Office Volunteer Roundup

Since launching our office volunteer program in 2012, Save The Bay has benefited tremendously from the professional support of a diverse group of talented volunteers from all walks of Bay life. Our volunteers conduct policy research, write marketing materials, help us connect with donors, and get down and dirty with our habitat restoration crew. They’ve also contributed some of our most memorable blog posts–here are just a few of their stories.

The Value of Native Plants by Caty Varian

Native plants evolved to live with the local climate, soil types, and wildlife and are crucial to establishing and maintaining a healthy San Francisco Bay. Save The Bay’s on-the-ground wetland restoration projects aim to re-establish native plants in the transition zone, creating important buffer areas adjacent to tidal marshes.

Big Oil in Our Backyard by Daniel AdelSaveHealthyBenicia2

A former state capital, not to mention an early contender for Metropolis of the West, Benicia, a sleepy town just shy of 27,000 people, remains hidden from public imagination. Visitors describe the city as quaint and picturesque – a vision that runs counter to the reality that the eastern end of the city fronting Suisun Bay is the site of heavy industry.

What A Waste: Trash and Your Taxes by Maura Mooney CityTrashCost_MauraBlog

Why spend the time and the money removing trash from the environment when we can prevent it from entering in the first place? Save The Bay has worked closely on source control campaigns in the past for some of the most persistent and pervasive trash items: plastic bags and styrofoam containers. We are now turning our attention to a new trash source, the biggest and baddest in the bay area: cigarette butts.

A History of Bay Area Water Usage by Rochelle ReuterOhlone_image

The population of the San Francisco Bay Area has changed dramatically since the Ohlone first settled along the shores of our beloved estuary. During the Gold Rush, San Francisco grew from a small settlement of 200 residents to a booming city of 36,000 residents in just 6 years.

Trash Dumps and the History of the Bay Shoreline by Maya Wolf

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Before there were dumps and dump parties, there were wetlands, home to a thriving habitat of flora and fauna. Decades of rampant filling in of shallow areas destroyed 90 percent of San Francisco Bay’s wetlands. Scientists say the Bay needs 100,000 acres of tidal marsh to thrive, more than double that which exists today.

Interested in helping us in the near future? We are always looking for motivated volunteers to help out.