Featured Project ... Featured Partner: State Coastal Conservancy
The role of funding in making projects happen
Our featured project page, updated every 6 weeks or so, is our way of celebrating and acknowledging the work being done by you, our partners, toward our shared wetland restoration goals.
This spring we want to give a shout out to the State Coastal Conservancy (SCC) and acknowledge the vital role this agency has played in both the funding and management of so many Joint Venture projects, including (but not limited to) all of our largest projects currently underway or nearing completion. (photos from some SCC supported projects are included below)
Since 2000, SCC has contributed over 127 million dollars to SF baylands projects, while also managing an additional 40 million dollar grant from the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB), expressly for Bay wetland projects. Projects managed or facilitated by the Conservancy include Hamilton, South Bay Salt Ponds, and Invasive Spartina. In addition, SCC has provided critical funding for Sears Point, Yosemite Slough, Bahia, Napa-Sonoma Marsh, Haire Ranch, Bair Island, Lake Merritt, Breuner Marsh, as well as many other projects.
Invasive Spartina Project
Breuner Marsh in Pt Pinole Regional Shoreline
San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines
Napa Sonoma Marshes Breach
The Conservancy frequently supports many phases of a project – from land acquisition to restoration planning to implementation and monitoring. The Conservancy also undertakes conservation and public access projects throughout the nine-county Bay Area, along California's coast and beyond: their Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project is protecting and restoring the fragments of coastal wetlands left in Southern California for migratory birds and local wildlife.
The Conservancy receives most of its funding from voter-approved bond acts, the last of which passed in 2006 (Prop 84). As these bond funds are now running low, there is also a cloud of concern over future funding for the Conservancy, WCB and other state agencies. While there is activity on a Water Bond for the November 2014 election, this may or may not include funding for the Conservancy and WCB and discussions regarding a Park Bond, perhaps for November 2016 ballot, are only preliminary at this point.
As we face a more uncertain funding future for the vast amount of wetland restoration work still needed, planned and/or underway, we want to recognize the profound support so many in our conservation community have received and benefited from thanks to the State Coastal Conservancy and the many dedicated people who work there! May you continue to be supported by the people and legislature of California. Our ever growing San Francisco Bay Joint Venture community of over 100 organizations knows we could not have made the progress we have toward restoring SF Bay without you! We need you! We value you! And we Thank you!
If you have a SCC story (or gratitude) to share, please visit our facebook page and post your comment there... https://www.facebook.com/sanfranciscobay.jv?ref=hl