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Candlestick Point State Recreation Area Yosemite Slough Restoration Project

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Location Description Candlestick Point, Yosemite Slough, South San Francisco Bay
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area Yosemite Slough Restoration Project

The proposed project would increase the existing tidally influenced area from nine acres to over 20 acres, create two isolated bird nesting islands (including one designed specifically for special status species), provide nursery areas for fish and benthic organisms, transitional and upland areas to buffer sensitive habitats, more than 5,000 feet of new interpretative trails with five vista points, 2.5 acres of passive public use areas, an approximate 1,200 square foot multi-use interpretive center with restroom facilities, new access to the restored area, and additional amenities including parking, fencing, lighting, benches, and drinking water fountains.  The restoration design, which would include re-vegetation, would also address soil contaminant issues arising from previous fill activities that could affect human and wildlife health.  In early-2006, we expect to receive the final permits from the Army Corps of Engineers, the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board, and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission approving the final project design.  Although the restoration of Yosemite Slough could occur in one phase over the course of 24 months, we have broken it down into three sections—the South Area, Northeast Area, and Northwest Area—that can be restored simultaneously or one-by-one in 12-24 month phases depending on the availability of funding.   Restoration efforts are planned to begin in the fall of 2006. 

Drinking Water Supply
Water Quality Improvement
Water Reuse/Recycling
Stormwater Improvements
Groundwater Benefits
Habitat Protection and Restoration
Flood Protection
Related to a Disadvantaged Community
Related to a Native American Tribe
Ecosystem Restoration, Environmental and habitat protection and improvement, NPS pollution control, Recreation and public access, Storm water capture and management, Water quality protection and improvement, Watershed planning, Wetlands enhancement and creation
Flood Protection & Stormwater Management

Part 2 - Detail

element status Percent completion
Conceptual plans
Land acquisition/easements
Preliminary plans
Construction drawings
Readiness to proceed

i. Water Supply (conservation, recycled water, groundwater recharge, surface storage, etc.)


ii. Water Quality


iii. Flood and Stormwater Management


iv. Resource Stewardship (watershed management, habitat protection and restoration, recreation, open space, etc.)


Increases Water Supply Reliability
Advances/ Expands Conjunctive Management of Multiple Water Supply Sources
Increases Water Use and/or Reuse Efficiency
Provides Additional Water Supply
Promotes Water Quality Protection
Reduces Water Demand
Advances/Expands Water Recycling
Promotes Urban Runoff Reuse
Addresses Sea Level Rise
Addresses other Anticipated Climate Change Impact (e.g. through water management system modifications)
Improves Flood Control (e.g. through wetlands restoration, management, protection)
Promotes Habitat Protection
Establishes Migration Corridors
Re-establishes River-Floodplain Hydrologic Continuity
Re-introduces Anadromous Fish Populations to Upper Watersheds
Enhances and Protects Upper Watershed Forests and Meadow Systems
Other (Please Describe)
Increases Water Use Efficiency or Promotes Energy-Efficient Water Demand Reduction
Improves Water System Energy Efficiency
Advances/Expands Water Recycling
Promotes Urban Runoff Reuse
Promotes Use of Renewable Energy Sources
Contributes to Carbon Sequestration (e.g. through vegetation growth)
Other (Please Describe)
(low) - (high)
Drought Preparedness
Use and Reuse Water More Efficiently
Climate Change Response Actions (Adaptation to Climate Change, Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Reduce Energy Consumption)
Expand Environmental Stewardship
Practice Integrated Flood Management
Protect Surface and Groundwater Quality
Improve Tribal Water and Natural Resources
Ensure Equitable Distribution of Benefits
Reduce Reliance on the Bay-Delta
Reduce Water Demand
Improved Operational Efficiency and Transfers
Increase Water Supply
Improve Water Quality
Improve Flood Management
Practice Resources Stewardship
Other Strategies (Please Describe)
Groundwater Management Plan
Urban Water Management Plan
Water Meter Requirements
Groundwater Monitoring Requirements
AB 1420 Compliance
BMP Compliance
CEQA Compliance
Water supply reliability, water conservation and water use efficiency
Stormwater capture, storage, clean-up, treatment, and management
Removal of invasive non-native species, the creation and enhancement of wetlands, and the acquisition, protection, and restoration of open space and watershed lands
Non-point source pollution reduction, management and monitoring
Groundwater recharge and management projects
Contaminant and salt removal through reclamation, desalting, and other treatment technologies and conveyance of reclaimed water for distribution to users
Water banking, exchange, reclamation and improvement of water quality
Planning and implementation of multipurpose flood management programs
Watershed protection and management
Drinking water treatment and distribution
Ecosystem and fisheries restoration and protection
Reduced Reliance on the Bay-Delta
Projects that directly address a critical water quality or supply issue in a DAC
Urban water suppliers implementing certain BMPs as on page 17 of Guidelines
Be designed to manage stormwater runoff to reduce flood damage (PRC §5096.827)
Be consistent with the applicable Regional Water Quality Control Plans (Basin Plans) (PRC §5096.827)
Not be a part of the State Plan of Flood Control (SPFC) (PRC §5096.827)


Avoiding, minimizing, and mitigating net impacts to environment
Maintaining and promoting economic and environmental sustainability through sound water resources management practices
Maximizing external support and partnerships
Maximizing ability to get outside funding
Maximizing economies of scale and governmental efficiencies
Providing trails and recreation opportunities
Protecting cultural resources
Increasing community outreach and education for watershed health
Maximizing community involvement and stewardship
Reducing energy use and/or use renewable resources where appropriate
Minimizing solid waste generation/maximize reuse
Engaging public agencies, businesses, and the public in stormwater pollution prevention and watershed management, including decision -making
Achieving community awareness of local flood risks, including potential risks in areas protected by existing projects
Considering and addressing disproportionate community impacts
Balancing needs for all beneficial uses of water
Securing funds to implement solutions
Meeting future and dry year demands
Maximizing water use efficiency
Minimizing vulnerability of infrastructure to catastrophes and security breaches
Maximizing control within the Bay Area region
Preserving highest quality supplies for highest use
Protecting against overdraft
Providing for groundwater recharge while maintaining groundwater resources
Increasing opportunities for recycled water use consistent with health and safety
Maintaining a diverse portfolio of water supplies to maximize flexibility
Securing funds to implement solutions
Protecting, restoring, and rehabilitating natural watershed processes
Controlling excessive erosion and managing sedimentation
Maintaining or improving in-stream flow conditions
Improving floodplain connectivity
Preserving land perviousness and infiltration capacity
Securing funds to implement solutions
Minimizing point and non-point source pollution
Reducing salinity-related problems
Reducing mass loading of pollutants to surface waters
Minimizing taste and odor problems
Preserving natural stream buffers and floodplains to improve filtration of point and non-point source pollutants
Maintaining health of whole watershed, upland vegetation and land cover to reduce runoff quantity and improve runoff quality
Protecting surface and groundwater resources from pollution and degradation
Anticipating emerging contaminants
Eliminating non-stormwater pollutant discharges to storm drains
Reducing pollutants in runoff to the maximum extent practicable
Periodically evaluating beneficial uses
Continuously improving stormwater pollution prevention methods
Securing funds to implement solutions
Providing clean, safe, reliable drinking water
Minimizing variability for treatment
Advancing technology through feasibility studies/demonstrations
Meeting promulgated and expected drinking water quality standards
Managing floodplains to reduce flood damages to homes, businesses, schools, and transportation
Minimizing health impacts associated with polluted waterways
Achieving effective floodplain management by encouraging wise use and management of flood-prone areas
Maintaining performance of flood protection and stormwater facilities
Partnering with municipalities to prepare mitigation action plans that reduce flood risks to the community
Coordinating resources and mutual aid between agencies to enhance agency effectiveness
Securing funds to implement solutions
Providing net benefits to environment
Conserving and restoring habitat for species protection
Acquiring, protecting and/or restoring wetlands, streams, and riparian areas
Enhancing wildlife populations and biodiversity (species richness)
Providing lifecycle support (shelter, reproduction, feeding)
Protecting and recovering fisheries (natural habitat and harvesting)
Protecting wildlife movement/wildlife corridors
Managing pests and invasive species
Recovering at-risk native and special status species
Improving structural complexity (riparian and channel)
Designing and constructing natural flood protection and stormwater facilities
Securing funds to implement solutions

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Part 3 - Benefits