AccessAbility - Environmental Traveling Companions' Bay Kayak Adventures

Summary

SCH Number
2020110403
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
AccessAbility - Environmental Traveling Companions' Bay Kayak Adventures
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
11/23/2020

Document Description
Through their AccessAbility program, Environmental Traveling Companions will provide access to the northern California coast for under-resourced youth and people with disabilities, through kayaking adventures on San Francisco or Tomales bay. ETC participants learn paddling and navigation techniques and are outfitted with paddling gear and adaptive equipment as needed. Using resources like tactile maps, laminated natural history cards, and lunchtime conservation activities, ETC will highlight marine ecosystems, the cultural and human history of the bays, and the plant and animal life that participants encounter during their kayaking adventures. After lunch, participants take part in educational and team-building games and a beach cleanup. On overnight trips, participants also participate in guided hikes, sensory awareness, and reflective activities, and learn about issues impacting California’s coasts, such as climate change and ocean acidification. ETC encourages return visits to the coast by sharing resources such as SF Bay Area Water Trail Accessibility Maps, Wheelchair Rider’s Guide, and information on accessing beach wheelchairs. ETC's AccessAbility program inspires joyful connections to the coast; empowers participants with new knowledge of kayaking skills and estuarine ecosystems; and fosters a stewardship ethos for Bay Area beaches and estuaries.

Contact Information
Avra Heller
California State Coastal Conservancy
Lead/Public Agency
1515 Clay Street 10th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone : (510) 286-1212
avra.heller@scc.ca.gov

Environmental Traveling Companions
Project Applicant

Location

Counties
Marin
Regions
San Francisco Bay Area
Other Location Info
Richardson Bay, Sausalito and Tomales Bay, Inverness

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is categorically exempt under Title 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) because it involves regular operation of coastal locations that will be visited with no expansion of use.
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