Mission & Meetings
The Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency (RBRA) is a local government agency serving Belvedere, Mill Valley, Tiburon, and unincorporated Southern Marin. RBRA is dedicated to maintaining and improving the navigational waterways, open waters, and shoreline of Richardson’s Bay.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency is scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 5:30 pm, at Tiburon Town Hall.
There was no Board meeting in October. RBRA instead conducted a work session for public review and comment on the mooring study, the Special Anchorage Association’s ideas for a compromise solution, and information on enforcement.
There is no recording of the May 2019 meeting.
The Board of Directors of the RBRA typically meets on the second Thursday of the month, at 5:30 pm, at Tiburon Town Hall. From time to time the meeting schedule is revised.
Wind advisories for the week of October 27, 2019 have been issued for the area including Richardson’s Bay. Please note that each vessel owner and operator is responsible for securing their vessel and ensuring it does not drift, drag, sink or otherwise get loose on the bay or onto the shoreline.
RBRA is not responsible for vessels or dinghies that have drifted, dragged, run aground or sunk; the agency may tow and impound such vessels as a health and safety measure for persons, property, and/or the environment. Vessel owners who wish to retrieve their vessel must reimburse the agency for the agency’s costs to secure, tow, impound and/or store the vessel. Vessels that are marine debris will not be allowed back in Richardson’s Bay.
You may contact the RBRA Harbormaster about retrieving your vessel at 415-971-3919 or firstname.lastname@example.org; immediate response about retrieval may not be possible during a storm event.
Click here for information about preventive measures.
Click here for more information about RBRA regulations and vessel responsibilities
On July 11, 2019, the RBRA Board of Directors added to its enforcement priorities time limits for vessels entering Richardson’s Bay with adoption of Resolution No. 03-19. Vessels coming into the bay may not stay longer than 72 hours without permission from the Harbormaster. An Anchoring Permit Application to request a stay longer than 72 hours is available here.
On September 12, 2019, the marine ecology firm Merkel & Associates presented a summary of its Mooring Feasibility & Planning Study to the Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency Board of Directors. The study analyzed eelgrass and other bay conditions to inform decisions on potential mooring locations, equipment, capacity, and transiting to shore. Merkel is completing a final report to transmit to the Agency, upon which the Board can base next steps and actions.
On July 11, 2019, the RBRA Board of Directors adopted Ordinance 19-1 updating requirements for vessels on Richardson’s Bay, including seaworthy, operable, registered, and an authorized marine sanitation device.
The Richardson’s Bay Regional Agency Board of Directors has a 2019 Work Plan to continue establishing and implementing direction for the future of the bay. Many of the items in the work plan are contingent upon the outcomes of the mooring study.