Flooding and Wetlands: What is the Connection?

Screen-Shot-2015-04-22-at-3_46_05-PM-230x300Extreme storm events and sea level rise will have significant impacts on the California Coast and San Francisco Bay Area.  Check out The Water at Bay, an excellent new mini-documentary about flood risk and wetlands restoration in San Francisco Bay, produced by Our Bay on the Brink.  Wetlands and other natural habitats can serve as a buffer between flood waters and communities, reducing the impacts of flooding.  To learn more about the projected economic impacts of a major storm on the Bay Area and recommendations to prepare the region, read Surviving the Storm, a report produced by the Bay Area Council Economic Institute, with project support by the State Coastal Conservancy.

Explore the Coast Grants Available

The Conservancy is offering competitive grants to fund projects that facilitate and enhance the public’s opportunities to “Explore the Coast.” Grant funding comes from the California License Plate Fund and the Coastal Access Account. The Proposal Solicitation is now available and applications are due to the Conservancy on November 6, 2015.

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Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Fort Bragg – October 1,2015


Proposition 1 Proposal Solicitation

The Conservancy is offering competitive grants to fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects using Proposition 1 bond funds. The Proposal Solicitation is now available and applications are due to the Conservancy on September 30, 2015.

The Conservancy has held two webinars for interested applicants. We have posted the powerpoint presentation and a summary of questions (and answers).

San Diego Bay Native Oyster Conceptual Restoration Plan

In May 2015 the Conservancy and its partners completed a conceptual plan to restore native oyster habitat, and create a living shoreline, in San Diego Bay. The Conservancy worked with the San Diego Unified Port District, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program, California State University Fullerton and the Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association to complete the plan. The project partners are currently seeking funds to implement the project as planned, which will investigate approaches for increasing shoreline resilience while also restoring the functions of a native oyster bed.

For a copy of the Plan, click here.

Coastal Conservancy Awards 11 Climate Ready Project Grants

On June 25, 2015, the Coastal Conservancy awarded almost $2 million for 11 competitively selected projects to help California adapt to climate change. The funding came from the third grant round of the Climate Ready program, designed to help California’s coastal and San Francisco Bay Area communities prepare for rising seas, extreme storms, drought, and other effects of a changing climate. (more…)

Draft Wetland and Rice Carbon Protocol Now Available

A methodology for project proponents to financially benefit from reducing greenhouse gas emissions by accessing carbon markets through the conversion of land to wetlands and rice is now available in draft form. This methodology focuses on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, San Francisco Estuary and the coast of California. The Delta Conservancy held an initial stakeholder meeting to receive input from interested parties and the presentation from this meeting is available below. In the coming months, the methodology will be submitted to the American Carbon Registry for consideration.  At this time, there will be further opportunities for public engagement as a part of the review and approval process.

For a copy of the presentation, click here.

For a copy of the draft Protocol, click here.

For answers to FAQs, click here.

Conservancy Meeting Dates 2015

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