Grants for Shoreline Restoration in Marin, San Francisco Counties Authorized

Bothin Marsh, Marin

Today, the Governing Board of the Restoration Authority authorized funding for two projects that will improve the health of the Bay shoreline and support community engagement with shoreline restoration

Today, the Governing Board of the Restoration Authority authorized funding for two projects:

  • Evolving Shorelines Project at Bothin Marsh
    $255,000 to Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy to develop a conceptual design into schematic design (35% level of design) to protect, restore, and enhance the Bothin Marsh Open Space Preserve and elevate and realign a one-mile segment of the Bay Trail out of its existing flood prone location. 
  • Candlestick Point Stewardship Project 
    $100,000 to Literacy for Environmental Justice for restoration activities through the Candlestick Point Stewardship Project in the City and County of San Francisco. This project will focus primarily on revegetating approximately 2 acres of upland habitat adjacent to bayland habitats, which is part of the shoreline habitat mosaic. It also includes workforce development training, trash clean-up, monitoring and reporting of destructive activities for a two year period, native plant propagation, and community engagement within the entire project area.

The Candlestick Point Stewardship Project grant was awarded through the Restoration Authority's Community Grants Program, which funds projects that support community engagement with shoreline restoration.  “This is grant will advance the native revegetation of a unique bayside asset,” said Supervisor Dave Pine, Chair of the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority Governing Board. “It will also support efforts to remove trash, train local workers and provide valuable habitat. This investment is a great example of the community grants program that seeks to empower and improve often overlooked communities.”

The Board also heard an update from staff on progress in implementing the recommendations of the Advisory Committee for administering Measure AA in a manner that benefits economically disadvantaged communities.  The Authority has implemented these equity recommendations in four main ways: updating the grant program materials and processes, creating a Community Grants Program, supporting new partnerships, and changing funding policies and approaches to lower barriers to community participation.

Full meeting materials can be found here.