A new report by the Center for American Progress and OXFAM America found that investing in coastal restoration can be highly cost effective. Each dollar invested by taxpayers returned more than $15 in net economic benefits across the three restoration projects studied: one was part of the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, an effort by the State Coastal Conservancy and many others to restore 15,100 acres in South San Francisco Bay. The economic benefits include buffering storm surges; safeguarding coastal homes and businesses; sequestering carbon and other pollutants; creating nursery habitat for commercially and recreationally important fish species; and restoring open space and wildlife that support recreation, tourism, and the culture of coastal communities.
The report concludes with recommendations for future action, including:
- Federal, regional, and private-sector entities should increase their investment in coastal ecosystem restoration projects and fund ongoing monitoring of previously restored areas.
- Federal, regional, state, and local coastal planners should give greater weight to natural solutions such as coastal wetlands restoration to protect at-risk developed areas.
For years, Skaggs Island was a tantalizing blank in the map of San Pablo Bay wetlands restoration. Two-thirds of it was owned by the US Navy, which had operated a top- secret listening post there; the rest was privately-owned farmland, where the Haire family grew oat hay. Converting any of the 4,400 acres back to tidal wetland was out of the question, until recently, when key pieces in the North Bay restoration puzzle fell into place, including acquisition of what the Sonoma Land Trust’s Wendy Eliot calls “the Holy Grail.” With the addition of the Haire Ranch in 2013, partially funded by the Coastal Conservancy, restoring Skaggs is no longer a pipe dream. Read this latest story from the March 2014 issue of ESTUARY Newsmagazine: http://www.sfestuary.org/the-island-that-came-in-from-the-cold/
Chloe Jenniches, a student at A.P. Giannini Middle School, won first place in the San Francisco Citywide Science Fair’s seventh grade biological science category with her project “The World is Your Oyster.” Her project hypothesized that a group of native Olympia oysters would affect the biological and chemical contents of the water around them. In addition to producing a time lapse photography component showing the oysters removing algae from a tank, she measured pH, dissolved oxygen, nitrates, temperature and turbidity before and after the experiment, and performed algal cell counts on a microscope slide grid from water samples taken every two hours. (more…)
REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS [February 2014]
The California State Coastal Conservancy (“Conservancy”) anticipates a need for environmental, engineering, architectural, landscape architectural, and construction project management consulting services for Conservancy projects and programs over the next twelve months.
The Conservancy seeks Statements of Qualifications from individuals and firms providing these services. (more…)
Native oyster and eelgrass reefs were constructed in summer 2012 at a site owned by The Nature Conservancy along the San Rafael shoreline in San Francisco Bay. The goal of this exciting new project is to establish healthy habitat for many species, and test innovative new techniques to protect and buffer shorelines in the face of sea level rise and other climate changes.