Estuary Blueprint

2022 Estuary Blueprint

The final version of the 2022 Estuary Blueprint was approved on March 16, 2022 by the Implementation Committee and was approved on May 9, 2022 by the Executive Council. It is now pending approval by the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Additionally, increasing the resilience of the Estuary’s habitats, human communities, and natural resources is a central focus in the 2022 Estuary Blueprint Update. Thus, we have conducted a climate vulnerability assessment in order to understand the extent to which climate change could impact the Partnership’s ability to successfully undertake the actions laid out in the Estuary Blueprint.

 

About the 2022 Update Process

This update of the Estuary Blueprint, formerly known as the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan, is less comprehensive in scope than previous revisions, such as the 2016 Estuary Blueprint. The 2022 update process has focused on revisions at the Action and Task levels.

The overall update process was guided by a Steering Committee consisting of volunteers from the Implementation Committee. Estuary Partnership staff established working groups for updating the actions by starting with the 2016 Estuary Blueprint Task Owners and Collaborating Partners. The team also sought to bring in new stakeholders from audiences that haven’t historically been involved in the Estuary Blueprint process.

Those working groups worked for the past year to draft updated Actions in preparation for public input. Early public input was also invited through listening sessions, social media, and an online survey. Over 80 organizations and agencies have been involved in the Estuary Blueprint update process so far, and many more individuals.  All written public input has been compiled and addressed in 2022 Estuary Blueprint Public Input Responses

For questions on the 2022 Estuary Blueprint Update, please contact Project Coordinator Darcie Luce at darcie.luce@sfestuary.org or (415) 778-6673.

Side-by-Side Comparison

The table below shows an overview of changes between the 2016 and 2022 Estuary Blueprints.

2016 Estuary Blueprint

2022 Estuary Blueprint Update

GOALS

1. Sustain and improve the Estuary's habitats and living resources

No change

2. Bolster the resilience of Estuary ecosystems, shorelines, and communities to
climate change

No change

3. Improve water quality and increase the quantity of fresh water available to the Estuary

No change

4. Champion the Estuary

No change

OBJECTIVES

a. Protect, restore, and enhance ecological conditions and processes that
support self‐sustaining natural communities

No change

b. Eliminate or reduce threats to natural communities

No change

c. Conduct scientific research and monitoring to measure the status of natural
communities, develop and refine management actions, and track progress toward management targets

No change

d. Increase resilience of tidal habitats and tributaries to climate change

No change

e. Increase resilience of communities at risk form climate change impacts while
promoting and protecting natural resources

No change

f. Promote integrated, coordinated, multi‐benefit approaches to increasing resilience

No change

g. Increase drought resistance and water efficiency and reduce reliance on
imported water

No change

h. Improve freshwater flow patterns, quantity, and timing to better support
natural resources

No change

i. Reduce contaminants entering the system and improve water quality

No change

j. Build public support for the protection and restoration of the Estuary

No change

k. Strengthen regional leadership in support of Estuary health

No change

l. Promote efficient and coordinated regional governance

No change

m. Incorporate the best available social science and cultural knowledge when protecting and improving the Estuary

New

n. Engage frontline, underserved, and Indigenous communities as partners in
protecting, restoring, and enhancing the Estuary

New

ACTIONS

1. Watershed‐based approach

Discontinued and integrated into Action 12

2. Wetland regional monitoring program

Updated

3. Tidal marsh and tidal flats

Updated and narrowed to tidal marsh only

4. Transition zones

Updated

5. Intertidal and subtidal habitats

Updated and expanded to include tidal flats

6. Managed ponds

Updated

7. Creeks

Updated

8. Seasonal wetlands

Updated

9. Invasive species

Updated

10. Terrestrial predators

Discontinued and integrated into Action 6

11. Carbon sequestration

Updated

12. Watershed connections

Discontinued and integrated into Action 6

13. Sediment

Updated

14. Nature‐based shorelines
15. Natural resources and resilience
16. Natural resources and hazard response
17. Regulatory permitting

Actions 14, 15, 16, and 17 re‐oriented and consolidated into 3 Actions focused on climate resilience and nature‐ based solutions

18. Freshwater flows

Updated

19. Long‐term drought planning

Discontinued and integrated into Actions 20/21

20. Agricultural water use efficiency

Updated and combined with Action 21

21. Landscaping water use efficiency

Updated and combined with Action 20

22. Recycled water

Updated

23. Plan Bay Area – water integration

Integrated into climate resilience Actions

24. Stormwater management

Updated

25. Emerging contaminants

Updated

26. Raw sewage discharges

Discontinued and integrated into Action 30

27. TMDLs

Re‐oriented to contaminants related to fish

28. Nutrients

Updated

29. Ocean acidification

Discontinued

30. Trash

Updated

31. Public access and resource protection

Updated

32. Champion the Estuary Blueprint

Updated and re‐oriented to Champion the Estuary