AccessAbility - Environmental Traveling Companions' Bay Kayak Adventures


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
AccessAbility - Environmental Traveling Companions' Bay Kayak Adventures
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
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
Agency Name
California State Coastal Conservancy
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Environmental Traveling Companions
Contact Types
Project Applicant


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
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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