Panel Recap: BPC Shoreline Restoration and Resiliency Workshop

Through WRA’s involvement in the Bay Planning Coalition’s Sustainable Waterfronts Committee, WRA had the opportunity to participate in the Shoreline Restoration and Resiliency Workshop on April 17, 2018 hosted at the Port of San Francisco Commissioner’s Room in the Ferry Building.

The perfect backdrop to such a workshop, San Francisco Bay is the center of much discussion about how to concentrate project mitigation and restoration efforts in ways that will help shoreline resiliency in the face of sea level rise. WRA’s Leslie Lazarotti moderated a panel on Regional Mitigation Strategies and Recommendations, which included the following panelists:  WRA’s Ken Sanchez; Jeff McCreary, Director of Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited; and Nixon Lam, Manager of Environmental Affairs, San Francisco International Airport. Together, the panelists led the workshop in a discussion on the nuances for different mitigation strategies, such as potential in-lieu fee programs, mitigation/conservation banking, and localized, project-based efforts.

The workshop program also included the current state of permitting for shoreline projects, funding considerations including Measure AA, and a regulatory roundtable. Read the April 2018 BPC newsletter for a full summary. Presentations from the workshop are available here.