Coastal Conservancy Public Meeting in Oakland – March 22

Douglas Bosco (Public Member), Chair
Sara Ramirez Giroux (Public Member)
Ann Notthoff (Public Member)
John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources; Bryan Cash (Designated)
Dayna Bochco, Coastal Commission Chair; Susan Hansch (Designated)
Michael Cohen, Director, Department of Finance; Karen Finn (Designated)

Senate Representatives
Benjamin Allen (District 26)
Anthony Cannella (District 12)
Jerry Hill (District 13)

Assembly Representatives
Mark Stone (District 29)
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (District 80)
Monique Limón (District 37)

Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer
Amy Roach, Chief Counsel

AGENDA

DATE: March 22, 2018
TIME: 10:00 A.M
LOCATION: Elihu M Harris State Building
1515 Clay Street, 2nd Fl. Room #2
Oakland, CA 94612

1. ROLL CALL

2. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES of the Conservancy’s January 18, 2018 public meeting.

3. CONSENT ITEMS

A. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $150,000 for consulting services to assist the Conservancy in maintaining and improving federal financial support for Conservancy projects.

B. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $5,000 to Turtle Island Restoration Network to restore floodplain and riparian coho salmon rearing habitat on a one-mile reach of Lagunitas Creek, Olema, Marin County, and to adopt the Mitigated Negative Declaration and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program for the project.

C. Consideration and possible Conservancy authorization to disburse up to $117,981 to augment the Conservancy’s June 15, 2017 authorization of $540,704 to the City of Arcata to restore floodplain wetlands adjacent to Jacoby Creek in Arcata, Humboldt County for the project.

D. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $46,949 to the Aquatic Science Center to augment the previously authorized marsh migration studies for the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project Regional Strategy in Santa Barbara, Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.

E. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to a total $594,435 to the City of Encinitas to augment the previously authorized grant for dune restoration and monitoring at Cardiff State Beach in the County of San Diego.

F. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $115,000 in BCDC mitigation funding to the East Bay Regional Park District for safety and recreational water accessibility improvements at Point Isabel Regional Shoreline, City of Richmond, and adoption of findings pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.

G. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $190,790 to Earth Island Institute to prepare preliminary design and engineering plans for the removal of five fish passage barriers along Gaviota Creek in Santa Barbara County.

H. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $20,000 to the Friends of the Ballona Wetlands to enhance disturbed uplands and conduct educational programs at the Ballona Wetlands Ecological Reserve in Los Angeles County.

I. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $155,000 to the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to restore coho salmon habitat in Redwood Creek at Muir Woods National Monument, Marin County.

J. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $61,075 to the Smith River Alliance to prepare pre-acquisition studies to protect coastal wetlands and fish and wildlife habitat on the Goodwin Pond Property, Smith River estuary, Del Norte County.

K. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,340,000, of which $1,100,000 will be reimbursed by a $900,000 grant from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and a $200,000 grant from the Santa Clara Valley Water District, for the planning, management, treatment, monitoring, and restoration activities of the San Francisco Estuary Invasive Spartina Project.

4. EXECUTIVE OFFICER REPORT

A. San Francisco Bay Sand Mining Mitigation Funds Update.

B. Legislative Report.

C. Expanding outreach to diverse communities through ethnic media.

NORTH COAST

5. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $478,367 to the Mattole Restoration Council for three planning or habitat restoration projects, including design and permitting for restoring Lower Bear Creek, excavation and restoration of historic channel in the middle slough and planting riparian vegetation, all for the purpose of improving salmonid habitat in the Mattole River estuary, Humboldt County.

6. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,511,462 to The Wildlands Conservancy to implement the Eel River Estuary and Centerville Slough Enhancement Project.

7. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $690,000 to the Humboldt County Resource Conservation District to redesign and prepare for implementation in 2018 and 2019 the final portions of the Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY 

8. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $825,000 to Alameda County Water District to build two fish ladders on lower Alameda Creek that will enable steelhead trout to bypass a weir and two rubber dams and migrate to miles of available spawning and rearing habitat in the Alameda Creek Watershed, and adoption of findings pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.

9. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $381,120 to the Solano Resource Conservation District to increase native upland and wetland habitat and install visitor amenities at Lake Dalwigk Detention Basin in the city of Vallejo, Solano County.

10. Consideration and possible authorization to support design and implementation of the South San Francisco Bay Shoreline Project by: 1) disbursing up to $100,000 for engineering and environmental services; 2) entering into a Project Partnership Agreement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for construction of the Shoreline Project; and 3) disbursing up to $100,000 to fund a trail feasibility study, and adoption of findings pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.

CENTRAL COAST

11. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $1,087,000 to the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County for the Integrated Watershed Restoration Program in San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties, located at sites in coastal watersheds.

12. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $330,000 to the City of Watsonville to prepare plans, designs, environmental analyses, and permit applications for a 1.4-mile long pedestrian and non-motorized vehicle trail parallel to Lee Road, including a bridge across Struve Slough, Watsonville, Santa Cruz County.

13. Consideration and possible authorization to disburse up to $400,000 to the Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo County for acquisition of San Luis Obispo Creek Farms in the lower San Luis Obispo Creek watershed.

14. CLOSED SESSION

A. To confer regarding Ballona Wetlands Land Trust v. California State Coastal Conservancy, Los Angeles County Superior Court, Case No. BS171507. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

B. To confer regarding Lent, et al. v. California Coastal Commission; State Coastal Conservancy, Real Party in Interest, L.A. County Superior Court, Case No. BS167531. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

C. To confer regarding Bordessa v. Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, Sonoma County Superior Court, Case No. SCV-256943. The session will be closed to the public pursuant to Government Code Section 11126(e)(2)(A).

15. CONSERVANCY MEMBER COMMENTS

16. PUBLIC COMMENTS ON NON-AGENDA ITEMS

17. ADJOURNMENT

CONSERVANCY TOUR INFORMATION:

*** NOTE, DUE TO RAIN IN THE FORECAST, THE BOARD TOUR HAS BEEN CANCELLED***

On Wednesday, March 21, the Conservancy will tour the site for the Alameda Creek fish ladders along Alameda Creek Flood Control Channel, meeting at 10 A.M at the intersection of Vallejo Street and Niles Boulevard, Fremont, CA. The tour will include additional stops at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. Members of the public are welcome to join the tour, but must provide their own transportation and remain with the group at all times in order to enter and exit through locked gates. Please note that rain during the three days prior to March 21 may make the Eden Landing portion of the tour inaccessible. For any questions regarding the tour, please contact Brenda Buxton at Brenda.Buxton@scc.ca.gov

Note: Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Conservancy. At any time during the meeting, but prior to the adjournment of the open session of the meeting, the Conservancy may recess or adjourn to closed session to consider personnel matters, prices and terms of real estate transactions, and possible and pending litigation. Session will be closed to the public pursuant to attorney-client privilege and statutory authorization under Government Code Sections 11126(a), (c) (7), and (e).

Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this public meeting should contact Taylor Samuelson no later than five days prior to meeting.

Questions about the meeting or agenda can be directed to Taylor Samuelson at
(510) 286-4182 or Taylor.Samuelson@scc.ca.gov or at the Conservancy:
1550 Clay Street, 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612