San Francisco Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team (BRRIT)

We are currently soliciting for additional projects to start pre-application consultation with the BRRIT before the end of 2021. You do not need to resubmit if your project is already on the BRRIT priority project list.

Projects listed in EcoAtlas as “San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (Eligible)” may be submitted to be considered for inclusion on the priority project list for BRRIT review by emailing BRRIT@sfbayrestore.org by June 14, 2021.

Please email the name of your project as it appears in EcoAtlas and the general schedule for pre-application technical assistance, permit application review, and anticipated start of construction. Projects must be submitted by the primary project proponent(s). If your project is not yet in EcoAtlas, please use the Project Tracker tool to add it by June 14 and Authority staff will determine eligibility for San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority funds.

 

The Bay Restoration Regulatory Integration Team (BRRIT) was formed 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). Read More...

Who We Are 

The BRRIT consists of staff from the six state and federal regulatory agencies with jurisdiction over habitat restoration projects in San Francisco Bay.

BRRIT Team
Left to right: Tami Schane (California Department of Fish and Wildlife)​, Frances Malamud-Roam (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Anniken Lydon (San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission)​, Valary Bloom (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service),​ Agnes Farres (San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board)​, Alison Weber-Stover (NOAA Fisheries)​. Not shown in photo: Dina Bowlin (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers) and Jennifer Siu (U.S. EPA). 

 

Contact the BRRIT:  BRRIT@waterboards.ca.gov 

 

 

How we're doing so far


The BRRIT is showing promise for improving the permitting process for multi-benefit wetland restoration projects in San Francisco Bay. Since its inception in August 2019, the BRRIT has permitted four projects and is actively engaged with 14 projects in the pre-application phase.

The BRRIT reports to the Restoration Authority Board on activities and progress in meeting performance measures. These performance memos include updates on the budget; work completed by the Policy and Management Committee; BRRIT operations and outreach; and other efforts the BRRIT is engaged in (such as coordinating with the Wetland Regional Monitoring Program and piloting the EPA’s Wetland Type Conversion Framework). The BRRIT provided their first performance memo to the Restoration Authority Board at their May 8, 2020 meeting. The next performance memo, anticipated in the spring of 2021, will be posted here once it’s available.

 

BRRIT Pre-application Survey

The BRRIT is always working to improve and we welcome feedback and suggestions. Please take our pre-application satisfaction survey to provide feedback on the pre-application process and how it can be improved to better serve the restoration community. 

 

News Highlights

Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse by Moose Peterson
Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse by Moose Peterson

KPIX reports on the start of the restoration of Lower Walnut Creek in Contra Costa County. Watch here...

The Bay Area Monitor’s recent edition on facing sea level rise discusses how the BRRIT can accelerate permitting for restoration projects. Read more…

Bay Nature magazine says the passage of Measure AA means jobs, restoration, and flood control and highlights several BRRIT projects. Read more…

 

 

Our Funders

The BRRIT is funded by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, State Coastal Conservancy, Valley Water, 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. 

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