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[gdl_gallery title=”wildlife” width=”55″ height=”55″ ] Beyond the installation of these innovative site-specific projects, the goals of this project are to:

  • Help quantify the Bay Area cost and benefits of LID/Green Infrastructure retrofits in the right-of-way
  • Educate the public and local governmental decison-makers about urban runoff pollution prevention
  • Provide local public works agencies with hands-on opportunities to learn best managment practices for Green Infrastructure


The Spine Project will take several years to complete. The partnering cities of Oakland, Emeryville, Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Richmond, and San Pablo have identified potential locations as their respective land area contributions to the project (see map above).

A Design/Enginering consultant team was selected through a competitive process and is working with project partners to finalize site locations and develop plans. Construction is estimated to occur in the summer/fall of 2013. After construction, the Bay Friendly Landscape scoring system will be used to evaluate each site for landscape sustainability. Selected sites will be monitored by the San Franscico Estuary Insititute to assess pollutant removal effectiveness. The Estuary Partnership will develop and implement an outreach program that packages project results with model policy language for Bay Area cities to consider when planning street improvements.

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  • Designs Complete – Spring 2013
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Designs Complete – Spring 2013
Construction – Summer/fall 2013
Monitoring – Post-Construction
Outreach – On-Going
Project Completion – Winter 2015

The Project Kick-Off Meeting occurred on August 1, 2012, with all participating partners invited. The purpose of the meeting was to bring the partners together to discuss the project vison, goals, process, and schedule. Meeting materials: Kick-Off Meeting Agenda and Project Schedule, SFEP Project Overview Presentation, Design Team Green Streets Presentation.

This webpage is routinely updated to include links to invitations to bid or submit statements of qualifications for professional or construction services for competitive selction. These services include 1) Construction Managment, 2) Project Construction, and 3) Signage Design/Fabrication.

The Spine project follows from SFEP’s successful El Cerrito Rain Gardens Project also located on San Pablo Avenue. SFEP has also developed educational materials including a Green Streets Primer, Green Streets/Resilient Watersheds, and summary of the Serramonte Library Rain Gardens. For additional Green Streets and Infrastructure information, visit SFEP’s video podcast page.

[message_box title=”LID” color=”yellow”]LID (also known as Green Infrastructure ) is a stormwater management approach that minimizes paving and impervious surfaces and uses plants and soils to filter contaminants from runoff. Urban runoff is a major source of water pollution in the Bay Area. It often carries heavy metals, pesticides, fertilizers, pet waste, automotive fluids, and other toxic chemicals to local creeks and the Bay. LID measures can also reduce the velocity and volume of stormwater run-off, while adding aestheic benefits to the community.[/message_box] [divider scroll_text=””]

Project construction will be funded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans). In addition to construction funding from Caltrans, the project is supported by grants from the US EPA’s San Francisco Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund, and the State’s Integrated Regional Water Management Program.