This 8-minute film interviews eight directors of water quality, restoration, and environmental programs around the San Francisco Estuary about their experience of the 2017-2018 Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.

Estuary News

June 2018
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Two-Way Bay: Estuary Leaders Reflect on Resilience

This 8-minute film interviews eight directors of water quality, restoration, and environmental programs around the San Francisco Estuary about their experience of the 2017-2018 Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.  ESTUARY News asked these leaders — some of whom also sit on the SF Estuary Partnership’s Implementation Committee — how the results of the Challenge fit in with what they are already doing around the Bay to prepare for rising sea levels. Their answers reflect a new found sense of urgency around resilience planning, an appreciation for the fresh look at current strategies, and the push for bigger picture thinking as the Bay creeps steadily onto onto our shores. (Please hit the Full-Screen symbol in the lower right-hand corner to maximize the viewing size.)
  • Warner Chabot, San Francisco Estuary Institute, Blueprint IC
  • Amy Hutzel, California Coastal Conservancy, RbD Executive Board, Blueprint IC
  • Bruce Wolfe, San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board
  • Michael Connor, East Bay Dischargers Authority (retired)
  • Barbara Salzman, Marin Audubon Society, Blueprint IC 
  • Josh Bradt, San Francisco Estuary Partnership, RbD Home Team
  • Nahal Ghoghaie, Environmental Justice Coalition for Water, RbD Advisor,  Blueprint IC
  • Denise Reed, University of New Orleans, RbD Juror, Delta Science Advisor

 

Highlights from Two-Way Bay

Short clip from Two Way Bay: Water and Wastewater

Bruce Wolfe of the SF Regional Water Board and Michael Connor of the East Bay Dischargers Authority share their impressions of the remarkable value associated with the process and materials introduced by the Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge.

Short clip from Two Way Bay: Restoration and Community

Amy Hutzl of the Deputy Executive Officer of the California State Coastal Conservancy reflects on the Bay Area Resilience by Design Bay Area Challenge and its consequences for thinking about restoring the San Francisco Baylands.

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