Based on scientific ecological analysis and consultation with the relevant federal and state resource agencies, a minor amount of fill may be authorized to enhance or restore fish, other aquatic organisms or wildlife habitat if the Commission finds that no other method of enhancement or restoration except filling is feasible.
SFBP - Tidal Marshes and Tidal Flats
The Commission should continue to support and encourage the expansion of scientific information on the arrival and spread of invasive plants and animals, and when feasible, support the establishment of a regional effort for Bay-wide eradication of specific invasive species, such as non-native cordgrasses.
Any ecosystem restoration project should include clear and specific long-term and short-term biological and physical goals, and success criteria, and a monitoring program to assess the sustainability of the project.
Comprehensive Bay sediment research and monitoring to understand sediment processes necessary to sustain and restore wetlands
Former tidal marshes and tidal flats that have been diked from the Bay should be restored to tidal action in order to replace lost historic wetlands or should be managed to provide important Bay habitat functions, such as resting, foraging and breeding habitat for fish, other aquatic organisms and wildlife.
Avoid, or if avoidance is infeasible, minimize adverse impacts on any transition zone present between tidal and upland habitats
Any proposed fill, diking, or dredging project should be thoroughly evaluated to determine the effect of the project on tidal marshes and tidal flats,
Filling, diking, and dredging projects that would substantially harm tidal marshes or tidal flats and "Tidal marshes are an interconnected and essential part of the Bay's food web.'