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Bay Area leaders join to support baylands restoration and flood improvement

Courtesy of Rob Buelteman/POST, Bolsa Beach
April 12, 2012
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Senator Feinstein and Bay Area leaders--including Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation President Steve McCormick--today announced the formation of a public-private partnership to support critical restoration and flood improvements for the San Francisco Bay region. Please see below for links to more information about the partnership and related media coverage.  

Restoring habitat and improving flood protection supports fish and wildlife, filters pollutants, creates buffers from sea level rise and storm surge impacts, and provides recreational and educational opportunities to millions of Bay Area residents. Bay Area foundations, Senator Feinstein, and public agencies had previously invested in the acquisition and initial restoration and stewardship of Bayside lands to restore their ecological values and improve flood control. Now, Bay Area leaders are coming together to support policies and funding to restore habitat and improve flood protection. 

 Participants include: 

  • Chuck Reed, Mayor, San Jose 
  • Linda LeZotte, Chair, Santa Clara Valley Water District 
  • Andy Ball, President and CEO, Webcor Builders and Bay Area Council Executive Committee 
  • Carl Guardino, President and CEO, Silicon Valley Leadership Group 
  • David Lewis, Executive Director, Save The Bay 
  • Michael Mantell, Attorney, Resources Law Group 
  • Sam Schuchat, Executive Officer, California Coastal Conservancy 
  • Jim Wunderman, President and CEO, Bay Area Council 

Related Links: 

www.kqed.org/a/kqednews/RN201204121104

www.mercurynews.com/top-stories/ci_20374749 

www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/12/BA1B1O21NS.DTL 

www.marinij.com/ci_20374749/1-billion-needed-south-bay-flood-protection-and

www.washingtonpost.com/business/feinstein-business-leaders-say-new-levees-urgently-needed-to-keep-silicon-valley-above-water/2012/04/12/gIQAHjsRDT_story.html