Why Wetland Restoration?

Bay tidal marsh is a transitional area between open water and dry land, constantly appearing and disappearing with the ebb and flow of tides. Healthy tidal marshes serve as the lungs of the Bay, giving life to hundreds of fish and wildlife species and billions of small organisms that form the base of the food chain. Tidal marshes and other wetlands provide major benefits to the community:

  • Clean Water - Healthy Bay tidal marshes trap polluted runoff before toxins can reach open Bay water. Wetland plants filter the pollution to actually clean the waters of the Bay.
  • Help Curb Global Warming – Tidal marshes can capture and store carbon from the atmosphere.
  • Habitat for Sensitive Species - Healthy tidal marshes provide coverage from predators during high tides, breeding grounds, and food for hundreds of threatened and endangered species.
  • Protect Communities from Floods and Sea Level Rise – Many residents don’t realize they live and work at or below sea level and are protected by outdated levees. Wetlands act as sponges, slowing down and soaking up large quantities of water from rain storms and high tides. 
  • Open Space and Recreation –Wetlands are beautiful areas of open space around the highly urbanized Bay Area, providing residents with areas to hike, bird-watch, bike, kayak, and more.
  • Economic Benefits - California’s wetlands provide tremendous benefits to the state from tourism, fishing, and recreation. 

Greening The Bay

Save The Bay's report, Greening The Bay outlined the need for 100,000 acres of tidal marsh habitat around the Bay and identified local funding as the key to creating a healthy Bay for future generations. 

Save The Bay worked with the California Legislature and supporters from business, government, and environmental organizations to create the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, a regional body with the power to raise and allocate much needed local resources for the “restoration, enhancement, protection, and enjoyment of wetlands and wildlife habitat in the San Francisco Bay and along its shoreline.”

“Local funding is crucial to protect the Bay’s natural shorelines, safeguard homes and businesses from flooding, and create thousands of jobs in our communities.”
-Jim Wunderman, President & CEO of the Bay Area Council

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