Policy: Threats from development

Clapper Rail, dependent on tidal marsh habitat in the Bay

With the population of the Bay Area estimated to grow to over eight million people by the end of this decade, there will be additional pressures to fill baylands and adjacent restorable uplands for urban development. To ensure that habitat protection and restoration objectives can be met, we encourage that:

Further development should be prohibited on Bay wetlands or lands adjacent to, and restorable to, wetland conditions.

Efforts to exempt projects, or to weaken existing development protection provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act (California Public Resources Code §21000 et seq.) or the McAteer-Petris Act (California Government Code §66600 et seq.) establishing the Bay Conservation Development Commission (BCDC), should be opposed.

Implement the Climate Change amendments to BCDC's Bay Plan.

The recommendations in the Subtidal Habitat Goals report should be implemented in order to maintain and improve fish and wildlife habitat in the Bay.

Utilize decision-support tools, such as that developed by the Bay Area Open Space Council’s Upland Habitat Goals project, and the San Francisco Bay Sea Level Rise decision support tool developed by PRBO Conservation Science and its partners, as resources for determining priority parcels for future protection and restoration.

The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board should complete and adopt its Wetlands and Riparian Area Protection Program recommendations in order to provide protection for many bird species.