Bay Planning Coalition May Newsletter
May Newsletter from the Bay Planning CoalitionAhoy Members and Friends,This Bay Planning Coalition May Newsletter is a wrap-up of the Decision Makers Conference May 3 and a look ahead upcoming activities. I spotted seven council members in attendance - a fine turnout! Of special note, Roger Bazeley seemed to be everywhere with his camera shooting snapshots throughout the day. Sebron Flenangh was on the Coalition's volunteer team doing assorted tasks throughout the day as well. Our ship's bell was used on occasion to call attention ~ see it on the podium with Congressman Eric Swalwell. Note the council is listed as a conference sponsor. Note the upcoming Coalition events.Let me know if you want Roger's photographs, I can forward his messages full of them on.I saw Sebron again at California Maritime Academy's commencement day May 11. He received his master's degree - proud occasion. BRAVO ZULU Sebron. I was there for the Awards and Commissioning ceremony that morning - presented one of the awards - more later.I was aboard the JEREMIAH O'BRIEN Saturday for the "Greatest Generation" cruise May 18. Wreath lei placed upon the water in memory of the nation's departed seafarers. Two photographs at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151490484028337.1073741826.159519498336&type=1.Right now I am preparing for the National Maritime Day activity here in Sacramento. The other one is at Alameda Point. Both at 1100. See http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PMMC-NLUS/message/1333. Hope you can attend - reservations not necessary. Sure hope the Presidential Proclamation is promulgated soon!Do you have our luncheon aboard the O'BRIEN 1100 Tuesday, June 11, on your calendar? We will need reservations so we can plan for the catered meal, $20. This time, send no $$$; we will collect it once you are on board. Plan to stay for a short business meeting upon conclusion of the luncheon.I have already made my reservations for the National Convention in Long Beach, June 19 - 23. FuturePorts,, is having a major Southern California gathering on the 19th as well - more on that in a future message.If you have any questions about the Navy League and our council, don't hesitate to telephone.Heave Ho,Phelps
In just a few weeks, BPC will hold the first of four Workshops in the
2013 Workshop Series:
Cap and Trade: How it Works, and How to Make it Work for Business
Featuring two panels:
The Legal, Scientific and Regulatory Perspective
The Economic Impacts
Plus: An opening address by John Gioia, member of the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, Bay Area Joint Policy Committee, and San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and recent appointee to the
California Air Resources Board
Among the other distinguished panelists:
Questions to be Addressed:
- Allan Bedwell, URS Corporation
- Jane Luckhardt, Downey Brand
- Tim O'Connor, Environmental Defense Fund
- Cleve Livingston, Briscoe Ivester & Bazel
- Paul Spraycar, EcoPartners
- Dr. John Faust, Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Larea, California League of Food Processors
Visit the Workshop Webpage for info
- How do we expect California's Cap and Trade program to affect business, government and the economy within the next few years?
- How can affected business and industries try to reduce their costs?
- How can regulated business and industries continue to grow while complying with Cap and Trade?
- What is the role of Cap & Trade auction proceeds in improving the health of “Disadvantaged Communities”
- How do we measure success when it comes to Cap and Trade?
- From the regulatory and implementation perspective, is Cap and Trade working as it was intended?
- What challenges and opportunities will be confronted as we move forward in implementing this young, untried and untested system?
- What is the economic impact to households and unregulated businesses?
We thank our Workshop Sponsors for their generous support!
Don't miss any of BPC's 2013 Workshops!
June 6, 2013 Workshop #1: Cap and Trade: How it Works, and How to Make it Work for Business
September 12, 2013 Workshop #2: Energy and Water Nexus Summit II
October 11, 2013 Workshop #3: Ocean Planning: How Will it Affect the Maritime Industry?
November 15, 2013 Workshop #4 Dredging and the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project: Who Pays for Beneficial Reuse?
Have you considered becoming a series sponsor?
Sponsorship includes multiple free tickets to all of the workshops, logo placement on all workshop websites, emails, print materials and collateral, and great exposure for your organization!
Every month, BPC highlights one of our members, to help spread the word about the works and
interests of our diverse membership base. This month:WRA, Inc. provides professional consulting services in plant, wildlife, and wetland ecology,
GIS, CEQA/NEPA and landscape architecture. Formed in 1981, WRA is a certified small
business headquartered in San Rafael that has worked throughout California. We have
completed over 2,000 projects with a wide range of experience in a variety of
region-specific habitats. Our award-winning projects have been recognized by the
American Society of Civil Engineering, Association of Environmental Professionals,
California Water Environment Association, and American Society of Landscape Architects.
“WRA has had the privilege of working on many important projects around the Bay. Our
clients want to do the right thing for the environment, so we help them work with
regulators to ensure optimal project and environmental outcomes,” says Tom Fraser,
President of WRA. “With humble beginnings as a small restoration company, WRA has
grown into a full-service environmental consulting firm. What hasn’t changed is our
commitment to and passion for our work.”
WRA is experienced in the application of federal/state wetland and endangered species
regulations. Our clients have land, water, and species impacts that require careful planning
and permitting. We have worked in wetland, marsh, marine, riparian and upland
ecosystems. Our biologists routinely conduct a broad range of plant and wildlife habitat
evaluations, habitat/species monitoring and wetland and riparian studies. The firm
provides evaluation, planning, implementation, and monitoring of wetlands and
endangered species habitat restoration and mitigation projects.
Enhanced Marine-Based Project Services
WRA’s recent partnership with Environmental Data Solutions (EDS) accommodates clients
with bay impacts looking for a more integrated service solution. EDS marries
sophisticated environmental data collection and analysis to WRA’s biology and permitting
expertise. Our partnership means that bathymetry, eelgrass and aquatic vegetation
surveys, mitigation solutions, eelgrass restoration, and permitting services can be
provided with a single point of contact and streamlined project management.
Cargill Permitting, Biological, and Restoration Services
For over 30 years, WRA has worked with Cargill on some of their more challenging
bayshore projects. We have assisted with complex jurisdictional wetlands delineation
analyses, permitting, and special status species studies. Services performed: wetlands
delineations, biological studies, permitting, and tidal marsh restoration investigations.
Developed permitting strategy and provided environmental review for biological services
in an area with habitat containing known populations of California clapper rail and salt
marsh harvest mouse. Services provided: permitting advisory, environmental review, and
South Bayside System Authority Force Main Replacement
Developed a permitting strategy and provided environmental review for biological
services in an area with habitat containing known populations of California clapper rail
and salt marsh harvest mouse. Services performed: environmental review and permitting.
Tesoro Amorco Wharf Well Installation
Designed and installed wells (while minimizing installation impacts) within tidal marsh to
determine the source and extent of a MTBE plume. Services performed: biological studies,
permitting, and tidal marsh restoration.
Confidential Client Tidal Wetland Mitigation Bank Feasibility Study (Ongoing)
Evaluated the potential to develop tidal wetland and salt marsh harvest mouse mitigation
to service impacts to Bay Area tidal wetlands. Investigated the suitability of turnkey
mitigation opportunities in addition to bank feasibility. Services performed: feasibility
analysis, mitigation bank consulting, biological assessments, and wetland delineations.
Clipper Yacht Harbor Eelgrass Transplant and Monitoring
Created eelgrass mitigation plan and conducted eelgrass transplant and monitoring to
fulfill mitigation requirements. Eelgrass was transplanted to mitigate for impacts caused
by dredging activities, and the project met success criteria for the mandatory 3-year
monitoring period. Services performed: mitigation and monitoring plan, eelgrass
transplant, and eelgrass surveys.
To learn more about WRA, visit www.wra-ca.com, or contact Liston Witherill at 415.454.8868 x144
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