Wetlands are the transition area between open water and dry land, constantly appearing and disappearing with the ebb and flow of tides. As the heart and lungs of the Bay, wetlands support over 500 species of fish and wildlife, from the smallest microorganisms to the largest of seals. In addition to providing vital habitat, the Bay’s wetlands fulfill a central role in community and environmental health by:
- Improving water quality by filtering out trash and toxics
- Capturing and storing greenhouse gasses from earth’s atmosphere
- Serving as buffers against storms, flooding, and erosion control
- Supporting thousands of jobs in industries such as tourism, fishing, recreation, and education.
- Connecting residents to hundreds of parks, open spaces, and agricultural lands across the Bay Area