Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Department of Parks



June 28, 2010


July 13, 2010







Honorable Board of Supervisors


David G Holland, Director, Department of Parks


Coyote Point Marina Dredging Project



Adopt a Resolution:


Adopting plans and specifications, including conformance with prevailing wage scale requirements, for the dredging of sections of the Coyote Point Marina in the Coyote Point Recreation Area; and



Authorizing the publication of a Notice to Contractors twice in a weekly local newspaper of general circulation published in the County; and



Authorizing the Director of Public Works to call for sealed proposals to be received by Tuesday, August 3, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. in the office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors.



Coyote Point Marina periodically requires maintenance dredging due to siltation of its channels and berths from San Francisco Bay tidal action. Previous dredging projects in 2002 and 2006 dredged the Marina’s main channel, most of the secondary channels used by the tenants to access their boat slips and some boat slips. Since the completion of those dredging episodes, new siltation has occurred that is once again affecting navigation in some of the channels of the Marina.


On October 20, 2009, your Board approved a contract with TranSystems, Inc. for the provision of engineering services to prepare plans and specifications and to secure permits to dredge areas of the Marina. The Public Works and Parks Departments have reviewed and approved the completed design plans, specifications and cost estimates. All necessary permits have been obtained for the project. Those permits restrict dredging from June 1st through November 30th in any given year.


The San Mateo County Parks Department has determined that this project is exempt from the requirements for preparation of an EIR under Section 15301, Class 1, of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and has filed a Notice of Exemption with the County Clerk.



In early 2010, Marina staff began observing areas in the Marina channels that were shallower than optimal depth. Also, at the annual Coyote Point Marina stakeholders meeting in March 2010, Marina tenants expressed their concerns about the lack of adequate depth due to siltation in some areas of the Marina. A subsequent depth survey verified the problem and confirmed the need for this current dredging project.


The proposed project will dredge the main entry channel into the Marina and additional secondary channels within the Marina up to the amount that can be financed by the Marina. Without this project, secondary channels in the Marina, as well as the entry channel, will not be navigable at low tides and severely impact the ability to provide recreational boating services to the public.


Approval of this action will contribute to the Shared Vision 2025 outcome of an Environmentally Conscious Community as the removal of silt by the dredging process will keep the Marina entry channel at sufficient depth for vessels’ use preventing accidents.


County Counsel has reviewed and approved the Resolution as to form.



The estimated cost of this dredging project is $465,400. The project will be funded by the Coyote Point Marina Fund. An Appropriation Transfer Request will be submitted to create a project in the Capital Projects budget for this project along with the future Board Report recommending the award of a contract

There is no impact to the General Fund.