Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program
San Francisco Bay Area
Wetlands Regional Monitoring Program

Objectives and Benefits

Restoration Program Mission Statement

The San Francisco Bay Area Wetlands Restoration Program (Restoration Program) is a group of public agencies working to implement wetlands action items in the CCMP and the broad recommendations in the Habitat Goals report. The Program actively assists public and private proponents of Bay Area habitat projects to achieve successful and sustainable results. The Restoration Program includes a multi-agency forum for identifying and addressing conflicting agency policies, provides feedback on habitat project designs to interested project proponents, and fosters the development of a regional wetlands monitoring system.

The San Francisco Bay Area Wetlands Restoration Program Charter of Working Principles

The Wetlands Restortation Program's Executive Council met Tuesday, June 10, 2003. The meeting featured the Council's endorsement of the Charter of Working Principles document, which can be viewed at this link.

Restoration Program Objectives and Benefits

The Restoration Program seeks to support the recovery of Bay Area wetlands, streams, and related habitats through the endeavors of its working groups. The Program accomplishes this through the these actions:

  1. Establish and maintain a forum of top-level local, state, and federal agency administrators to improve interagency communication and coordination and to identify and resolve conflicting agency practices that impede the timely development and authorization of ecologically appropriate habitat projects. This forum increases collaborative interagency communication and coordination and proactively assists in the resolution of conflicting agency practices and policies. It also serves to maintain an administrator-level focus on wetlands issues in and around the Bay.

  2. Provide voluntary project design review at the request of public and private project sponsors. This review, a compliment to the formal permitting process, assists project sponsors to plan, design, and implement high-quality habitat projects, including mitigation projects*. Feedback is guided by the habitat prescriptions found in the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Report. By providing habitat project proponents -- of mitigation and restoration projects, alike -- with informed habitat design feedback, the Bay Area region is more likely to experience broader success in wetland and associated habitat restoration. In addition, review during the earliest stages of project design has the potential to help to reduce delays and lower project costs by avoiding the need for extensive project modification during the permitting process.

  3. Foster the development of a regional wetlands monitoring program. The program provides a forum where wetlands monitoring issues are regularly shared and discussed. Components of the monitoring program include the development of standardized wetlands monitoring protocols and the provision of a publicly available, project mapping website. This forum advances our understanding of habitat project successes and failures.

By meeting these objectives, the Restoration Program contributes to an increase in wetlands area, ecological functions, populations of diverse and valuable plant and animal species, especially listed species, and the local community's ability to assess how wetlands evolve over time.

* At its Spring/Summer 2003 meeting, the Restoration Program's Executive Council adopted a new policy on how the Program's Design Review Group (DRG) approaches the review of mitigation projects. As of June 10, 2003, and for an indefinite period of time, the DRG may only review a mitigation-based project when the project is referred by a reviewing permitting agency and when the project has a public sector proponent. Projects that do not include mitigation and are solely restoration in nature may come to the DRG at any time. The Executive Council will review and evaulate this policy and all of its effects on a continual basis.