San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Implementation Meeting #26 – June 15, 2018

AGENDA

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location

Bay Area Metro Center
375 Beale Street, Ohlone Conference Room
San Francisco, California

Conference Call / Webinar Information:
To participate remotely by telephone, dial 1-877-336-1829; Participant code: 555450#. Please use your mute button when not speaking and do not put us on hold.

For live, online viewing of meeting materials, go to this address: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/651682749

Desired Outcomes of Meeting:

  • Attendees are informed of Water Trail-related activities, progress, and accomplishments.
  • Attendees informed of Resilient by Design planning efforts in the San Pablo Baylands
  • After receiving Advisory Committee guidance, Project Management Team makes consensus-based decisions on four trailhead designations: 1) Jack London Aquatic Center, City of Oakland; 2) Bayfront Park, City of Mill Valley; 3) Pittsburg Marina, City of Pittsburg; and, 4) Riverview Park, City of Pittsburg.

Time – Agenda Items 

*NOTE – trailhead descriptions are linked below.

10:00 – Welcome, Introductions, Agenda Review, and Meeting Ground Rules

10:10 – Updates and Announcements from Water Trail Staff, Project Management Team, and Advisory Committee Members

10:30 – Trailhead Designation Consideration: Jack London Aquatic Center

• Presentation and Site Description review
• Discussion with Advisory Committee
• Public comments
• Advisory Committee consensus guidance to Project Management Team on trailhead designation
• Project Management Team discussion and decision on conditional designation

11:00 – Team Common Ground – Resilient by Design for San Pablo Baylands

• Overview of planning and vision for public access in the Baylands
• Advisory Committee and public questions and discussion

11:25 – BREAK

11:35 – Trailhead Designation Consideration: Pittsburg Marina

• Presentation and Site Description review
• Discussion with Advisory Committee
• Public comments
• Advisory Committee consensus guidance to Project Management Team on trailhead designation
• Project Management Team discussion and decision on conditional designation

12:00 – Trailhead Designation Consideration: Riverview Park

• Presentation and Site Description review
• Discussion with Advisory Committee
• Public comments
• Advisory Committee consensus guidance to Project Management Team on trailhead designation
• Project Management Team discussion and decision on conditional designation

12:25 – Trailhead Designation Consideration: Bayfront Park

• Presentation and Site Description review
• Discussion with Advisory Committee
• Public comments
• Advisory Committee consensus guidance to Project Management Team on trailhead designation
• Project Management Team discussion and decision on conditional designation

12:55 – Public Comments

1:00 – Adjourn

Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Project Management Team; times are approximate.

Questions regarding this meeting may be addressed to Avra Heller, Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, at (510) 286-1212, or avra.heller@scc.ca.gov.

The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact Avra Heller (contact information above) no later than five days prior to the meeting.

Study: California’s Coast Highly Vulnerable To Sea Level Rise But Coastal Habitats Could Still Make It, If We Act

55% of current coastal habitat area in California could be lost to rising seas

San francisco, CA — A new study from The Nature Conservancy and the California State Coastal Conservancy, Conserving California’s Coastal Habitat: A Legacy and a Future with Sea Level Rise finds that most of the total area of California’s coastal habitats, including beaches, marshes, and rocky intertidal areas famous for tide pools, are highly vulnerable to sea level rise. However, the study also provides a roadmap for California on how to take action so there will be as much coastal habitat statewide as there is today, even in the face of sea level rise and other stressors.

 

This study is the first of its kind to assess the sea level rise vulnerability of all coastal habitats along the entire coast of California, including the San Francisco Bay and Delta. Some habitats are more vulnerable than others. For example, beaches at the base of cliffs may be drowned by the ocean, habitats surrounded by developed land may not have the room they need to move inland as sea levels rise. But, with proper planning, other locations that aren’t coastal habitat today could be conserved and adapted to become habitat in the future. The report is also the first to provide scientists and planners a set of strategies to adapt areas up and down the coast so that habitat lost to sea level rise in one location can be reestablished somewhere else.

 

Without taking action, the prognosis is troubling. The study quantifies the vulnerability of 40 different habitat types, finding that 55% of current habitat by total area across the state is highly vulnerable to five feet of sea level rise. That includes 60% of California’s iconic beaches, 58% of rocky intertidal habitat, 58% of marshes, and 55% of tidal flats. In addition, sea level rise will further stress populations of 39 rare, threatened, or endangered species, and 41,000 acres of public conservation lands are projected to be drowned by subtidal waters.

 

“It’s no secret that sea level rise will impact our coastline and coastal habitats, but now we know how much and where,” said Sarah Newkirk, Senior Coastal Project Director at The Nature Conservancy. “Our science shows that if we take purposeful action now, there is reason to think our children and grandchildren could still have California beaches and healthy coastal habitats to enjoy just as we do today.”

 

The study highlights key conservation strategies that would allow California to maintain much of its coastal habitat into the future and maps where these actions might be most usefully deployed, providing on-the ground guidance for regional planners, agencies, land-managers, conservationists, and other stakeholders.

 

These actions include:

  • Maintaining existing protected coastal habitats that are already resilient to sea level rise
  • Protecting resilient coastal habitats that are not yet managed for conservation
  • Helping some vulnerable habitats keep pace with rising water by adding sediments
  • Conserving and adapting some non-habitat areas to habitat as sea level rises
  • Adapting vulnerable human infrastructure like roads and bridges to allow habitats to move inland or natural processes to be maintained

 

Maintaining a healthy coast preserves the services coastal habitats provide for people such as protection from storm surges and rising seas, improved water quality, carbon storage, fisheries and recreation.

 

“For the first time, we have a clear picture of just how vulnerable California’s coastal habitats are to sea level rise,” said Mary Small, Deputy Executive Officer for the State Coastal Conservancy. “Californians treasure our coast, and this report highlights the urgency of implementing forward-looking strategies to protect these precious resources.”

 

Conserving California’s Coastal Habitat is a collaboration between The Nature Conservancy and California State Coastal Conservancy more than two years in the making. It adds to an existing body of California-specific vulnerability analyses, which are often regionally focused and/or mainly consider aspects of human vulnerability. The assessment will be used to guide future work at both The Nature Conservancy and the State Coastal Conservancy to maintain and improve upon California’s legacy of conservation investment along the coast and will provide state agencies and other stakeholders with the science foundation necessary to make the decisions today that protect the values of the coast for tomorrow.

 

The study can be found here: http://coastalresilience.org/coastalassessment

 

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The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

 

The California State Coastal Conservancy is a bond funded State agency established in 1976 to protect and improve natural lands and waterways, help people access and enjoy the outdoors, and sustain local economies along the length of California’s coast and around San Francisco Bay. www.scc.ca.gov

Request for Qualifications for an Independent Study Coordinator- Sand Studies

The California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) is seeking qualifications of potential environmental services contractors to provide technical assistance, facilitation and coordination services to a science-based technical advisory committee to study the physical effects of mining sand on San Francisco Bay and Outer Coast of California.  SCC is releasing this Request for Qualifications to find a qualified contractor to provide these services as an Independent Study Coordinator, as described more fully in the RFQ.

Request for Qualifications 

Standard Contract Terms

Interested applicants should submit a response to this RFQ, by 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday June 6, 2018.

Submittals should be emailed to Marilyn Latta at marilyn.latta@scc.ca.gov, AND mailed hard copy to:

State Coastal Conservancy

Attn: Marilyn Latta, Project Manager

1515 Clay St, 10th Floor

Oakland CA 94612

June 2 is National Trails Day on the California Coastal Trail

Saturday, June 2, 2018, is National Trails Day!  We hope you’ll celebrate the day on the California Coastal Trail.  The CCT has something for everyone, from sandy beaches to windswept bluffs.  It’s a great spot for a hike or a stroll, or just to enjoy the view.

You can find trail information and maps on the Coastwalk page here: http://www.californiacoastaltrail.info/cms/pages/main/index.html  And some great inspiration in the KCET series of short films on trail segments here: https://www.kcet.org/shows/california-coastal-trail

We invite our partners to plan events along the California Coastal Trail for National Trails Day.  The American Hiking Society has compiled resources to help plan and promote events, available here: https://americanhiking.org/national-trails-day/host-information/

You can also register your event with the American Hiking Society so more people can find it!

If you do plan an event, email us on  explorethecoast@scc.ca.gov so we can help spread the word on our social media channels.

And tag #ExploreTheCoast and #NationalTrailsDay to promote and share your adventure!

Have fun on the California Coastal Trail!

Events along the California Coastal Trail for National Trails Day:

San Mateo, Mori Point – Spend the morning brushing overgrown trails at Mori Point with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, home to the endangered San Francisco Garter Snake and California Red-legged frog.  Time: 10 am-1 pm, ages 9 and up are welcome. http://www.parksconservancy.org/events/volunteer-events/special-events/national-trails-day.html

Marin, Tennessee Valley – Come out to Tennessee Valley for a day of hard work maintaining trails and restoring habitat for the endangered Mission Blue butterfly with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Time: 9 am-1 pm, ages 14 and up are welcome. http://www.parksconservancy.org/events/volunteer-events/special-events/national-trails-day.html

Half Moon Bay – Join the Coastside Land Trust at the Seymour Bridge located south of the Poplar Beach parking lot at the west end of Poplar Street in Half Moon Bay. We will introduce you to the Coastal Trail Phase II through Wavecrest to Redondo Beach Road. Contact:  650-726. 5056 yvonne@coastsidelandtrust.org   coastsidelandtrust.org

Imperial Beach – Join the San Diego National Wildlife Refuges in strolling the Bayside Birding & Walking Trail, on San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Funded by the California State Coastal Conservancy and a part of the California Coastal Trail, this trail is a special one to celebrate. Come find out why! While you’re there, check out the new migratory bird mural on the “Flamingo Trail” facing the refuge. Total mileage is 1 mile (1/2-mile down, and 1/2-mile back). Bring binoculars if you have them, and be sure to wear a hat/visor for sun protection. We will provide extra binoculars and spotting scopes. Info: https://www.facebook.com/events/438836693241246/

 

Coastal Conservancy Approves $7.6 million in Grants for Restoration, Protection and Access

Today, the Board of the State Coastal Conservancy approved 20 grants totaling over $7.6 million for restoration, protection and public access projects along the California coast.

“Yet again our Board has shown that public money is a powerful force to catalyze and implement projects that protect habitats, enhance communities’ resilience and create public access to the coast.” said Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer of the Coastal Conservancy. “The funding approved today flows to projects in nearly every coastal county, and these projects will benefit all Californians as well as visitors.”

Included in the approvals were:

  • Authorization to disburse up to $825,000 to Alameda County Water District to build two fish ladders on lower Alameda Creekthat will enable steelhead trout to migrate to miles of available spawning and rearing habitat in the Alameda Creek Watershed.
  • Authorization to disburse up to $1,087,000 to the Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County for the innovative Integrated Watershed Restoration Programto design and permit multiple coastal watershed restoration projects in San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Monterey Counties.
  • Authorization to disburse up to $1,511,462 to The Wildlands Conservancy to implement the Eel River Estuary and Centerville Slough Enhancement Project, which will significantly advance ecosystem restoration and agricultural preservation in the Eel River Delta in Humboldt County.
  • Authorization to disburse up to $381,120 to the Solano Resource Conservation District to enhance wildlife habitat, construct visitor amenities and provide opportunities for students to learn about the local environment at Lake DalwigkDetention Basin in the city of Vallejo, Solano County.
  • Authorization to disburse up to a total $594,435 to the City of Encinitas to fund construction of four acres of beach dunes and a footpath along the dunes, and support a scientific monitoring at Cardiff State Beachin the County of San Diego.

A full list of projects approved today can be found here: http://scc.ca.gov/2018/03/08/coastal-conservancy-public-meeting-in-oakland-march-22/

San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Implementation Meeting #25 – March 9, 2018

AGENDA

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location

Elihu M. Harris State Office Building
1515 Clay Street, 2nd Floor, Room 7
Oakland, California

Conference Call / Webinar Information:
To participate remotely by telephone, dial 1-877-336-1829; Participant code: 555450#. Please use your mute button when not speaking and do not put us on hold.

For live, online viewing of meeting materials, go to this address: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/775038877

Desired Outcomes of Meeting:

  • Attendees are informed of Water Trail-related activities, progress, and accomplishments.
  • Attendees informed of and provide input on draft Water Trail Strategic Plan.
  • Attendees informed of planning efforts in Suisun Marsh
  • Attendees informed of California Outdoor Engagement Coalition
  • After receiving Advisory Committee guidance, Project Management Team makes consensus-based decisions on one trailhead designation: Doolittle Boat Launch.

Time – Agenda Items

10:00 – Welcome, Introductions, Agenda Review, and Meeting Ground Rules

10:10 – Updates and Announcements from Water Trail Staff, Project Management Team, and Advisory Committee Members

10:30 – East Bay Regional Park District Water Trail Implementation Plan Review

• Progress in implementation
• Approach and lessons-learned for Strategic Plan
• Advisory Committee and public questions and discussion

10:45 – Water Trail 5-Year Strategic Implementation Plan Presentation

• Overview
• Advisory Committee and public questions and discussion

11:00 – Suisun Marsh Restoration and Access Planning

• Overview of projects and opportunities for public access
• Advisory Committee and public questions and discussion

11:25 – California Outdoor Engagement Coalition

• Overview of program and potential Water Trail involvement
• Advisory Committee and public questions and discussion

11:50 – BREAK

12:00 – Trailhead Designation Consideration: Doolittle Boat Launch

• Presentation and Site Description review
• Discussion with Advisory Committee
• Public comments
• Advisory Committee consensus guidance to Project Management Team on trailhead designation
• Project Management Team discussion and decision on conditional designation

12:55 – Public Comments

1:00 – Adjourn

Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Project Management Team; times are approximate.

Questions regarding this meeting may be addressed to Avra Heller, Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, at (510) 286-1212, or avra.heller@scc.ca.gov.

The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact Avra Heller (contact information above) no later than five days prior to the meeting.

Request for Partnership Proposals/Letters of Interest for the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program

The California State Coastal Conservancy (Conservancy) seeks partners for joint applications for coastal wetlands acquisition and/or restoration projects on the California coast or in San Francisco Bay to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 round of the US Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) National Coastal Wetlands Conservation (NCWC) Grant Program. Only designated state agencies, including the Conservancy, are eligible to apply for NCWC grants. However, the Conservancy can work in partnership with state and local agencies, tribes, and certain non-profits to develop and submit NCWC proposals. The Conservancy can pass through NCWC grant funds to its partners to implement projects. While federal agencies can’t receive NCWC grant funds, NCWC-funded projects can be implemented on federal lands.

If your project is selected, the Conservancy will work with you to prepare a NCWC grant proposal, which may or may not be awarded funding by the USFWS. The Conservancy will not award state funding grants directly through this solicitation. The USFWS selects proposals for award through a merit-based, national competitive review process. The deadline to submit NCWC proposals to the USFWS for FY 2019 has not been set, but is expected to be in mid- to late June 2018. If projects are awarded a NCWC grant, funding will be available for implementation as early as Spring 2019. USFWS will need to meet its project-related environmental compliance requirements before making funding available. A full description of the NCWC program can be found here: https://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants/

NCWC provides grants of up to $1,000,000 for the protection and/or restoration of coastal wetlands. Grants are for project implementation, although it is permissible to utilize a small amount (~15%) of the grant for biological surveys or monitoring, planning and permitting if those activities are closely tied to implementation. Projects should be ready for implementation in Summer 2019 or 2020. Projects will be more competitive if the project area is primarily made up of jurisdictional wetlands. The NCWC grant program requires a non-federal match of at least 25% of the total project cost, consisting of either cash or in-kind contributions, and additional points are awarded for match of up to 33% of the total project cost. The Conservancy may be able to provide some or all of the required match, but project partners with their own match will increase the Conservancy’s capacity to carry out more projects. The NCWC program also prioritizes projects that involve multiple partners providing a cash or in-kind contribution. All projects must ensure long-term (at least 20 years) conservation of coastal resources.

Eligible Activities include:

1. Acquisition of a real property interest (e.g., conservation easement or fee title) in coastal lands or waters (coastal wetlands ecosystems) from willing sellers or partners for long-term conservation;

2. Restoration, enhancement, or management of coastal wetlands ecosystems; or

3. A combination of acquisition, restoration, and management.

Ineligible Activities include, but are not limited to:

1. Projects that primarily benefit navigation, irrigation, flood control, or mariculture;

2. Acquisition, restoration, enhancement or management of lands required as the result of a regulatory or decision-making process to mitigate habitat losses;

3. Creation of wetlands where wetlands did not previously exist;

4. Enforcement of fish and wildlife laws and regulations, except when necessary for the accomplishment of approved project purposes;

5. Research;

6. Planning as a primary project focus;

7. Operations and maintenance, including long-term invasive species management;

8. Acquisition and/or restoration of upper portions of watersheds where benefits to the coastal wetlands ecosystem are not significant and direct; and

9. Projects providing less than 20 years of conservation benefits.

More information about NCWC grants, including the FY 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity, is available here: https://www.fws.gov/coastal/CoastalGrants/ Note that the FY 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity for the NCWC program has not yet been released.

Letter of Interest Submittal: To indicate your interest in partnering with the Conservancy on a NCWC proposal, please submit a brief (~2-4 page) letter of interest via email to joel.gerwein@scc.ca.gov. The letter should include the following information: 1) 1-2 sentence summary of proposed project, 2) description of the need for the project, 3) description of the proposed project and how it addresses the need, 4) estimated project cost and description of potential match, 5) approximate timeline for project implementation (include information of the status of project design and environmental review for restoration projects), 6) indicate whether you have a willing seller for acquisition projects, and 7) list of potential project partners and their roles in the project. Include a map showing the project area and providing the approximate acreage of the project area and acreage of coastal wetlands within the project area. Letters of Interest must be received by 5 PM PST on February 14th, 2018.

Eligible Applicants: Non-federal public agencies, tribes, and certain nonprofit organizations are eligible for funding. To be eligible, a nonprofit organization must qualify under the provisions of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and its articles of incorporation must demonstrate that the organization’s purposes are consistent with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, the Coastal Conservancy’s enabling legislation.

Questions: Questions about the application process and potential projects may be directed to Joel Gerwein, External Grants Manager, 510-286-4170, Joel.Gerwein@scc.ca.gov

Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in Coastal California

New Case Studies show potential of nature-based infrastructure to mitigate sea level rise.

Sea level rise and associated flooding will threaten nearly $100 billion worth of property along the California coast by 2100, and there is no question that coastal landowners and planners will act to protect their assets from these losses. In the absence of compelling reasons or guidance to do otherwise, they will overwhelmingly default to the industry standard – specifically, the construction of coastal armoring (seawalls, revetments, dikes, and levees).

Dunes at Surfers Point

One alternative to coastal armoring is natural infrastructure, which has been shown to be a cost-effective approach to mitigating risk of floods, storms and sea level rise in many places. Natural infrastructure enhances the ability of natural systems to respond to sea level rise and migrate landward, ensuring their survival. In turn, these systems provide co-benefits for coastal communities: coastal ecosystems can serve as protective buffers against sea level rise and storm events while continuing to provide access, recreation opportunities, and other social benefits.

In spite of the well-known advantages of natural infrastructure, property owners continue to default to coastal armoring to protect their assets. There are a number of obstacles in deploying natural infrastructure that result in this preference for coastal armoring, but among them is a documented lack of familiarity with what natural infrastructure is and how it works.

Ironically, California already has numerous examples of natural infrastructure at work! In order to fill this awareness gap, a team of experts from The Nature Conservancy, Point Blue Conservation Science, Environmental Science Associates, the State Coastal Conservancy, and the NOAA Sentinel Site Cooperative have released a report with detailed case studies of coastal natural infrastructure in action. These projects, ranging from sediment augmentation in Seal Beach to dune restoration in Humboldt, are designed to give coastal managers a sense of the breadth of approaches to coastal adaptation and what it takes to plan, permit, implement, and monitor them.

Five projects that spanned the California coast and represented different coastal settings and corresponding approaches were selected for the purposes of this report:

  • Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Thin-layer Salt Marsh Sediment Augmentation Pilot Project
  • Surfers’ Point Managed Shoreline Retreat Project
  • San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines: Nearshore Linkages Project
  • Hamilton Wetland Restoration Project
  • Humboldt Coastal Dune Vulnerability and Adaptation Climate Ready Project

The case studies investigation was conducted as a component of “Identification of Natural Infrastructure Options for Adapting to Sea Level Rise,” a project under California’s Fourth Climate Assessment.

Read the full report: Case Studies of Natural Shoreline Infrastructure in Coastal California

 

San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail Implementation Meeting #24 – December 1, 2017

AGENDA

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

 

Location 

Association of Bay Area Governments
375 Beale Street, Ohlone Conference Room, 1st Floor
San Francisco, California

Conference Call / Webinar Information:
To participate remotely by telephone, dial 1-877-336-1829; Participant code: 555450#. Please use your mute button when not speaking and do not put us on hold.

For live, online viewing of meeting materials, go to this address: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/662319589

 

Desired Outcomes of Meeting:

  • Attendees are informed of Water Trail-related activities, progress, and accomplishments.
  • Attendees informed of Canoemobile and SEED SF collaboration
  • Attendees provide input on draft Water Trail Strategic Implementation Plan.

 

Time – Agenda Items

10:00 – Welcome, Introductions, Agenda Review, and Meeting Ground Rules

10:10 – Updates and Announcements from Water Trail Staff, Project Management Team, and Advisory Committee Members

10:25 – Canoemobile / SEED SF Presentation

  • Overview
  • Advisory Committee and public questions and discussion

10:45 – Water Trail 5-Year Strategic Implementation Plan Presentation

11:00 – Break

11:10 – Water Trail 5-Year Strategic Plan Discussion and Brainstorming Session

  • Participatory process will be explained during the meeting

12:35 – Prioritization of objectives and concerns exercise

12:45 – Discussion and Public Comments

1:00 – Adjourn

 

Agenda items may be taken out of sequence at the discretion of the Project Management Team; times are approximate.

Questions regarding this meeting may be addressed to Avra Heller, Coastal Conservancy Project Manager, at (510) 286-1212, or avra.heller@scc.ca.gov.

The meeting room is wheelchair accessible. Any person who has a disability and requires reasonable accommodation to participate in this meeting should contact Avra Heller (contact information above) no later than five days prior to the meeting.

Advancing Nature-Based Adaptation Solutions in Marin County Grant Due Date Extended to November 15

Please note that in light of the fires in the North Bay we’ve extended the Advancing Nature-Based Adaptation Solutions in Marin County due date by two weeks. MCF grant applications will now be due Nov 15.

RFP for this grant can be found at this link.

The Advancing Nature-Based Adaptation Solutions grant program seeks to support planning, design, permitting, implementation, education, and/or community-based restoration activities to address the risks and impacts of climate change and sea level rise; and to further advance nature-based adaptation solutions to protect and enhance the Marin County bay shoreline and outer coast. These funds can be used to support the following types of projects:

  • Small to moderate size, high-priority restoration projects located within Marin County that advance regional coastal and baylands ecosystem habitat goals, particularly ‘living shoreline’ concepts, including restoring native oyster and eelgrass habitats, sand beaches and dunes, tidal marshes, and other shoreline habitats;
  • Education and engagement of the public, especially underserved youth and communities more directly impacted by sea level rise, in restoration efforts, where possible;
  • Capacity building among critical partners in order to translate scientific data and analysis into practical solutions for broader implementation.