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Grover Hot Springs, Markleeville, CA “Remember, you’re here to relax and get away from it all,” my boyfriend says as I frantically try to post one last photo of my roadside lunch on Instagram. We’re in a hot car, driving in the middle of nowhere for a long-awaited camping trip that we scheduled months ago as a way for us to escape from our busy schedules. At the time it seemed like a good idea...
3 billion cigarette butts are littered in the Bay Area each year. Last week, the El Cerrito City Council tentatively approved one of the strongest smoking ordinances in the state, confirming their commitment to keeping cigarette butts out of the Bay. The Smoking Pollution Protection Ordinance, which the council will finalize in October, will ban smoking in almost all public outdoor places in El...
More than two years have passed since Cargill/DMB’s Saltworks plan was defeated in Redwood City, but they are still working behind the scenes with plans to build on the Bay. Redwood City residents are staying vigilant in their strong stand against this reckless development. Dan Ponti, president of Redwood City Neighbors United recently published this OP-ED in the Daily News:  The Aug. 16 Daily...
As many of us know, last week was Shark Week, a highly publicized event originally created by the Discovery Channel to promote shark conservation. Recently, it has been adopted by the environmental community as a platform to discuss the various issues of sharks and their habitat. Here at Save The Bay, we took advantage of this media-crazed event to promote awareness of Bay Area sharks with a...
Next month, the Alameda County Waste Management Authority – Stopwaste – will assess the effectiveness of the county’s plastic bag ban and consider whether or not to expand it to all types of stores. Save The Bay is encouraging Stopwaste to close the gaps in their current policy and ban plastic bags at all retailers, just as Richmond, El Cerrito, Walnut Creek, and many other Bay Area cities have...
Alex Mustille has been volunteering with Save The Bay for 5 years! Meet Alexander Mustille, a Data Consultant for Kaiser Permanente from Pacifica, CA! How many years have you volunteered with Save The Bay? 5 years! Do you have a favorite site or experience? Favorite site is MLK Shoreline. I was able to eradicate many blackberry bushes on site 3 or 4 years ago. How did you get involved with Save...
Marin Headlands in the summer. Photo by Jackie Richardson. With summer coming to an end, take these moments to enjoy what the Bay Area has to offer without the hustle and bustle of the city. As a Bay Area native, I am extremely fortunate to have so many open spaces and hiking trails nearby, but with that easy access comes the usual crowd of fellow adventure-seekers. Here are just a few of my...
The broadnose sevengill shark is one of six shark species that live in San Francisco Bay. The Bay Area is lucky to have six resident shark species and one species of ray living in the San Francisco Bay, although there were once more. Several species of sharks are considered threatened or vulnerable because they tend to mature relatively late in life and put a lot of effort into reproducing only...
A massive wave of oil is about to hit the Bay Area. The explosion of hydraulic fracturing and extraction of high-grade oil from the Bakken shale formation in the Dakotas and Canada have resulted in the biggest North American oil boom in a generation.  Over a half-million barrels of oil per day are being sucked from the ground and shipped to refineries across North America.  And increasingly, that...
Did you know that smoking is not allowed in many outdoor areas in Berkeley and is banned on the UC Berkeley campus? Still, thousands of cigarette butts are casually tossed on Berkeley streets, where they enter storm drains and flow out into the Bay. We are placing ads on bus shelters around Berkeley. Can you help us? Most smokers aren’t aware that smoking is illegal in these areas and...

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