Congresswoman Jackie Speier Announces Introduction of San Francisco Bay Improvement Act of 2010

April 22, 2010

Congresswoman Jackie Speier will announce introduction of the San Francisco Bay Improvement Act of 2010 on Friday, April 23, at 11:00 a.m. at the Bay Shoreline in South San Francisco. The bill authorizes approximately $100 million annually over 10 years to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to fund efforts to restore and improve the environmental health of San Francisco Bay. 

“Cleaning up the Bay is a critical undertaking. We have to curb the harmful effects of pollution while conserving our water resources, restoring the natural landscape, protecting our fish and wildlife, and rebuilding our local communities.  This is a long term investment in our own future and enacting this legislation is the smart and right thing to do.”

The bill is cosponsored by the members of the Bay Area Congressional delegation: Anna Eshoo, John Garamendi, Mike Honda, Barbara Lee, Zoe Lofgren, Jerry McNerney, George Miller, Pete Stark, Mike Thompson and Lynn Woolsey.

David Lewis, Executive Director of Save the Bay, applauded Congresswoman Speier and the Bay Area delegation ahead of introducing the bill.  “The Bay region is fortunate to have in place strong science-based plans, professionals and dedicated volunteers to advance the goal of a healthier Bay, but more resources to implement that goal will be crucial in the decade ahead.  We strongly endorse the San Francisco Bay Improvement Act and commend Representative Speier for her environmental stewardship.” 

Congresswoman Speier will be joined by representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership, Save the Bay, The Bay Institute and other organizations dedicated to conserving the Bay.