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Sometimes, a new perspective of the world around us is all it takes to “disconnect to reconnect” with the self. Photo By: Vivian Reed It seems like it was only yesterday when my Dad purchased our first family desktop computer in 1996. During that time school computer labs were furnished with clunky, colorful Macintosh desktop computers, CDs and VHS tapes predated MP3s and Netflix, and...
The Benicia that might of have been: a modern Benicia map with the original 1847 layout of streets superimposed, extending far up into its hills and out into the waters of the Carquinez Strait. Courtesy Steve McKee Ever wondered how San Francisco looked with its fabled Yerba Buena Cove? Come visit the north side of the Carquinez Strait, to its pre-Gold Rush rival. In the now sleepy town of...
In our efforts to protect and restore the Bay, we often meet with local, state and federal elected officials, senior staff at resource and regulatory agencies, and appointees to state boards and commissions. But over the last several years, we’ve left no stone unturned in our effort to prevent the largest Bay fill development in decades, Cargill’s proposal to build 12,000 homes on Bay salt ponds...
A “Horizontal Levee” is under development at Oro Loma. Rendering courtesy The Bay Institute. This spring, Save The Bay’s Habitat Restoration team laid the groundwork of an enormous and unprecedented effort to create new habitat at a sewage treatment plant in San Lorenzo. The 10-acre project at the Oro Loma wastewater treatment plant will eventually include a manmade wetland basin and...
Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge. Photo by: Britta Heise. Picture this: You wake up before sunrise and head out the door with your camera in one hand and a half eaten breakfast burrito (with avocado, of course) in the other. You’re heading for an unexplored destination that you’ve goggled the night before.  As the dark blue and black hues of night give way to a morning sky, your adrenaline...
Trash is an ugly topic. It’s rarely discussed, and many people find it all too easy to ignore. It’s become commonplace in our cities, and littering, especially cigarette butts, is almost second nature to some Bay Area folks. Trash in the bay is a huge problem, but it is a compilation of hundreds of thousands of tiny parts: food wrappers tossed out of a car window, plastic bags blown out of a...
Save The Bay is launching our first ever Bay photo contest. And we need your submission! As a benefit of membership, Save The Bay publishes a full-color, full-sized wall calendar featuring famous San Francisco Bay vistas and its flora and fauna.  The photos in our calendar remind us why this region is so beloved both to locals and visitors—sweeping vistas filled with light and color, incredible...
Save The Bay Office Volunteers (left to right): Melisa Lim, Jennifer Inman, Jennifer Braun, Daniel Adel. Photo by. Jon Backus On March 19, I got the chance to engage in field work far out in the tidal marsh wetlands of Hayward’s Eden Landing Ecological Reserve, one of Save The Bay’s restoration sites. I spent much of the morning and afternoon feeling the bay breeze and soil. It was a...
The proposed development of “Area 4″ in Newark. Decades ago, this area was healthy tidal marsh, and could be again. But the City of Newark is continuing plans to pave Area 4 and build hundreds of houses and an 18-hole golf course. Photo Credit: Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge. In the 1993 movie, “Groundhog Day,” a weatherman played by Bill Murray finds himself caught in a time loop,...
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...

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"A team of colleagues from Juniper Networks joined you all at San Francisquito Creek in late December, and even though it was a wet and chilly day, we had a great time planting seedlings. It was great to see how much my colleagues and friends loved participating, and just about everyone is clamoring for another volunteer stint in the spring. Thanks Save the Bay!" --Carolyn

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