Life on the waterfront exposes us to a very dynamic natural environment. Wind-driven debris or vessels are an unavoidable fact of life on the windward shore during storm events in Richardson's Bay.
In response to concerns, the Richardson's Bay Regional Agency (RBRA) has developed a program to enhance its vessel and debris interception capabilities. The program does not create any duty on RBRA's part, but increases the likelihood of intercepting a vessel or debris before it contacts shore.
As Harbor Administrator for the RBRA, I have put together a response guideline for persons who have waterfront property that is exposed to wind-generated debris or a vessel that is adrift. If you notice a threatening situation, you should first attempt to contact me directly at 415/971-3919. If possible, I will intercept the vessel or debris on the open water. To further RBRA's response goal of 24 hours or less, we have local contractors who have agreed to be on stand-by for drifting vessel and debris problems at West Shore Road which should enhance response capabilities during storm events.
Our goal is to provide open-water interception at no cost to private parties. However, this program has a small budget and its operation may be limited or curtailed. Waterfront residents bear ultimate responsibility for dealing with any vessel, object, or debris that has drifted onto their property, including damages and the expense of having the vessel or debris removed.
A good look-out can often forestall disaster! If a vessel or debris is spotted adrift and may be threatening, a call to emergency responders can avert property damage and salvage costs as well. Please report any such sightings quickly, even if you are not sure of the situation. The following are local emergency phone numbers to call: