Richardson Bay Special Anchorage Association

The Richardson Bay Special Anchorage Association was formed in 2016, after a year of sometimes raucous and contentious community meetings of folks living on the anchorage, with the common goal of creating a sustainable, healthy and well-managed anchorage that could outlast us all, and discussing what adjustments might need to be made on all sides to end the decades long siege upon the community. It is a place that stories and solutions and word on the water is shared, and folks are educated on the complex web of factors, legal, social, and economic, which are unique to the community in Marin. Meetings are open to folks living and with actively maintained vessels on the anchorage and are not open to the general public at this time. Votes on potential visitors from government, social services, or land based public, are usually made the month preceding, though short-notice visitors can be vetted by the steering committee.

The RBSAA gained tax exempt status in 2017 under the auspices of MarinLink, a non-profit corporation operating under section 501 (c) 3 of the IRS tax code #20-0879422. The RBSAA is a society of mariners who choose to live on their vessels and to maintain the rights and responsibilities of a sustainable open anchorage on Richardson Bay. Working in collaboration with the various overlapping authorities and on-shore communities, the Anchorage Association supports and has been making progress in applying a model of anchorage management that distributes responsibility and accountability... while allocating decisions and work on the level of those most directly impacted by those decisions, and with the greatest stake in the outcomes.     

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Proposed tiers of anchorage management 

Both and the Anchorage Association agree that Ostrum’s principles of sustainable commons management as applied to the anchorage requires:

  1. Self-determination of the community recognized by higher-level authorities.

  1. Effective monitoring by monitors who are part of or accountable to the appropriators.

  1. Collective-choice arrangements that allow most resource appropriators to participate in the decision-making process.

After decades of applying costly systems that have not worked to reduce or manage the problems on Richardson Bay’s Anchorage, the Anchorage Association encourages the recognition by authority agencies and shore communities of the practicalness, cost-effectiveness and legitimacy of supporting an organization of and on the water to manage the issues they know best.

The basic diagram to the right is a proposed draft model which may contain inaccuracies as to the roles of agencies. Consider it as serving as a launch point for discussion.

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