Board of Supervisors
May 5, 2009
BOARD MEETING DATE:
May 19, 2009
Honorable Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Richard Gordon
Continuing Participation in FishNet 4C
Adopt a resolution in support of continued County participation in FishNet 4C and providing County matching funds
The recommended action furthers the following goals:
14. Important Natural Resources are preserved and enhanced through environmental stewardship
25. Residents express their support for regional, collaborative approaches to issues
In 1998 San Mateo County joined with four other Central California Counties to form FishNet 4C (Central California Coastal Counties) and begin to jointly address the decline of coho salmon and steelhead trout populations. The FishNet steering committee, comprised of county supervisors and resource agency staff members has met regularly over the past ten years to discuss and collaborate on fisheries restoration projects across the Central California coastline. Significant progress has been made in the removal of fish passage barriers, water quality improvement, policy development and fisheries protection by member counties. These actions and membership in FishNet 4C has allowed San Mateo County to fulfill its responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act.
FishNet 4C receives funding from several sources in order to continue operating and pursuing its mission of restoring fisheries across the Central Coast. Much of the funding comes from grant programs operated by the Department of Fish and Game, NOAA Fisheries and the California Resources Agency.
However, each member county also contributes a $5,000 share annually in support of the operating budget of FishNet 4C. This money is also used to provide matching funds for grants received by FishNet 4C. San Mateo County has consistently provided this funding as a part of the annual budget process in the form of a membership fee allocation. This resolution ensures that participation will continue and allows FishNet 4C to provide guarantees to grantors of continued county support.
Funding to FishNet 4C represents a $5,000 annual budget expense to the general fund, as approved in the two-year budget. This request will affirm that expenditure for future years.