What does it mean to restore a wetland?
- management of a project tracking database that gives a comprehensive view of all the wetland restoration projects going on throughout the nine Bay Area counties, generates accomplishment reports and active project maps;
- assistance with various elements of project implementation from our design review program, to project “adoption” to administering a limited amount of SFBJV small grants;
- Featuring partner accomplishments in our newsletter, on our website and in other social media.
Project Tracking and the EcoAtlas
Project Tracker is a data entry tool for uploading and editing information on wetland restoration, and habitat conservation projects throughout California. Once projects are approved for public display by regional managers, they can be viewed and downloaded along with other projects and data layers on EcoAtlas.
The system enables us to generate acreage and funding summaries to help the partnership track and report on progress toward our regional goals. It’s ultimate value is realized through ongoing user input from project managers and others who are doing the work to restore habitats around the Bay and beyond. Is this you?
The system provides the following benefits:
- Detailed information about habitat projects including funding and acreage information;
- Information that can assist with project planning;
- A forum for networking and information sharing;
- GIS functions that give users the ability to view surrounding land uses, features, and projects, perform various queries, map and measure project sites, download data, and generate .jpg maps;
- Interactive, detailed maps of aquatic resources extent.
Active Projects Map
We provide periodic summaries of all our active and/or completed projects to illustrate the breadth and depth of our work. Current maps are posted here when they are available.
Our Conservation Committee reviews and recommends habitat conservation projects for adoption to our management board. Being adopted by the JV provides many benefits, including improved project design, enhanced competitiveness for funding, and increased project visibility. To be adopted by the SFBJV, projects must meet a set of varying criteria based on the project type. These criteria help us prioritize projects and serve as a guideline to help project proposals demonstrate how a project meets our goals and the needs of target species.
- Guidelines for the adoption of tidal and other wetland projects can be found here;
- Criteria for the adoption and support of stock pond habitat protection, restoration and enhancement to benefit wildlife is located here; and
- The adoption and support of subtidal habitat protection, restoration and enhancement criteria is here.
The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority gives priority to projects that are consistent with our Implementation Strategy. People applying for a Measure AA Grant must demonstrate their project is on our list or has consulted with the SFBJV Coordinator prior to applying.
SFBJV Project Support
The SFBJV has limited funding for projects or programs that help to implement our goals or support our annual operational plan. Although there is not a specific maximum or minimum amount, applicants should consider submitting for $5,000 or less.
- Projects that have regional significance. Locally-focused projects will have region-wide implications.
- If the purpose is public outreach, the project or program will reach a wide audience.
- Any habitat projects seeking support will have been previously adopted by the SFBJV.
- Funds will help save or rescue a project or enable a new phase to be completed.
- The proposed project or program has strong partnership support.
- The applicant is a member of the management board or active with one of the SFBJV working committees.
- The funding might leverage larger amounts.
- The SFBJV will consider support for program operations, although it will not do so on an ongoing basis.
Sometimes project managers and their consultants need a little bit of help along the way! We offer free, technical review by regional experts during the concept development, design and/or management stages of a project.
The main goal of the Design Review Program is to improve the outcome of projects around the Bay by providing design recommendations that will result in well-functioning projects both technically and biologically and contribute to the SFBJV habitat goals.