BARC Governing Board approves California State Coastal Conservancy as new non-voting member

At their November 16, 2018 meeting, The BARC Governing Board approved the addition of California State Coastal Conservancy (“SCC”) Executive Officer Sam Schuchat as a new non-voting member. This decision will go into effect at the BARC Governing Board's next meeting on February 15, 2019. The recommendation to include SCC as a new member of the Governing Board, and the unanimous vote that followed, is in recognition of the valuable partnership BARC has forged with the State Coastal Conservancy in meeting critical Bay Area goals in adapting to climate change and fostering more resilient communities, infrastructure and natural systems across the Bay.

Working with BARC,  the SCC served on the Executive Committee of the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge and provided essential resources to support the effort, while also dedicating staff to provide technical assistance to the design teams working in nine different vulnerable shoreline communities across the Bay Area. Additionally, SCC leadership and staff have served a critical technical resource and sounding board on a range of BARC projects including:

  • Serving on Project Management Team for the SB1 Adaptation Planning Grant project
  • Development of the Raising the Bar on Regional Resilience Report
  • Participation in monthly BARC cross-agency meetings where staff are able to share updates and exchange information about climate adaptation work underway across the region and highlight upcoming opportunities.

The SCC helps staff the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (BRA) responsible for distributing the annual $25 million in Measure AA funds to support wetland restoration. Additionally, the SCC has been a driving force behind the establishment of the Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team (BRRIT) which has the goal of improving the permitting process for multi-benefit wetland restoration projects and associated flood management and public access infrastructure in San Francisco Bay by dedicating agency representatives to review project information and permit applications as a team in the most efficient manner.

The SCC is an exciting new addition to the BARC Governing Board and a positive sign of continued coordination among key regional and state agencies working together to solve regional challenges.