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December 2017
Wishing everyone a wonderful holiday season and a prosperous 2018!

In This Month's Newsletter
• Policy Updates
• 2017 Annual Meeting & Luncheon
• Updates from the December Board Meeting
• Committee Updates
• Out and About with BPC
• Featured Member: Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP 
• Interview with DWR Director Grant Davis
• Upcoming BPC Events and Meetings

Policy Updates
• BPC Provides Comment on Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan
On December 14, BPC staff attended the Port of Oakland (the Port) Board of Commissioners Meeting and provided comment on the Port's efforts to update their Maritime Air Quality Improvement Plan (MAQIP), a comprehensive plan designed to reduce port emissions and mitigate impacts on local air quality. 
BPC recognizes that the Port has taken tremendous strides in reducing emissions of Diesel Particulate Matter and greenhouse gases thus far, and believes that the Port has well demonstrated its commitment to improving air quality. BPC fully supports the Port's ongoing efforts pertaining to the MAQIP, and commends the plan's dual focus on protecting local public health and gearing up against climate change. We look forward to offering additional support during the planning process to promote feasible, cost-effective, and sustainable solutions.
Click here to learn more about the MAQIP.
• BPC Continues Advocacy Around Limited Richmond Outer Harbor Dredging Schedule
As we reported in our November Newsletter, Douglas W. Lamont, the Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) recently provided a response to a letter sent in September by Rep. Mark DeSaulnier and Rep. Mike Thompson regarding the limited dredging schedule of the Richmond Outer Harbor and the Pinole Shoal that was announced by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) last year. Since then, BPC has continued our dialogue with stakeholders on all sides of the issue, and we hope to be able to announce additional developments soon. One way we have engaged with this issue in December is by attending the December 13 meeting of the Dredged Material Management Office ("DMMO"), where dredging of the Richmond Outer Harbor was an agenda item. Discussion at that meeting did not relate directly to addressing the topic of the limited dredging schedule, but provided some helpful information that we can use in our advocacy moving forward. 
• BPC Prepares to Address BCDC Regarding Our Updated Strategic Plan
Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) Executive Director Larry Goldzband has invited BPC CEO John Coleman to make a special presentation at BCDC's January 4 commission meeting regarding the strategic planning goals developed at BPC's Strategic Planning Retreat in Monterey in early November. A key part of the presentation will be sharing the two updated strategic goals for BPC that will guide our work over the next few years:
  1. Effect signifcant change in dredging regulation and financial policy to promote resilient shorelines, restored habitats and navigable waterways
  2. Be recognized as a credible voice to promote reasonable air quality policy development. 
Watch for a recap of the meeting in our January newsletter.

2017 Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Anju Wicke receives the Oustanding Member Award
State Controller Betty T. Yee provides keynote remarks
Board Officer Amy Breckenridge receives plaque in recognition of her years of service to BPC
Once again drawing a sold out crowd, BPC held its 2017 Annual Meeting & Luncheon on December 8th at the dazzling City Club of San Francisco, a new venue for this popular and festive event.
A key highlight of the event included remarks by State Controller Betty T. Yee, who provided an optimistic, yet cautious, economic outlook for California, including praise for the role that BPC and our region has played in the state's economic growth in recent years.
BPC was pleased announce the recipient of its 2017 Outstanding Member Award: Anju Wicke. A Board member and chair of BPC's Organizational Development Committee, Anju played an integral role in planning and executing this year's successful Strategic Planning Retreat. Congratulations, Anju!
In the same round of presentations, BPC bestowed outgoing Board Member and current Board Secretary,  Amy Breckenridge of ERM,with a plaque in recognition of her years of dedicated service to our organization. We are going to miss having Amy on the Board, but are glad that she plans to remain engaged with our work. Regardless, we wish her the best of luck on the road ahead!
Thank you to all of the event's sponsors and attendees for making this celebration possible. We look forward to working with all of you in 2018!
Click here to view the generous sponsors of the 2017 Annual Meeting & Luncheon.

Updates from the December Board Meeting
BPC's Board of Directors met at Marsh & McLennan Companies' San Francisco office on the morning of December 8, just before our Annual Meeting & Luncheon. Thank you to Board member Brian Cooney with Marsh for arranging it so that our meeting could be held in such a wonderful location.
Highlights from the meeting include:
  • Approval of the 2018 budget. Key updates being made to the budget include creating a full-time Policy Associate position for current part-time BPC employee Roman Berenshteyn; hiring a new part-time administrative employee; and increased financial goals for new memberships and events. A modest dues increase - the first in several years - was also approved as part of the new budget.
  • Approval of several board changes. Amy Breckenridge has announced that she is leaving her role of Board Secretary and the Board of Directors in general. Jill Quillin was approved to replace her as ERM's representative to the board. Also, Jaclyn Gnusti was approved to take place of Anju Wicke as Anchor QEA's representative on the board and was also elected to serve as Board Secretary starting January 1. Anju will be staying on the board in her new capacity as an independent consultant.
  • Review of the outcomes of the Strategic Planning Retreat. The Organizational Development Committee gave an overview of the retreat and the strategic goals and other planning that was developed there. Much of this planning will be reflected in BPC's 2018-2020 Work Plan, which will be released in the spring and shared in this space and elsewhere.
Please let us know if you would like any additional information about any of these items. The next Board of Directors meeting will be Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Port of Oakland.
Click here to view the agenda for the December meeting.

Committee Updates
• Save the Date! California Boating Congress February 2018
Through the Marinas & Boatyards Committee, BPC is proud to co-host the 2018 California Boating Congress (CBC) in 2018. This annual event will be held on February 28 in Sacramento. Join the marine industry and boating community to help chart the future of boating policy in California. Hear from industry experts and regulators on important issues affecting this important part of California's economy and culture, as well as meet with key legislators at the Capitol.
Click here to learn more and register.
• Last Chance! Take BPC's Workforce Development Survey
As the voice of industry in the Bay Area, BPC recognizes the importance of keeping a thriving and growing workforce to maintain the region's quality of life and economic vitality. How can BPC best assist its members in addressing the region's workforce-related challenges? Click here to tell us in a quick survey!
Now Available: BPC White Paper on Regulatory Efficiency for Restoration/Resiliency Projects in the Bay Area
BPC is excited to announce the release of its latest white paper, Shoreline Restoration/Resiliency Projects in SF Bay: An Opportunity for Improving Regulatory Efficiency. This paper was developed by the Sustainable Waterfronts Committee and led by primary authors Gary Oates and Priya Finnemore of ESA (Environmental Science Associates). Recognizing the need for a more expeditious, yet effective, permitting process for integrated restoration/resiliency projects for our Bay shorelines, this paper looks at the current state of permitting in the region, as well as others, and lays out a number of recommendations for improving regulatory efficiency.
Click here to read the full white paper.

Out and About with BPC
• BPC Attends Its First California Clean Boating Network Meeting
Policy Associate Betty Kwan attended the Northern California & Sacramento-San Joaquin California Clean Boating Network's (CCBN) annual meeting on December 6 at the Vallejo Yacht Club. The Network is a partnership between the Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and the California Coastal Commission (Coastal Commission). Betty and other attendees heard about hot topics currently affecting the maritime and recreational boating community, including pumpouts, the California Boater Card (going into effect January 1st), and the Surrendered and Abandoned Vessel Exchange (SAVE) Program, from key staff at DBW and the San Francisco Estuary Partnership (SFEP). SAVE was recently awarded an additional $1 million from SB1 to assist agencies negatively affected by the unusually wet weather this past winter and spring. One highlight from the meeting included the launch of Pumpout Nav, a mobile application that allows boaters to access up-to-date information on pumpout stations, report issues, and find information on clean boating.
Click here to learn more about the CCBN.
• BPC Participates in San Francisco Bay Resilience Assessment Workshop
BPC staff attended the San Francisco Bay Resilience Assement Workshop, held in San Francisco on December 14. Participants were asked to help identify local fish and wildlife priorities and important resilience project locations in the San Francisco Bay Area watershed. Part of this effort, led by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), is to create contiguous and standardized datasets for U.S coastlines and eight targeted watersheds to support coastal resilience assessment and planning. This particular assessment for San Francisco Bay will identify areas for restoration and other projects that achieve maximum benefit for human community resilience, fish and wildlife populations, and their habitats.
Do you have a good resilience project in mind or data on key fish and wildlife species? Contact Sam Veloz at Point Blue Conservation Science to learn how you can contribute to the assessment.
• BPC Attends Future of Freight Roundtable
On Monday, December 11, BPC staff attended a Future of Freight Roundtable hosted by the Alameda County Transportation Commission and Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The event featured panel presentations from leading experts at those agencies as well as from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, the Port of Oakland, and other stakeholder organizations. The panelists offered insight as to how recent and pending policy (e.g. Regional Measure 3) may impact regional movement of goods. Much of the discussion also emphasized the rapid growth of San Joaquin Valley and its significance from a statewide economic perspective, and stressed that California will have to invest more in infrastructure to facilitate the movement of goods between the Bay Area and the San Joaquin Valley.

Featured Member: Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP
Since formation of the Bay Planning Coalition in 1982 in fact, during its formation – the lawyers of Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP have played outsized roles in the Coalition and its activities. John Briscoe joined with a band of Bay Area business and civic leaders, among them Charlie Roberts, Frank Boerger, Angelo Syracusa, and Bill Dutra, to found the Coalition. Briscoe served on the board for 29 years, twice as its president. David Ivester, who chaired several committees during those years, now serves on the board, and is its immediate past-president.
The lawyers of Briscoe Ivester & Bazel have represented the Coalition in administrative and judicial proceedings on issues crucial to Coalition members, successfully challenging, for instance, the Regional Water Quality Control Board’s inclusion of underground regulations in its Basin Plan. They have also served as counsel for many Coalition members. Their work has included maritime projects such as the Port of Richmond’s Honda Terminal and Port of Oakland developments, and shoreline and landside projects such as Dublin Ranch, Mare Island, Redwood Shores, Richmond’s Terminal One, Oracle projects and the Golden State Warriors Arena proposed for Piers 30 and 32 in San Francisco.
Briscoe Ivester & Bazel’s lawyers have worked overseas for the United Nations, Kuwait, Ethiopia, South Korea, and the  
sea-level-besieged small island nation of Palau. They regularly represent private and public clients in the environmental review and permitting of projects and enforcement proceedings in federal, state, and local agencies, including the Corps of Engineers, EPA, BCDC, state and regional water boards, State Lands Commission, Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Coastal Commission—and, of course, litigating against those agencies when necessary. | San Francisco Office

Interview with Grant Davis,
Director, California Department of Water Resources
The following is a Q&A between BPC and Director of the California Department of Water Resources, Grant Davis. Before being appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to his current position, Grant served on the BPC Board of Directors on behalf of Sonoma County Water Agency.
What are your top 3 goals for the remainder of the governor's term?
Governor Brown has provided considerable leadership on water in California over the years and prepared us well to better secure our water future. The Department of Water Resources has accomplished so much during his term and we have a few big projects that we will continue to move forward. It's near impossible to pick just three areas of focus since water is so critical to California's success. I could go on and on about flood management, storage, infrastructure, climate change, conveyance and more, but here's an attempt at boiling down three big priorities for the next year.
First and foremost. Obviously, this year, DWR has been intenesely foused on rebuilding the spillways at Lake Oroville. February was a difficult time for the communities surrounding Lake Oroville and the Department is committed to ensuring the safety of those communities going forward. This will continue to be a priority for many years to come - even after we reconstruct the mains pillway and make improvements to the emergency spillway, there is more work to be done at Oroville.
Second. The Sacramento/San Joaquin Delta is the heart of California's water system. We need to upgrade the outdated infrastructure with California WaterFix in the Delta to ensure sustainable, clean and secure water for 25 million Californians. As Bay Planning Coalition knows well, WaterFIx is critical to our state's future both for the Delta ecosystem and water supply statewide. This project alongside California EcoRestore, an effort well underway to restore 30,000 acres in the Delta, is DWR's commitment to supporting the long-term health of the ecosystem, fish and wildlife.
Third, would be implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. This was a truly historic piece of legislation to balance the state's groundwater basins. Over-reliance on groundwater has led to subsidence in much of the state. While we've achieved a lot since the legislation was signed into law in 2014, sustainable groundwater management will need to remain a priority for all future administrations.
What are some of the challenges you face in your new role? Anything that you didn't expect?
California is a big state and water is incredibly complicated - both things I knew before taking this job, but it can be hard to wrap your head around just how much water management impacts the state. The country and the world are paying attention to how we handle our water challenges, especially in the face of climate change. There are many significant challenges ahead of us, and honestly, more of them than anticipated.
In your opinion, how has BPC been of assistance to the Sonoma County Water Agency?
Bay Planning Coalition kept the Water Agency, and me personally as a Board Member, better informed about critical issues. BPC also provided a wonderful opportunity and platform to discuss and pilot emerging approaches to better resource stewardsip. I thoroughly enjoyed my affiliation with BPC over the years and look forward continuing to work together in the future on the many compelling issues in the region.
How can BPC be more active in state issues?
[BPC CEO] John [Coleman] and the BPC Board are already very effective at the statewide level. I would encourage BPC to continue convening the conferences and hosting the many timely briefings for decision makers.
What is the status of the Oroville Dam repairs?
I'm happy to say DWR met our goal of reconstruction of the main spillway at Oroville Dam by November 1 to handle flows of 100,000 cubic feet per second. It was an aggressive goal and it took hundreds of thousands of hours from DWR and Kiewit staff to get the job done. November 1 was just a milestone we have a lot more work to do and will continue working through the winter as weather permits. Work on both the main spillway and emergency spillway will ramp back up in the spring and we're targeting January 2019 to complete all work on both spillways.
What is the status of the California WaterFix?
WaterFix has passed several key milestones over the past year. The work to advance this critical project will continue this year and next. So far, all but one public water agency that has taken up a board vote has voted to participate in WaterFix. The state is currently working with those water agencies to decide whether any changes to the project may be needed to optimize the project. DWR and the Bureau of Reclamation continue to pursue a permit from the State Water Resources Control Board. Phase one of the proceedings began in summer of 2016 and phase two will begin in January of 2018.

Upcoming BPC Events and CMeetings
SAVE THE DATE!: Marinas & Boatyards Expert Briefing
Wednesday, March 21, 11:00 am - 1:30 pm
Brickyard Cove Marina, Point Richmond
Leadership Meetings
Board of Directors
Wednesday, February 21, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Port of Oakland

Executive Committee
Wednesday, January 17, 8:30 am - 10:00 am
Wednesday, March 14, 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Committee Meetings
Dredging & Beneficial Reuse

Thursday, February 8, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Thursday, January 4, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Thursday, March 8, 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Marinas & Boatyards
Thursday, January 11, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Membership Committee
Thursday, January 25, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Friday, March 23, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Organizational Development
Wednesday, January 17, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Resources & Infrastructure
Wednesday, February 7, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Sustainable Waterfronts
Thursday, January 25, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesday, March 28, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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