuals and organizations has been created. All surveys received will remain confidential and results will be shared with all respondents.
14 Sep 2009: Fishermen, Local Governments, and Environmentalists Sue FERC for Wave Energy Planning : Motion for Comprehensive Plan.pdf
31 Aug 2009: Environmental Impact Documents. The Sears Point Wetlands and Watershed Restoration Project’s Public Draft Environmental Impact Report/Statement (EIR/EIS) is complete and has been released for public review. The document is now available on Sonoma Land Trust’s website at www.sonomalandtrust.org. The 45-day comment period begins today and will remain open through Tuesday, October 13. During this comment period, we encourage you to submit your comments to Sonoma Land Trust and to the California Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, our lead state and federal agency partners. Sonoma Land Trust is currently working to schedule a public comment meeting in late September. That meeting date will be announced shortly, though we do know the event will be held at the Sonoma Community Center in downtown Sonoma, in the same space we’ve held public meetings in 2006 and 2007.
25 Aug 2009: NRCS is in the process of reviewing all 166 of their conservation practice standards to meet the requirements of the 2008 Farm Bill. The legislation requires the review of practice standards in effect on the date of enactment (June 18, 2008) to ensure, to the maximum extent practicable: 1) the completeness and relevance of standards to local agricultural, forestry and natural resources needs, including specialty crops, native and managed pollinators, bioenergy crop production, forestry, and other needs as determined by the Secretary; and 2) that the standards provide for the optimum balance between meeting site-specific conservation needs and minimizing the risks of design failure and associated costs of construction and installation. As part of the review process, NRCS is seeking public comment on how to improve the conservation practice standards to meet the statutory objectives of the review. An initial Federal Register notice requesting comment dated June 12 did not generate much of a response (I failed to catch this notice and forward to you at the time), so NRCS has extended the comment period to September 11 (notice of comment extension attached). The content of NRCS National Conservation Practice Standards can be found at http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/technical/Standards/nhcp.html Although the practice standards at the national level are very general, NRCS has a process to expedite revisions to standards resulting from this review that includes the following options: 1) revising the conservation practice at the national level; 2) revising the conservation practice at the State level; or 3) the State Conservationist can request a conservation practice variance. : Review of Conservation Practice Standards.pdf, conservation_practice_technical_assistance_federal_register_08.14.09.pdf
3 Aug 2009: Double-crested Cormorants in Sharp Decline: Double-crested Cormorants in Sharp Decline.pdf
29 Jul 2009: DUCK NUMBERS UP OVERALL - Greatly Improved Habitat Conditions Increase Ducks for 2009 : BPOP May Ponds FINAL 7.2.09.pdf
20 Jul 2009: The John Muir Association, a nonprofit organization supporting the National Park Service’s John Muir National Historic Site, is requesting nominations for the John Muir Conservation Award. Awards are given in four different categories open to individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and businesses. : Conservation_Award_Description_2009_FINAL.pdf
15 Jul 2009: House passes Joint Venture authorization bill
9 Jul 2009: San Francisco Estuary Institute Welcomes New Executive Director : SFEI_pressrelease_NewED_RHoenicke_7-7.pdf
7 Jul 2009: REQUEST FOR PRESENTER AUTHORED PUBLICATIONS: BreakPoint Books will be operating an on-site bookstore at the upcoming 3rd National Conference on Ecosystem Restoration in Los Angeles. As a service to presenters, we would like to give you the opportunity to offer for sale any books that you have authored, or books that you may refer to/recommend. Please complete the following author profile by 12 noon July 9, 2009: RequestforAuthoredPublications.pdf
2 Jul 2009: DEADLINE: July 17, 2009 - The 9th Biennial State of the Estuary conference includes poster sessions and oral sessions with invited speakers. We are seeking abstracts for the poster session. This call is for poster presentations only.
1 Jul 2009: Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Announces $167 Million in Recovery Act Funding for 50 Coastal Restoration Projects: South Bay Salt Pond Project to receive $7.6 million, Napa Plant Site Phase 2 to get $8.5 million.
1 Jul 2009: TIME TO BUY YOUR MIGRATORY BIRD STAMP. July is the month to buy your new Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation [Duck] Stamp at your local Post Office, National Wildlife Refuge, or various sporting outlets. 98 percent of the proceeds go to secure National Refuge System wetland and grassland habitat, and the Stamp also serves as a pass for refuges that charge for entry. Post Office Purchases: Phone: 1-800 STAMP-24 (1-800-782-6724). Online: The Postal Store. Note: Once at the website enter search text "Duck Stamps" in upper right hand corner. Amplex Corporation (the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service distributor) Phone: 1-800-852-4897. Online: www.duckstamp.com.
18 Jun 2009: New Biologists for the Migratory Bird Program, R8: New Biologists for the Migratory Bird Program R8.pdf
17 Jun 2009: Congresswoman Lynn Woolsey today celebrated an agreement between the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to begin the transfer of the decommissioned Skaggs Island Naval Station to a nearby wildlife sanctuary. Woolsey and her staff have been actively engaged in negotiations over the site for years, and last fall passed legislation through the Congress to facilitate the transfer process. : 06-10 skaggs MOU.pdf
15 Jun 2009: The Santa Clara Valley Water District has released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Alviso Slough Restoration Project. A public hearing will be held on July 16 at 7:00 pm at the George Mayne Elementary School in Alviso. Comments must be submitted by 5:00 pm July 18 to: Santa Clara Valley Water District, Attn: Mr. Michael Coleman, Environmental Planner, 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118. Phone (408) 265-2607 ext. 3096. E-mail: MColeman@valleywater.org. Copies of the DEIR are available at the: Santa Clara Valley Water District offices as per above, at the Dr. Martin Luther King Library, 180 West San Carlos St., San Jose, and at the Alviso Public Library, 5050 North First Street, Alviso.
11 Jun 2009: President's new service initiative provides opportunity to get new volunteers for your program: Serve.gov Annoucement 20090611.pdf
9 Jun 2009: Grassland Resource Conservation District Awards Dr. Fritz Reid the J. Martin Winton Conservation Award: Winton Award.pdf
1 Jun 2009: Electronic access to the entire USGS Landsat 7 archive, enabling users to download standard-format scenes at no charge, has been an amazing success, with over 225,000 scenes downloaded since October 1st. Previously acquired imagery from Landsat 1 through Landsat 5, is also now available for download at no charge using the same standard processing format.
27 May 2009: Migratory Birds in the Middle East and Africa: Promoting Collaboration and Conservation across the Hemispheres : MidEastAfrica TourPRfinal052709.pdf
19 May 2009: FROM PROJECT TO PARTNERSHIP. OAKLAND, CA – On May 15, 2009, the 22-year old San Francisco Estuary Project became the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. The new name “better reflects the collaborative approach the organization takes to protect, restore, and monitor the health of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary,” says Director Judy Kelly. “We have outgrown the reference to a short-term project after so many years.” : project to partnership pr.pdf
14 May 2009: Secretary Salazar Presents Giacomini Wetlands Restoration with Partners in Conservation Award: giacomini award press release.pdf
1 May 2009: The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, created by the California legislature in 2008 with the enactment of AB 2954, is charged with raising and allocating resources for the restoration, enhancement, protection, and enjoyment of wetlands and wildlife habitat in the San Francisco Bay and along its shoreline. Information about the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, including meetings of its Governing Board, is available online at http://sfbayrestore.org/index.html. Those interested in receiving email notices may join the email list by following the link to Contact Us and then clicking Join Email List, or send an email message with your name, organization or affiliation, and email address to email@example.com.
21 Apr 2009: The Department of Conservation (DOC) regrets to announce that there will be a delay in the projected mid-April release of the next Watershed Coordinator Grant Solicitation funded through Proposition 84. DOC has been informed that the State must complete and analyze the following items before approval can be given to release new bond funded grants: 1. Private bond sales, 2. May Budget Revise, 3. May special elections, 4. April tax receipts. We will send out updates when new information is received. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Watershed Program staff at 916/324-0850.
16 Apr 2009: California 2009 Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program Signup Announced - Applicants for the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP), administered by the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), may apply for the program for the 2009 fiscal year between now and June 15, 2009. Ranking and selection of parcels will take place immediately thereafter and funds will be obligated by July 15, 2009. NOTE: This information should be sent to any private landowner or land trust considering an easement. : FRPP 2009 News Release Signup Announcement.pdf
14 Apr 2009: Petitioners Urge Federal Communications Commission to Protect Millions of Migratory Birds, Audubon Partners with American Bird Conservancy and Defenders of Wildlife. (Washington, D.C. – April 14, 2009) Conservation organizations and concerned citizens are petitioning the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to address the killing of millions of migratory birds from collisions with the more than 100,000 communications towers throughout the United States. American Bird Conservancy, National Audubon Society, and Defenders of Wildlife filed a petition with the FCC today asking the agency to adopt new rules to comply with federal environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, in order to ensure that the impact of towers on migratory birds is properly considered and addressed in agency decisions.
12 Apr 2009: BCDC (Bay Conservation and Development Commission) has launched an international design competition for ideas responding to sea level rise. The Rising Tides competition aims to solicit ideas that are applicable to San Francisco Bay and beyond. : RisingTides_LogoLock.jpg
8 Apr 2009: Modeling Bird Distribution Responses to Climate Change - A new resource for predicting the impacts of climate change on bird distributions in California. PRBO Conservation Science has just released maps showing potential climate effects for nearly 60 species in California, and the modeling tool is now featured on the Avian Knowledge Network: www.avianknowledge.net.
23 Mar 2009: Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR proposed maintenance activities for the 2009/2010 season. : 2009 Proposed Final.pdf
23 Mar 2009: Secretary Salazar Releases Study Showing Widespread Declines in Bird Populations, Highlights Role of Partnerships in Conservation. The report is available at www.stateofthebirds.org. : State of the Birds Final 090319.pdf, KeyMessagesState of the BirdsFINAL.pdf
18 Mar 2009: The Division of Migratory Bird Management announces the availability of Birds of Conservation Concern 2008. This publication identifies species, subspecies, and populations of migratory and nonmigratory birds in need of additional conservation actions. We hope to stimulate coordinated and collaborative proactive conservation actions among Federal, State, tribal, and private partners. The species that appear in Birds of Conservation Concern 2008 are deemed to be the highest priority for conservation actions. We anticipate that the document will be consulted by Federal agencies and their partners prior to undertaking cooperative research, monitoring, and management actions that might directly or indirectly affect migratory birds.
3 Mar 2009: A new report has been released by Marin Audubon, sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture titled: Vegetation Management in Terrestrial Edges of Tidal Marshes, Western San Francisco Estuary, California, Integrated Vegetation Management Strategies and Practical Guidelines for Local Stewardship Programs. Prepared by Peter R. Baye, Ph.D.
3 Mar 2009: A new Your Wetlands podcast has just been published entitled Jobs in Wetland Restoration. On this Your Wetlands report, we dig into the types of jobs that wetland restoration work creates. Our guest is Chris Unkel, Director of Public Policy at Ducks Unlimited.
3 Mar 2009: REPORT: Economic Values of the World’s Wetlands
2 Mar 2009: DUCKS UNLIMITED PRAISES RECORD EXPANSION TO WETLANDS CONSERVATION PROGRAM: NAWCA increase in FY10 budget 2.26.09 FINAL.pdf
13 Feb 2009: NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMENT AND PUBLIC HEARING ON THE REVISED TENTATIVE ORDER FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY REGION MUNICIPAL REGIONAL STORMWATER NPDES PERMIT: Revised MRP Public Notice 2-11-09.pdf, MRP Major Revisions Summary 2-11-09.pdf
10 Feb 2009: A new report has been released by Marin Audubon, sponsored by the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture titled: Vegetation Management in Terrestrial Edges of Tidal Marshes, Western San Francisco Estuary, California, Integrated Vegetation Management Strategies and Practical Guidelines for Local Stewardship Programs. Prepared by Peter R. Baye, Ph.D. Coastal Plant Ecologist
6 Feb 2009: The Fish and Wildlife Service with USGS and partners hosted a Climate Change workshop in the Pacific Region Jan 29-30 2008 in San Francisco. USGS plans on putting a video of the plenary sessions, Bays and Estuaries, and Species/Population Management sessions. It is up and running, please visit the links below for directions and information. mms://video.wr.usgs.gov/workshop and http://www.fws.gov/pacific/ClimateChange/meetings/coastal.cfm for directions for opening the video files from the climate change workshop: http://www.fws.gov/pacific/ClimateChange/meetings/coastal/webcast.html
28 Jan 2009: Alameda County Watershed Forum is seeking proposals from qualified technical assistance providers offering organizational development services in a number of categories including: organizational and leadership development, funding development, financial management, program development, project management, establishing performance measures, marketing and communications: Proposal Request for Alameda County Watershed Forum.pdf
8 Jan 2009: Alameda County Watershed Forum Meeting Summary: December 2, 2008: AC WS Forum Meeting Summary 12-2-08.pdf
8 Jan 2009: Your Call Radio explores the adventurous world of bird migration and what role humans play in preserving these seasonal voyages. Guests Beth Huning, Coordinator, San Francisco Bay Joint Venture and Brad Bortner, Chief, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Division of Migratory Birds and Habitat Programs
8 Jan 2009: The Resources Agency and Caltrans are pleased to announce the joint release of the Guidelines and Application for the Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (EEMP) for the 2008-09 grant cycle, which began July 1, 2008.
4 Jan 2009: Switzer Environmental Fellowship Program Call for Applications FY 2009: SWITZER_ENVIRONMENTAL_FELLOWSHIP_PROGRAM_CALL_FOR_APPLICATIONS_FY_2009.pdf
23 Dec 2008: We are pleased to announce the selection of Eric Mruz to become the new Refuge Manager of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The 30,000 acre refuge is the largest of the National Wildlife Refuges around San Francisco Bay. Eric brings to this position a wealth of experience managing the Alviso Unit of the Don Edwards Refuge. During his 4 plus years in that position Eric has developed professional relationships with a variety of partners both within and outside government that are essential for his new position. We are grateful to Eric for stepping up to this leadership role. He will officially start in his new role on January 4, 2009.
11 Dec 2008: ABAG has a new Water web pages, called "Bay Area Water." You'll find many links to watershed organizations there, in addition to watershed news. The Bay Area Water blog can be found at: www.abag.ca.gov/water.
11 Dec 2008: The Urban Creeks Council has recently received a small amount of funding from the EPA that is specifically focused towards reducing sediment within our waterways. With a focus on reducing rates of erosion along our riparian corridors, we are currently looking for a few small streambank stabilization projects that could some financial assistance towards a potential project’s design / permitting phase. Currently, the projects need to be located within Contra Costa County. Specifically, we can provide matching funds up to $10,000 per project for design and permitting. These matching dollars can come from the landowner's own pocket or from any other non-federal source. Ideally, we are trying to schedule this design / permitting phase to occur in 2009.
11 Dec 2008: California’s western and Clark’s grebes are Under Pressure, Outdoor California, September - October 2008: Grebes_Outdoor CA_optimized.pdf
10 Dec 2008: See what Friends of the Petaluma River has been up to this year to protect our watershed in their Year End Report: Friends2008report.pdf
3 Dec 2008: The Center for Ecosystem Management and Restoration (CEMAR) announces the availability of Steelhead/Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Resources South of the Golden Gate, CA. This report, over four years in the making, is the most complete and authoritative steelhead reference ever prepared for the coastal watersheds of California south of the Golden Gate.
21 Nov 2008: On November 20, 2008, the California Department of Water Resources, as the Lead Agency, released the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project. The EIR is available at http://www.water.ca.gov/floodmgmt/dsmo/ecb/maep/dutchslough/deir/. There will be a 60-day comment period which will close on January 19, 2009. Please provide your written comments to: Patty Quickert, DWR Delta-Suisun Marsh Office, 1416 9th Street Room 1623, Sacramento, CA 95814. A public meeting will be held to allow public comment on the Draft EIR: December 11, 2008 from 1:00 to 4:00 pmOakley City Hall Council Chambers, 3231 Main Street, Oakley.
10 Nov 2008: Laguna Watershed Knowledgebase now online
31 Oct 2008: UPDATE: Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration Planning for the Cosco Busan Oil Spill: October 2008 : NRDA factsheet Oct 2008.pdf
20 Oct 2008: A new Your Wetlands podcast has just been published entitled “Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project" with guest Lorraine Parsons, Wetland Ecologist and Project Manager at the Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project. Check it out!
20 Oct 2008: Oct 21: A FRONTLINE Special Screening HEAT. FRONTLINE's global investigation HEAT reports on the track record and capabilities of America's corporate and political cultures to aggressively respond to the challenge of climate change.
10 Oct 2008: California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network: TEACHING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE [520 KB PDF]: Fall 2008 CREEC Connections.pdf
10 Oct 2008: Please be advised that the State Coastal Conservancy has decided to circulate a new draft EIR (DEIR) for the San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail project. Comments received on the June 2008 DEIR will be carefully considered and incorporated, as appropriate, into the new DEIR as it is developed. The new DEIR is expected to be completed and distributed for public review and comment in late February or early March, 2009. A Notice of Availability will be widely distributed with the release of the new draft, identifying a new public hearing date and location and new comment period.
10 Oct 2008: Oct 7, 9:30 AM: Bahia Levee Breaching
3 Oct 2008: Governor signs important conservation bills: Bay Area Briefs October 2008.pdf
3 Oct 2008: GOVERNOR SIGNS COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER BILL AB 2537: 10-1-08 Media Release.pdf
28 Sep 2008: The San Francisco Bay Subtidal Habitat Goals Project will establish a comprehensive and long-term vision for research, restoration and management of the subtidal (submerged) habitats of the San Francisco Bay. The Project is a collaborative interagency effort between the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), the California Ocean Protection Council/State Coastal Conservancy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the San Francisco Estuary Project. The Project Objectives are to 1) Identify, document, and describe subtidal habitats, their function and relationships within the San Francisco Bay; 2) Identify, prioritize, and recommend research needs for understanding San Francisco Bay subtidal habitats and the current level and source of impacts to these habitats; and 3) Develop management, research, and restoration goals for subtidal habitats in the San Francisco Bay based on the best available scientific information, including for habitat protection, enhancement, and restoration.
18 Sep 2008: Key Coastal and Biodiversity Notes from CA Climate Change Conference Sep 8-10, 2008. Notes by Abe Doherty, California Ocean Protection Council: CA Climate Change Conference 08 Abe SCC notes.pdf
29 Aug 2008: Federal Duck Stamp News
23 Jul 2008: NEW YOUR WETLANDS PODCAST: Bay Area Special License Plate - Nature Within Reach Amy Hutzel, San Francisco Bay Area Program Manager for the California State Coastal Conservancy, talks about the Bay Area Special License Plate campaign. The Bay Area Special License Plates will be issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles upon receipt of 7,500 paid pledges. The sale of these special plates will benefit the San Francisco Bay Area Conservancy Program which provides funding for conservation, habitat restoration, recreation, and other environmental projects in the nine-county Bay Area. To learn more, visit bayarealicenseplate.org.
23 Jul 2008: The US Army Corps of Engineers public notice indicating the availability of the five template documents: http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/pub/outgoing/co/reg/pn/200500420.pdf. The template documents can be found in PDF form at: http://www.spk.usace.army.mil/organizations/cespk-co/regulatory/banking.html, and as Word documents at: http://www.dfg.ca.gov/habcon/conplan/mitbank/mitbank.html
23 Jul 2008: PRBO Invited to Testify: House Subcommittee Hearing on Decline in Bird Populations: Going, Going, Gone? An Assessment of the Global Decline in Bird Populations: House Committee Hearing.pdf
23 Jul 2008: In July 2008 the House Natural Resources Committee held a hearing on declining birds. Synopsis of the hearing and links to the testimony of the witnesses. Of particular interest is the support for Joint Ventures in the testimony of Dave Erickson from the Missouri Department of Conservation, John Weins from PRBO, and Paul Schmidt. Also of note is the apparent interest of some Committee members in providing explicit legislative authorization for the joint venture program.
23 Jul 2008: SPAWNERS Newsletter August 2008: enewsletterjuly08.pdf
22 Jul 2008: Proposition 50: The Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002. This PSP is on an extremely fast track, with a proposal submittal deadline of July 21, 2008
22 Jul 2008: The John Muir Association is looking for nominees for its John Muir Conservation Award: John Muir Conservation Award Executive Summary 2008.pdf, John Muir Conservation Award Nomination_Form 2008.pdf
22 Jul 2008: U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Committee on Natural Resources Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Oceans Oversight Hearing: Going, Going, Gone? An Assessment of the Global Decline in Bird Populations Testimony July 10, 2008 by John A. Wiens : PRBO Wiens testimony FIN 071108 House Resources Comm.pdf
22 Jul 2008: NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY: DRAFT PROGRAMMATIC ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT ON THE SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA WATER TRAIL PLAN [24 KB PDF]: WTNOA_2008.pdf
22 Jul 2008: San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail EXECUTIVE SUMMARY [120 KB PDF]: ESummary.pdf
22 Jul 2008: The final 2008 Interagency Ecological Program Pelagic Organism Decline Work Plan is now available. The Work Plan, developed by the IEP POD Management Team, describes the 2008 research studies and monitoring to evaluate the decline of pelagic species in the Delta and Suisun Bay. The CALFED Science Program coordinates with the IEP to develop and distribute the workplan updates and fund elements of the POD research program. The final 2008 IEP POD Workplan can be found on the Science Program website at: http://www.science.calwater.ca.gov