The Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Update has finally been released!
Excerpt from press release:
"In a report released today, over 200 scientists and government officials propose a new approach to manage the challenge of sea level rise in San Francisco Bay: Work with nature, rather than against it, to protect homes, businesses and shoreline communities from sea level rise, extreme storms and flooding.
The report: The Baylands and Climate Change: What We Can Do, presents the latest science and new findings on the health and future of the bay’s shore. It assesses the biggest threats and suggests a science-based roadmap to protect our communities with more resilient shorelines."
Because sediment is managed in a piecemeal, multi-jurisdictional way, the goal was to take initial steps to identify key areas of overlapping management need and gaps in knowledge that could benefit the region as a whole. We had over 40 participants, with a mix of representation from the science, management, regulatory, consulting, and non-profit sectors and expertise spanning sediment transport, hydrology, geomorphology, wetland management, shoreline management, dredging management, and coastal engineering, among others. Issues and knowledge gaps related to sea level rise and where/how to assist marsh accretion, particularly in light of an overall reduction in sediment supply to the Bay, were a key focus of much of the discussion. Maya Hayden, the SF Cooperative Coordinator, partnered with the Sediment Management Team to help plan and facilitate the workshop, and will be assisting with drafting/refining of components of the research strategy. Other Cooperative members provided feedback and facilitation expertise to help craft the workshop process, and/or were direct participants in the workshop itself. Management needs and prioritized research strategies identified during the workshop and further developed with partners will feed into BCDC's long-term sediment management planning process and will facilitate the targeting of research and monitoring needed for the region.
Oct 3-6 American Planning Association, California Conference – Oakland
Oct 7 San Mateo County sea level rise vulnerability project: Policy Advisory Group meeting – Foster City
Oct 13-14 BCDC's Sediment Workshop (contact Heather Perry, BCDC)
Oct 16 North-central California Coast and Ocean Climate-Smart Adaptation working group meeting – Oakland
Oct 22 2015 Science Symposium for the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project – Mountain View
Nov 2-3 Southwest Climate Summit – Sacramento
Nov 12 San Francisco Bay Regional CHARG Stakeholders' Workshop: Sea Level Rise
Nov 8-12 CERF 2015 (Coastal and Estuarine Research Federation) – Portland, Oregon