BAY AREA DREDGING STUDY FINDS COORDINATION INADEQUATE

BAY AREA DREDGING STUDY FINDS COORDINATION INADEQUATE

A study by the San Francisco Estuary Project on dredging problems in the San Francisco Bay finds that greater coordination is needed among regulatory and oversight groups, agencies and organizations.

The report was compiled to consider the status and future of dredging and waterway modification in the San Francisco estuary. The Port of Oakland, which is trying to deepen its channel, has been struggling with various permitting and local protest hurdles for over a decade.The estuary project was established in 1988 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the state of California to develop a comprehensive conservation and management plan for the estuary. The project group is made up of environmental, business and government representatives.

The report is the first of five and focuses on dredging in the San Francisco Bay.

The report identifies gaps in knowledge and recommends research that would lead to better understanding and eventually better management.

However, it does not recommend delaying management decisions until further studies are completed.

The report will be presented in a series of workshops May 9 in San Francisco and Oakland, and May 10 in Walnut Grove.