Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) Implementation Award
The South San Francisco Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, one of the Centerís signature projects for over six years, has been awarded a Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP) Implementation Award by the Friends of the San Francisco Estuary. These awards are given to outstanding environmental projects that implement one or more actions in the CCMP, which is the blueprint for restoring and maintaining the chemical, physical and biological integrity of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary.
The CCMP Award was accepted by the Projectís Executive Project Manager at the biennial State of the Estuary Conference on September 29th in Oakland.
The Center has been an integral part of this project since its inception in 2003, when the State and federal governments, along with five private foundations, purchased over 16,000 acres of industrial salt ponds for restoration to tidal marsh and other wetlands habitats, expansion of public access to the Bay, and flood protection improvements for the three million residents of the South Bay.
Center staff designed the overall planning process for the project, and facilitated and managed a massive public engagement process, which included over 100 public meetings and workshops to achieve consensus from the Projectís Stakeholder Forum on the architecture of the entire restoration approach. The Centerís outreach effort also included a quarterly electronic newsletter with a mailing list of over 2000 people, an interactive website, numerous media events, educational videos, podcasts, and local site tours and exhibits.
The Center team includes Mary Selkirk, Tracy Grubbs, Austin McInerny and Ariel Ambruster.
For more information about the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration project please visit: www.southbayrestoration.org
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