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Thanks in part to more than 3,000 Save The Bay supporters who took action, the federal Clean Water Act and San Francisco Bay escaped a potentially disastrous setback this week. At issue: Cargill’s reckless plan to pave over restorable wetlands to build thousands of bayfront homes in Redwood City. Such wetlands have historically been protected by the Clean Water Act, but the U.S. Army Corps of...
San Francisco Bay has a serious trash problem. You might not see it from the Bay Bridge or Twin Peaks, but there is a constant flow of trash polluting the body of water that defines our region. If you’ve ever participated in a shoreline cleanup, this won’t be news to you. But do you know where it comes from? The largest source of Bay pollution comes from runoff from our city streets....
A tall, arching bridge and hills giving way to the blue peace – looking out into the Carquinez Strait from the Benicia waterfront. Photo by. Daniel Adel As a Benicia native, the Carquinez Strait was (and continues to be) an everyday sight. As a child, I would often frequent my hometown’s many shoreline parks, such as the tidal marsh wetlands of the Benicia State Recreation Area immediately...
Top row (left to right): Ishani Desai, Iris Wen, Shreya Chowdhury, Vinamar Sidhu | Bottom Row (right to left): Vasuman Moza, Khoi Duong, Jwalin Shah, Michael Nguyen Save The Bay values the work and commitments of students. These eight freshmen from Fremont’s Irvington High School recently chose to focus on wetland restoration issues for a school project. Do you know a school or student...
James River Oil Train Derailment, May 1, 2014. Photo by: Waterkeeper Alliance, Inc. The latest in a string of catastrophic oil train derailments occurred in West Virginia on February 16th, dumping an estimated 3 million gallons of crude oil in to a tributary of the Kanawha River. All indications are that it’s only a matter of time before disaster strikes in California. That’s because the oil...
  Our founders’ legacy — one of courage, persistence, diligence, and success — has inspired today’s generation of Bay savers to carry on their mission to protect our greatest natural treasure for generations. Before we celebrated the first Earth Day in 1970 and the first full-length issue of Ms. Magazine hit newsstands in 1972, major progress in the Bay Area was already...
Photo by: Lindsay Bernsen Save the Bay’s most recent pollution prevention initiative, the Butt Free Bay Campaign, is fighting the flow of toxic, plastic cigarette butts into the San Francisco Bay. We are currently calling on Bay Area cities and counties to pass outdoor smoking bans to stop the constant flow of this poison trash at the source, and protect the Bay from second hand smoke. El Cerrito...
Plastic trash washed up on a beach in Malaysia. Trash flowing out of San Francisco Bay and into the Pacific Ocean can make its way to distant shores. Photo by: epSos.de Spanish explorers once called San Francisco Bay el brazo del mar, “the arm of the sea.” Highlighting this connection with the world’s oceans is even more appropriate in our time, as we observe the impact of plastic pollution...
Ralph Nobles’ legacy will forever live on in our storied Bay Area environmental lore. Photo by: Christopher-Gardner Another giant in the battle to prevent overdevelopment of San Francisco Bay has died.  Ralph Nobles, who led the Friends of Redwood City and won the fight to protect Bair Island, passed away February 20, at the age of 94. The 2006 winner of Save The Bay’s Founding Member award...
Bay wildlife often mistake toxic pollutants like cigarette butts for food. Do you know who Altria is? Neither did I, until recently. Altria is the parent company for Philip Morris and two other tobacco companies, who rebranded back in the early 2000s. 14 years later, the tobacco industry is still trying to camouflage itself. But now they’re going way beyond a rebrand – they’re targeting the...

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