Transforming Urban Water Initiative
From Gray to Green Shorelines
Regional Roundtable Workshops
Transforming Shorelines: Social and Racial Equity Workbook for Wastewater Agencies
Wastewater agencies around the San Francisco Bay Area are designing and implementing innovative technologies and strategies to address sea level rise
and other climate change adaptation needs, including nature-based solutions.
As their work moves beyond the walls of the treatment plant, wastewater
agencies are finding that more community interaction and engagement is
needed than ever before. These new practices require different skills, including
training to support wastewater agencies in adopting best practices for racial
and social justice, both within and outside their agencies.
This workbook summarizes the content from a workshop on Social and Racial
Justice for Wastewater Agencies held on March 7, 2023 in San Francisco, and
provides additional resources and readings on the workshop topics. This
workbook is meant to help guide wastewater agencies through key steps to
building diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility (DEI) through a more socially and racially equitable culture both within their agencies and in their work with communities. The workbook provides tools, case studies and resources around leadership development, community engagement, equitable policies, and strategies for measuring success.
Nature-Based Solutions For Coastal Resilience, Habitat Enhancement, and Water Quality Improvement at the San Francisco Bay Shoreline: Challenges, Solutions, and Next Steps
The Transforming Shorelines team held the first Regional Roundtable in partnership with the Bay Area One Water Network. The workshop took place from November 2-4, 2021 and included over 30 invited participants at peak attendance. The agenda of the three-day event took on an iterative approach based on the conversations that were had each day, which lent to interesting and dynamic breakout discussions around the future of Nature-based Solutions (NbS) implementation and strategizing for effective NbS project management. Each day, the workshop participants came away with a small homework assignment in preparation for the next day’s activities. This work-centric roundtable helped generate conversation around developing a strategy focused on regulatory improvements and building the case for increased, cross-sectoral financing for NbS. Workshop participants expressed their appreciation for a forum of this kind and hopes for more opportunities like this to come along in the future.