Decision Making Structure

Stakeholder Forum

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The purpose of the Stakeholder Forum is to provide ongoing, high level, publicly derived input to the Project Management Team (PM Team) on three major components of the restoration plan: habitat objectives and actions, types and levels of public access, and integration of flood management and habitat restoration. This input will be used by the PM Team as the basis to provide feasible and substantive design and plan management direction to the Consultant Design Team. The Forum will also assist the PM Team and other project team members to gain a broader understanding of public and interest group perspectives.


The Stakeholder Forum is comprised of core stakeholders with demonstrated long-term, ongoing interest in the restoration plan and South Bay shoreline, representing the following categories:

  • Local Business and Adjacent landowners;
  • Environmental organizations;
  • Public Access /Recreation Interests;
  • Public Infrastructure;
  • Community advocates and institutions;
  • Flood management;
  • Public Works/Public Health; and
  • Local or State Elected officials.

Central to the selection process was the effort to obtain broad geographic and interest-based diversity, as well as participants with a demonstrated commitment to inclusive, collaborative solutions.

View a list of Stakeholder Forum members.

Roles and Responsibilities

After initial joint education, the Stakeholder Forum will provide focused review, discussion and consensus-seeking on several key issues including the following:

  • Review and input on the final objectives of the restoration plan
  • Development and discussion of possible trade-offs across plan’s objectives
  • Discussion and consensus-seeking on design opportunities and constraints and integration of the habitat, public access, and flood management objectives
  • Review and consensus-seeking on restoration concepts
  • Public access/recreational components
  • Floodplain and tidal Flood protection integral to the restoration effort
  • Water quality effects, including mercury methylation
  • Opportunities for South Bay water quality improvement
  • Habitat mosaics and location
  • Dredge material use/placement
  • Vector management and predation control

The PM Team will periodically assign specific tasks or directives to be undertaken by the Forum. In addition, the Science Team will consult to and advise the Stakeholder Forum under the direction of the Lead Scientist. Their function will be to provide direct technical support and knowledge-building to the public members of the Forum and to assist the Forum in providing high-quality, scientifically based advice to the PM Team on elements of the plan.


Read the entire charter of the Stakeholder Forum, or download it as a PDF.

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