Hundreds of stakeholders and members of the public participated in developing the Bay Adapt Joint Platform.
Throughout 2020 and 2021, hundreds of community members and stakeholders participated in working groups, focus groups, presentations and forums to discuss and shape the Joint Platform. The Joint Platform was informed by:
To help ensure equity perspectives were present and included in the leadership of Bay Adapt, five leaders from community-based organizations representing frontline communities were invited to join the Leadership Advisory Group. They were dubbed the “Environmental Justice (EJ) Caucus” and received a small honorarium for their participation. The EJ Caucus provided perspective and feedback on embedding the principles on environmental justice, equity and inclusion into Bay Adapt’s planning process, the Joint Platform, and in implementation. EJ Caucus members also provided leadership to Working Groups and provided input and feedback before and after several of the LAG meetings.
Two critical themes emerged during discussions with EJ Caucus and community leaders:
The need for fair and equitable funding for community partners, including targeted employment and economic opportunities for diverse frontline community members; and
Capacity building, administrative support, and technical training and assistance are essential to realizing truly equitable adaptation planning
Two Bay Adapt Public Forums were designed to meaningfully engage the public and interested stakeholders and provide input into shapingthe Joint Platform– a set of consensus driven actions that advance regional adaptation.
SPUR, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and regional leaders co-hosted the second public forum for Bay Adapt to share the draft Bay Adapt Joint Platform. This meeting included speaker presentations from:
Phoenix Armenta, West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
Adrian Covert, Bay Area Council
Caitlin Sweeney, San Francisco Estuary Partnership
John Gioia, Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors
Ezra David Romero, KQED
Participants also had the opportunity to ask questions to the speaker panel about rising sea level challenges and opportunities. The Bay Adapt Joint Platform draft materials where shared at this meeting and a month-long public feedback opportunity was initiated. Resources shared at the meeting are available here:
The in-depth details of the Bay Adapt Joint Platform were created through discussions with over 100 stakeholders across dozens of working group sessions. During summer 2020, collectively, hundreds of hours were spent identifying barriers and challenges to adaptation planning, brainstorming solutions, and organizing these ideas into 9 actions and 21 tasks that make up the Bay Adapt Joint Platform.
Ana Alvarez, EBRPD Phoenix Armenta, WOEIP (Chair) Julie Beagle, USACE David Behar, BayCAN Claire Bonham-Carter, AECOM Allison Brooks, BARC Cheryl Brown, Save the Bay Paul Campos, Building Industry Association Warner Chabot, SFEI Chris Choo, Marin County John Coleman, Bay Planning Coalition (Chair) Heather Cooley, Pacific Institute Adrian Covert, Bay Area Council Jessica Davenport, State Coastal Conservancy Paul Detjens, Contra Costa County Hannah Doress, San Mateo County Arthur Feinstein, Sierra Club Laura Feinstein, SPUR Xavier Fernandez, RWQCB Andrea Gaffney, BCDC Stefan Galvez-Abadia, Caltrans Julio Garcia, Environmental Justice Caucus Member Michael Germeraad, MTC/ABAG Vincent Gin, Valley Water Juliana Gonzales, The Watershed Project Terrie Green, Shore Up Marin Marcus Griswold, San Mateo County Dave Halsing, South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project Sami Harper, RWQCB Katie Hart, RWQCB Rachael Hartofelis, MTC/ABAG Kristina Hill, UC Berkeley Brian Holt, EBRPD Stefanie Hom, MTC/ABAG Lee Huo, San Francisco Bay Trail Melissa Jones, BARHII Nuin-Tara Key, Office of Planning and Research Leslie Lacko, Marin County Roger Leventhal, Marin County Jack Liebster, Marin County (Chair) Emily Loper, Bay Planning Coalition Corina Lopez, City of San Leandro (elected) Lindy Lowe, Port of San Francisco (former) Jeremy Lowe, SFEI Mark Lubell, UC Davis Pat Mapelli, Granite Rock Moira McEnepsy, State Coastal Conservancy Paul Medved, BART Mike Mielke, Silicon Valley Leadership Group Lil Milagro Henriquez, Mycelium Youth Network Kris May, Silvestrum Rafael Montes, BCDC Hoi-Fei Mok, City of San Leandro Stephanie Moulton-Peters, Marin County (elected) Heidi Nutters, SFEP Gail Payne, City of Alameda Erik Pearson, City of Hayward Dave Pine, San Mateo County (elected) Jim Ponton, RWQCB Erika Powell, CHARG (Chair) Bruce Riordan, BayCAN Harriet Ross, Delta Stewardship Council Ana Ruiz, Mid Pen Open Space District Sarah van der Schalie, NOAA Magdalena Sta Maria, Santa Clara County Sandra Scoggin, SF Bay Joint Venture Jasneet Sharma, Santa Clara County Stuart Siegel, SF NERR Zoe Siegel, Greenbelt Alliance Becky Smyth, NOAA Robert Spencer, Urban Economics Mark Stacey, UC Berkeley Caitlin Sweeney, SFEP (Chair) Laura Tam, Resources Legacy Fund Will Travis, Independent Consultant Stu Townsley, US Army Corps Luisa Valiela, EPA Region 9 Matt Vander Sluis, BARHII Edgar Westerhof, Arcadis Angie Xiong, Ascent Environmental Jacqueline Zipkin, East Bay Dischargers Authority
Community and Stakeholder Focus Groups
In early 2021, key stakeholder groups were invited to participate in focus groupsto provide feedback on early drafts of the Joint Platform. Ten focus groups helped steer the direction of the final Joint Platform. More details can be found in the Bay Adapt Outreach Memo.
Co-hosted by the the San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District, also known as OneShoreline
Presentations to Boards and Groups Around the Region
Throughout the course of developing the Joint Platform, over 50 presentations were given to regional organizations, elected officials, planning directors, flood control districts, cities and counties, and even state and national meetings and conferences.
Kicked off by the August 2021 Public Forum, a 30-day public comment phase solicited comments from the public via an online feedback form and comment letters. Over 120 comments were received which help refine and shape the final draft of the Joint Platform. Responses to all public comments can be found in the Bay Adapt Public Comments and BCDC Response spreadsheet.