Estuary Blueprint


The Estuary Blueprint maps out the regional actions needed for a healthy, resilient San Francisco Estuary.

Originally created in 1993 under the title “Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan”, also referred to commonly as the “CCMP”, the document has undergone several updates. Progress is currently underway for the 2022 Estuary Blueprint Update.

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What can we do in the next five years to get started?

The implementation section of the Estuary Blueprint (view 2016 Estuary Blueprint PDF) contains goals, objectives, and actions to guide the region toward a healthier Estuary. The goals provide the 35-year vision for the Estuary; the objectives detail desired outcomes that make progress toward achieving those goals; and the actions lay out a set of priority tasks for the next five years to reach one or more objective. The 32 actions meet multiple goals and objectives (see Nexus Table) and represent a cohesive, comprehensive approach to addressing frontiers and gaps in Estuary management.

The Estuary Blueprint also presents information on some of the foundational integration work behind the plan. Special spotlight sections on Estuary Blueprint integration explore how the Estuary Blueprint supports wildlife, resilience, and natural infrastructure. Section V (view PDF) highlights threatened and endangered species, and analyzes how specific actions intersect with four core management concepts: habitat recovery and protection, climate resiliency, migratory benefit, and invasive species reduction.


What can we do in the next five years to get started?

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Sustain and improve habitats and living resources

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Improve water quality and increase water quantity

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Increase resiliency to climate change

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Champion the Estuary

GOAL I: Sustain and improve the Estuary’s habitats and living resources

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

b. Eliminate or reduce threats to natural communities

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

GOAL II: Bolster the resilience of Estuary ecosystems, shorelines and communities to climate change

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

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

f. Promote integrated, coordinated, multi-benefit approaches to increasing resiliency

GOAL III: Improve water quality and increase the quantity of fresh water available to the Estuary

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

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

i. Reduce contaminants entering the system and improve water quality

GOAL IV: Champion the Estuary

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

k. Strengthen regional leadership in support of Estuary health

l. Promote efficient and coordinated regional governance

What will it take to complete the estuary blueprint?

The funding analysis provides low and high cost estimates for the completion of every task in every action. The estimates are based on best available information and will be periodically refined as the region make progress towards implementing the actions.