Bay restoration on the ballot

From L-R: Save The Bay Executive Director David Lewis; State Assemblymember Sally Lieber, Ret.; Mountain View Mayor Pat Showalter; San Mateo County Supervisor and Bay Restoration Authority Governing Board Chair Dave Pine; State Coastal Conservancy Executive Officer Sam Schuchat; and Coastal Conservancy Deputy Executive Officer Amy Hutzel.

Great news! Thanks to a groundswell of support, Bay Area voters will now have a chance to vote for a Clean and Healthy Bay this June.

In a nutshell, the Clean and Healthy Bay measure proposes a modest $12 parcel tax that would help fund much needed large scale wetland restoration projects around San Francisco Bay. If passed, this ballot measure would:

  • Make the Bay healthier for wildlife
  • Protect shoreline communities and vital infrastructure
  • Improve Bay water quality
  • Increase public access to trails and recreation

Living in the Bay Area comes with a great responsibility to protect San Francisco Bay itself. The Bay has long been central to our identity as a region and helps drive our region’s economic and social wealth.  Thanks to the Bay Restoration Authority we have a real shot at realizing this vision for a healthy Bay.

Passing this measure is no easy feat and success is far from certain. We’re going to need your help from now until June to support this critical piece of legislation.

This is the greatest opportunity in a generation to restore our Bay for people, wildlife, and our economy. Are you in?

5 Bay-Friendly holiday tips

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The real issue behind the recent Starbucks cup controversy isn’t the design; it’s the (single-use disposable) cups themselves. Inspired by this recent latte-fueled uproar, we want to remind you to keep the Bay in mind when you’re out shopping this holiday season.


  • Don’t trash your gift wrap:
    Get creative with gift wrapping this holiday season by using products like newspaper, baskets, and even a reusable bag to keep your gift a surprise! Often times waste from gift wrap doesn’t even end up in the landfill. Carried by wind, rain and other elements, our littered trash ends up in our streets and flows into the Bay.


  • Reuse, Reuse, Reuse:
    We know that it’s easier to use single-use, disposable utensils and stemware items at your holiday party, but it generates a lot of additional waste. This season ditch these disposable items and reach for reusable products to serve your food and drinks.



What do you appreciate most about SF Bay?

Thanks to supporters like you we have a lot of things to be thankful for this holiday season. Earlier this week I asked our staff to share some of the things they are grateful for and posted it on our Instagram account. Now it’s your turn!

Are you on Instagram? If so, I hope you’ll share some photos of why you’re grateful to live, work and play by SF Bay. Here’s how:

  • Take a photo of your favorite Bay escape or recreational activity and post it on Instagram.
  • Give a shout out on why you love the Bay and tag it with #MyBayPhoto.
  • Make sure to follow us and tag your photo with @savesfbay.

If you’re not on Instagram, no problem. You can still browse our Instagram gallery for inspiration!

Thanks for all the ways you love our Bay!

First rain flushes dirty trash into SF Bay


It’s been a long time since wet weather dominated news headlines in the Bay Area. While we welcome the first significant rainfall in many, there is a dirty truth that accompanies this storm: first flush.

First flush is particularly problematic in the Bay Area because our region is so developed and our roadways are mostly paved over, making it impossible for water to seep back into the ground.  Rainwater moves along pollutants like pesticides, oil from cars, mercury, PCBs, bacteria, and trash. And to make matters worse, trash accumulates in periods of dry weather.

Here in the Bay Area most of the trash in our Bay comes directly from our city streets. It funnels into storm drains and gets flushed into San Francisco Bay, unfiltered.

In 2015, Save The Bay launched the Zero Trash, Zero Excuse campaign against stormwater pollution, broadening the scope of our pollution prevention work. The goal of this campaign was to kickstart a much need conversation about taking care of our Bay by reducing the amount of trash that flows from our streets through storm drains and out into our waterways. More than 1,200 people signed the Zero Trash Pledge!

Today’s rain is a good reminder of why we need to reduce the amount of trash entering storm drains — water from storms flows from our urban streets directly out into the Bay. Toxic trash in our streets — cigarette butts, plastic bags, food containers — are carried along with it, poisoning our local waterways and harming wildlife.

What can you do?

  • Don’t litter — that includes cigarette butts: they’re toxic, plastic trash
  • Move your car on street cleaning days — Street cleaning helps to remove trash and other pollutants
  • Cover your trash cans — Prevent trash from blowing into the street
  • Take the Zero Trash Pledge — Join the regional movement to keep trash out of our Bay

While we are excited for rain, this first storm reminds us there’s a lot of work left to be done to keep toxic pollution from flowing into San Francisco Bay.