2001 Annual Report

Governor Davis and Members of the California Legislature

It is with great pleasure that I submit the 2001 Annual Report of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission describing our work under the McAteer-Petris Act, the Suisun Marsh Preservation Act, the federal Coastal Zone Management Act, and the California Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act.

Our Commission joined with all Californians and Americans facing the challenges and tragedies of 2001. We worked as part of the family of California government agencies to help increase the State’s energy supply and to reduce our use of electrical power. We offered our full support and cooperation to enhance security after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Additionally, we continued our efforts to help the Bay Area better prepare for a seismic emergency by unanimously approving a permit to replace the east span of the Bay Bridge with a new seismically safe bridge that will remain operational after another major earthquake.

The new portion of the bridge will connect Oakland to Yerba Buena Island. It will be 2.18 miles long and provide five eastbound and five westbound traffic lanes on separated structures. Each bridge deck will include two 10-foot-wide shoulders; a 10.5-foot-wide, two-way bicycle lane; and a five-foot-wide pedestrian lane. The bicycle/pedestrian path will extend from the toll plaza at the eastern end of the bridge to Yerba Buena Island. Six scenic overlooks also will be provided on the south side of the eastbound traffic lanes.

The Commission also issued a marsh development permit to Montezuma Wetlands, LLC, to use dredged materials to restore 1,782 acres of tidal wetlands and create 48 acres of diked managed marsh on a site near Collinsville in the Suisun Marsh, Solano County.

This project will advance the Commission’s goal of reusing material dredged from San Francisco Bay instead of dumping the dredge spoils back into the Bay. The project will use 17 million cubic yards of dredged materials to raise the site’s elevation so marsh vegetation will grow there. The project also includes a dredged material rehandling facility and two public access areas.

The Commission's continued dedication to protecting and enhancing San Francisco Bay, while promoting suitable development is evident in our record in 2001. Last year we approved 14 major projects, denied no applications, and administratively approved 67 permits and consistency determinations, which authorized a variety of activities in the Bay and along its shoreline. We authorized approximately $2.77 billion worth of construction, and our permits resulted in a net increase of 5,649 acres of Bay surface. Public access was increased by 34.8 acres along 11.1 miles of shoreline.

BCDC continued its partnership with other regional agencies and the Bay Area Alliance for Sustainable Development to develop a smart growth strategy for the fast growing Bay region.

BCDC remains committed to the efforts to make San Francisco Bay a healthy, productive ecosystem. We look forward to the challenges ahead and will continue to work to sustain the Bay for future generations.

Sincerely,

BARBARA KAUFMAN
Chair

DEDICATION

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission dedicates its 2001 annual report to Harold Gilliam. Mr. Gilliam wrote the 1957 book, San Francisco Bay, which dramatically described the majesty of the Bay and provided the public with an early warning of the vulnerability of the Bay. In 1966 he penned Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Bay, a record of the citizens’ movement to Save the Bay. For several decades, he wrote about the Bay and its resources in his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle, contributing greatly to the appreciation and understanding of its workings and beauty. Mr. Gilliam claims to have retired but still speaks out when the Bay he loves is threatened.