Highlights of Bay Area League Day 2014

LWVLAMV members at Bay Area League Day 2014 in Oakland. Read the Monitor newsletter!
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Four members of LWVLAMV chapter attended Bay Area League Day Feb. 1, 2014, in Oakland.  In the photo – are Cathy Lazarus, Alec MacDonald ( Bay Area Monitor editor), Max Harned-Beckman, Sue Graham – holding their copies of the Bay Area Monitor, a bimonthly publication that focuses on regional issues concerning the environment, open space, transportation and development.  Get a free subscription here.

About 100 people attended BALD 2014. Image of the audience as seen from back of the room.
About 100 people attended BALD 2014

Keynote Address

Speakers on A New Vision for Open Space, Bay Area League Day 2014, gave outstanding presentations according to those who attended the February 1 event. Videos of the speakers are now available at the website listed below. They include

Keynote Address
Wendy Pulling, Director of Conservation Programs, The Nature Conservancy – San Francisco


LWVLAMV members - Cathy Lazarus, Max Beckman-Harned, Sue Graham, Crownie Billik, all sitting in a row
LWVLAMV members – Cathy Lazarus, Max Beckman-Harned, Sue Graham, Crownie Billik

Panel 1 – Preserving Open Space

Panel 1: Progress in Preserving Open Space
• Jeremy Madsen, Executive Director, Greenbelt Alliance
• Sam Schuchat, Executive Director, California State Coastal Conservancy
• Beverly Lane, Board Member, East Bay Regional Park District


Panel 2 – Economic Benefits

Panel 2: Economic Benefits of Open Space
• Andrea Mackenzie, General Manager, Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority
• Karen Gaffney, Conservation Planning Program Manager, Sonoma County Ag. Preservation and Open Space District

3-D Terrain map of of Bay Area showing floodplain
Open Space, especially wetlands, can ameliorate flood risk to the Bay Area flood plain

Panel 3 – Future Challenges

Panel 3: Future Challenges
• Matt Brennan, Senior Engineering Hydrologist, ESA PWA
• Nat Seavy PhD, Pacific Coast & Central Valley Research Director, Point Blue Conservation Science
Jenn Fox, Executive Director, Bay Area Open Space Council

Max Brennen speaking at Bay Area League Day 2014
Max Brennen advocated for smaller levees that extend wetland habitat and can amerliorate flooding

Additional video at LWV BayArea Youtube channel