The purpose of the Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team (BRRIT) is to improve the permitting process for multi-benefit habitat restoration projects and associated flood management and public access infrastructure in the San Francisco Bay and along the shoreline of the nine Bay Area counties, excluding the Delta Primary Zone.
The BRRIT consists of staff dedicated to this purpose from the six state and federal regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over habitat restoration projects in San Francisco Bay, including:
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps)
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)
- NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries)
- San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB)
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)
- San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) will participate on an ad hoc basis.
In addition, a Policy and Management Committee (PMC), made up of agency managers, has been formed to coordinate with the BRRIT and resolve policy issues that may otherwise delay permit decisions.
For additional information, including pre-application procedures and associated required information, please see the attached document.
- A flow chart of the BRRIT permitting process can be found here.
Eligible Projects for the BRRIT Process
The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (Authority) conducts a call for projects to utilize the BRRIT permitting process approximately every six months. The list was last updated in December of 2019. The next call for projects will be in the Spring of 2020.
To be placed on the BRRIT Project List, a project must be:
- entered into EcoAtlas as “San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (Eligible).” If your project is not yet in EcoAtlas, please use the EcoAtlas Project Tracker tool to add it and Authority staff will determine eligibility.
- ready for pre-application technical assistance or permit application review by the BRRIT.
- Pre-application technical assistance could range from an initial stand-alone meeting with the BRRIT to seek feedback on an initial project idea to the pre-application process described in this document.
- Projects ready for permit application review should have already conducted pre-application technical assistance with BRRIT representatives and addressed any significant issues that would prevent permit approval.
If you have questions about how to get your restoration project included on the Project List for BRRIT review, please email BRRIT@sfbayrestore.org.
The key to successful permitting through the BRRIT is the pre-application process that the BRRIT provides, where applicants can receive early review and project input. The BRRIT representatives work in close coordination to resolve issues identified during the pre-application process prior to the submittal of a permit application. After the pre-application process, the applicants submit permit applications to each individual BRRIT agency, and the applications are subject to review under each individual agency’s laws, policies, regulations, and permitting timelines.
To learn more about the BRRIT pre-application process, click here.
A recording of the May 28, 2019 webinar about how to submit projects to the BRRIT can be found here: https://youtu.be/UBcWVP9qQfM
BRRIT Process and Pre-Application Meetings
The pre-application process allows agencies and project proponents to resolve issues early in project planning and identify additional information needed prior to the permit application process. If you have been informed by the Authority staff that your project is on the Project List, please contact the BRRIT at Valary_Bloom@fws.gov to schedule a pre-application meeting. BRRIT pre-application meetings will generally be held on the first Wednesday of each month (see dates for the next six meetings below).
During the duration of the shelter-in-place orders, the BRRIT continues to welcome pre-application and followup meetings, however, they will be conducted virtually with video conferencing and/or conference phone lines, as opposed to in person at the Waterboard offices in Oakland
While COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders are in effect, project sponsors should contact the current BRRIT Chair at Valary_Bloom@fws.gov instead of using the general BRRIT email address.
- April 8, 2020
- May 6, 2020
- June 3, 2020
- July 1, 2020
- August 5, 2020
- September 2, 2020
Once you are scheduled for a pre-application meeting, please submit a project information package via email to Valary_Bloom@fws.gov by close of business (5:00 PM) two weeks before your scheduled pre-application meeting. The project information package should include the basic details listed below.
- Project name
- The applicant and agent, including contact info
- Project purpose
- Brief project description
- Project location and map, including lat/long
- Brief history of the site
- Description of the surrounding area
- Any alternatives being considered
- Any known controversies about the project
- Proposed mitigation for unavoidable impacts (can be tentative)
- Status of environmental documentation such as CEQA
- Grant funding, timelines, and any specific conditions related to the grant
- Specific concerns or questions for the BRRIT to consider
- Existing permits
- Any studies completed to date
Following the meeting, one BRRIT representative will follow-up with your project lead to provide a synopsis of the comments/feedback that the BRRIT members provided during the meeting. The pre-application process may require follow-up meetings.
Once a permit application is submitted to each individual agency, the applications are subject to review under each individual agency’s laws, policies, regulations, and permitting timelines. For example, agencies may need other agency consultations/approvals, prior to filing a complete application and issuing project permits. If you have any questions about this process, feel free to ask questions during the pre-application meeting or via email at Valary_Bloom@fws.gov.
BRRIT Project Tracker
A tracker of all the projects currently under review by the BRRIT can be found here.
The BRRIT is funded by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, State Coastal Conservancy, Santa Clara Valley Water District, Bay Area Toll Authority, and East Bay Regional Park District. The state and federal regulatory agencies are providing additional in-kind resources, including management participation in the Policy and Management Committee and office space.