Bay Nature to honor Executive Director David Lewis as 2017 Local Hero

David Lewis, Executive Director, Save The BaySave The Bay Executive Director David Lewis has been announced as the recipient of the 2017 Bay Nature Local Hero Award for Conservation Action.

He will be honored by the conservation nonprofit Bay Nature Institute alongside a “dynamic duo” in the field of citizen science, and an inspiring organizer of tree-planting initiatives in East Palo Alto. These awards are presented annually to recognize dedicated extraordinary contributions to the protection, stewardship, and understanding of the environment of the San Francisco Bay Area.

The award recipients will be honored at Bay Nature’s Local Hero Awards Dinner on Sunday, March 26, 2017, at the UCSF Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco.

From Bay Nature:

David Lewis has been an effective advocate, tireless organizer, and articulate spokesperson for San Francisco Bay for more than 18 years. As executive director of Save The Bay, David has brought together diverse stakeholders, from public officials to grassroots activists, to forge regional solutions to the Bay’s most pressing challenges. He has helped build Save The Bay into a regional political force, culminating with his leadership of the successful campaign for Measure AA, the first ever voter-approved region-wide funding measure in the Bay Area. Passed in June 2016, Measure AA secures $500 million for the restoration of San Francisco Bay wetlands and shoreline over the next 20 years. David’s keen political instincts and strategic vision were critical in achieving this milestone victory for the Bay. Under David’s leadership, Save the Bay has also engaged thousands of Bay Area residents in volunteer habitat restoration projects around the Bay shoreline. David says, “It’s such a privilege to work for a healthy Bay with a large and growing community of people who care for this remarkable natural treasure and produce results that we can see and touch.”

Bay Nature’s other awardees for 2017 are Environmental Education Award winners Rebecca Johnson & Alison Young, co-coordinators of the Citizen Science Project at California Academy of Sciences and Youth Engagement Award winner Uriel Hernandez, a community forestry coordinator from the nonprofit Canopy.

Urgent: Prop 67 support is slipping

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Plastic bags litter our communities and kill wildlife every day. Thousands of sea turtles, otters, and birds become entangled in plastic bags every year, and many more animals mistake these bags for food, fill their stomachs with plastic and die of starvation.

Chances are you’re already planning to vote Yes on Prop 67 to ban these harmful bags.

But that may not be enough.

New polling shows support for Prop 67 has slipped below 50%, which means the deceptive tactics of the plastic industry are working. We need to reach far more Bay Area voters in the next two weeks in order to win.

Fortunately, we have a plan to gain ground with the independent voters who will decide the fate of the bag ban. Working with the Yes On 67 campaign, we will be putting highly targeted online ads in front of voters we know are undecided on this issue. We know that most Californians are with us on this issue–we just need to reach them, and that costs money.

Our research shows that most California voters support the goal of banning bags, but either don’t know about Prop 67 or have been confused by Big Plastic’s deceptive campaign to overturn the ban. They wonder why there are two plastic bag measures on the ballot. (Short answer: Because Big Plastic wants to confuse voters–but environmental organizations up and down the state say Yes On 67 and No On 65.)

The plastic industry has spent more than $6 million to confuse voters, and the truth is environmental organizations have just a tiny fraction of that to get the facts out.

Thankfully, the affordability of online ads means that for every dollar we spend, we can reach two key voters with multiple impressions between now and election day. Our goal is to reach an additional 30,000 voters who will make the difference on this issue. Supporters can help us reach this goal by making a donation today.


Paid for by Save The Bay Action Fund Committee to Support Prop 67. Major funding by Save The Bay.


Landmark environmental films: a Bay Day screening

Warning, Warning & Watermark Film Screening at David Brower Center

Hosted by David Brower Center
Saturday, October 1, 2–4 p.m.
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

To celebrate the first annual Bay Day, enjoy a screening of  Watermark, a feature-length documentary by Edward Burtynsky that brings together diverse stories from around the globe about our relationship with water. The program will also include a screening of Warning Warning, a 1970 short film by Harvey Richards that helped build support for the Save the Bay movement.


Discover the Bay by Kayak

Night Kayak with City Kayak

Bay sailors, paddle boarders, and those crazy cold-water swimmers may disagree, but I think there’s no better way to experience the magic of San Francisco Bay than by kayak.

Here are three great places to get out on the Bay in a kayak:

Explore the Bay Trail

Bay Trail

If you love the Bay, you probably love The San Francisco Bay Trail.

The Bay Trail is 350 miles of walking and cycling path around the entire San Francisco Bay running through all nine Bay Area counties, 47 cities, and across the region’s seven toll bridges. It connects communities to parks, open spaces, schools, transit and to each other, and also provides a great alternative commute corridor. When complete, it will cover 500 miles.

Find out how and where you can get on the trail

Because the trail circumnavigates the entire San Francisco Bay, a wide variety of landscapes and experiences can be found. For a bustling scene, walk or bike the Embarcadero in San Francisco on a sunny (or foggy) afternoon. For peace and solitude interrupted only by bird song and windswept grasses, make your way to the Tubbs Island Trail on the shores of San Pablo Bay in Sonoma County. Nearly 225 miles of the existing Bay Trail are paved, and 127 miles are natural surface trails of varying widths. In some locations, the Bay Trail consists of bike lanes and sidewalks. In addition to walkers and cyclists, the trail is used by joggers, skaters, birdwatchers, photographers, kite-flyers, wheelchair riders, picnickers, and more.