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Bay Area Base Conversion Environmental Network

Organization: Arc Ecology
2000 Grant Recipient – Multiple San Francisco Bay Region Counties

2012 Update

Due to the length of time involved in the base closure remedial program, nearly all of the installations addressed by the Network continue to be involved in some form of cleanup or remedial response.

Nevertheless there were many positive results from the cooperation of the groups involved in the Bay Area Base Conversion Environmental Network. In 2000 Arc Ecology’s Executive Director authored the text for Proposition P, a local plebiscite that established the community acceptance criteria for the Superfund cleanup of the Hunters Point Shipyard. Placed on the ballot by members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and an independent network of community organizations, Prop P won 87 percent of the popular vote in San Francisco and has set the metric for Shipyard cleanup since then.

Network member NICHE helped identify the mishandling of PCB contaminated transformer at Alameda Naval Air Station and threats to children resulting from contamination of play areas from improper waste disposal in areas converted to Navy and Coast Guard housing.

SEAJ incubated Literacy for Environmental Justice which pioneered the involvement of youth from Communities of Color in local environmental issues and with the assistance of Arc Ecology, provided ongoing educational activities in Bayview Hunters Point regarding the Shipyard’s cleanup. The grant enabled Arc Ecology to provide fiscal sponsorship and ongoing environmental technical support to Save San Pablo Baylands which conducted ongoing environmental educational events at Mare Island until it obtained its own independent status as a new organization in 2010. The grant also enabled West County Toxics Coalition to monitor the ongoing cleanup of Point Molate and assisted the Urban Watershed Project in developing an educational campaign around the restoration of Crissy Field and its headwaters.

All of the facilities with the exception of Alameda now have approved reuse plans that place significant emphasis on sustainability. The Presidio, owing to its high profile status as a national park and the benefits of a federal agency to federal agency status, is the most advanced of regional base redevelopment efforts. Urban Watershed Project and Arc Ecology share an important legacy in promoting the thorough toxic cleanup of the Presidio.

In 2006 Arc Ecology's Economist Planner working with Hargreaves Associates Landscape Architects produced a landmark study of the potential options for a waterfront park development on the Hunters Point Shipyard called “From Pollution to Parkland” which won the 2007 American Society of Landscape Architects National Award for Research, Planning & Community Involvement.

In 2009 Arc Ecology's Executive Director led an alternative planning exercise with our Planning and Landscape Architectural consultant Bionic called "Alternatives for Study." This critical analysis of the shortcomings of the Hunters Point Shipyard Redevelopment Plan won awards for Research, Analysis, Planning and Public Engagement from the Boston Architectural Society and the Northern California Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

In 2010 Arc Ecology's Economist Planner working for Renewed Hope Community Housing Advocacy produced a fair but critical analysis of the redevelopment plan for Naval Air Station Alameda which contributed to the defeat of the plan at the ballot.

Currently Arc Ecology is working with the USEPA coordinating an independent peer review of the Navy’s plans for remediating the large industrial dump on the Hunters Point Shipyard.

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2004 U.S. Navy map of Hunters Point Shipyard showing parcel (A through F) locations and approximate boundaries.

Areas of San Francisco Bay Base Closures

Last modified: 6/21/2012 4:46 PM by S. Haren

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