Nominate a Bay Hero

San Francisco Bay is more than a large body of water. It’s the symbol of our region that inspires many of our unique activities, hobbies, and local jobs. Which is why we are excited to announce a new blog feature that celebrates our Bay lifestyle. Introducing, Bay Heroes!

A Bay Hero is someone who has an inspirational, meaningful or impactful relationship with San Francisco Bay. Here are some of the Bay Heroes we’ve recognized already:

Adam Sewall, Fisherman
Captain Adam Sewall of the Sunrise Fish Company spends long days fishing halibut from his one-man fishing boat in the San Francisco Bay and along the Marin coast.

Bridget Quinn, Swimmer
Bridget Quinn is a local athlete who swims in San Francisco Bay and participated in the 2015 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

Cris Benton, Ariel Kite Photographer
Aerial kite photographer Cris Benton uses a kite to fly a radio-controlled camera to great heights, bringing the intricate details of the South Bay’s salt ponds into focus. His images have also been used to assist the South Bay Salt Pond restoration effort.

Linda Gass, Textile Artist
Los Altos based textile artist Linda Gass creates vibrant stitched paintings that explore the water and landscapes of the San Francisco Bay, making statements about land use and the importance of wetland restoration.

Maggie McDonogh, Ferry Boat Captain
Captain Maggie McDonogh is the President, CEO and fourth generation Captain of the Angel Island – Tiburon Ferry Company, now celebrating over 55 years serving the community on San Francisco Bay.

If you share a similar love and appreciation for our Bay, we want to hear from you! Email me at if you’re interested in sharing your Bay story with us.

3 Reasons to connect with us on social media

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Save The Bay’s social media sites serve as a hub for the exchange of ideas, photographs, and stories about the people and wildlife who call the Bay Area home. It’s no secret that our lives and our communities are all connected to the Bay, so why not connect online with an organization dedicated to protecting and restoring our region’s most beloved natural resource?

Here are 3 reasons to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn

  1. Stay in the know:

    Living in a beautiful region like the Bay Area comes with great responsibility to be aware of the issues that impact our Bay and lifestyle. Follow us on social media for the latest news updates about our region. Learn about local Bay Heroes, current and future threats to our home, and the many ways to make the Bay Area better. Our social media feeds feature thought-provoking blogs highlighting climate change and regional population boom, breaking news about San Francisco Bay, and new volunteer and job listings. Plus, you’ll be inspired by the striking images of this place we all call home.

  2. Your voice matters:

    Save The Bay is an environmental advocacy organization that encourages thoughtful discussion about the issues that matter to you most. Social media is a great way for us to learn more about you! Tell us what you think by responding to our posts, voicing your concerns, or asking us questions about the region’s most pressing environmental issues using #AskSaveTheBay and we’ll address them on Facebook and Twitter. We also encourage you to share your kodak moments by the Bay with us on Instagram using #MyBayPhoto and we’ll feature them on our feed.

  3. Take a stand:

    Making a positive impact in your community is a lot easier than you think. Whether you’re passionate about getting the Bay to zero trash or restoring our shoreline, it only takes one click to take action on the issues that matter most to you. Take action online or sign up to get your hands dirty at our community volunteer restoration events.

We depend on the Bay as much as the Bay depends on us to stay informed, ask questions, and support actions that help keep it thriving for years to come. There’s only one Bay Area and one San Francisco Bay. Show the Bay some love by following us on social media.

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Climate change is now, not tomorrow

A volunteer assesses the difference between a normal high tide and Monday's King Tide. Photo by: Vivian Reed
A King Tide offers a preview of what’s coming as global climate change raises sea levels. Photo by: Vivian A. Reed

Climate deniers and climate supporters have long voiced their opinion about climate change and its projected impacts on the planet. While throwing a snowball in the senate certainly adds color to the conversation, within the last month we’ve witnessed a dramatic shift in climate change discourse on a global scale.

In America, the federal court confirmed the Environmental Protection Agency’s legal right to curb greenhouse gases from large power plants, refineries and chemical factories.  And on the international stage, Pope Francis called for swift, unified action on climate change in his encyclical.

Climate disruption in our own backyard

So what does climate change mean for us here in the Bay Area? This news segment by ABC 7 News (KGOTV) explains:

According to the newscast, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission estimates that a 55 inch rise in sea level could cost San Francisco $62 billion and put 270,000 people at risk of flooding. But, we’re expecting much more water to flood the region — another recent study estimated $10.4 billion from potential flooding damage after an extreme storm.

One significant way to prepare for the risks of a changing climate is to restore wetlands along the Bay shoreline. In addition to carbon sequestration and protecting endangered wildlife, transition zone wetlands act as a natural buffer that protects local communities, businesses, and residents from flooding by slowing down and soaking up large quantities of water runoff during rainstorms and tidal inflow.

Act Locally
Each weekend hundreds of community volunteers actively discover the many benefits our wetlands provide. Youth and adults dedicate 3 hours of their time to help restore our shoreline by planting native plants, removing invasive species, or cleaning up trash. Taken together, we know first hand the impact you can make:

Thanks to more than 65,000 volunteers and a dedicated staff, we’ve made a lot of progress in restoring our wetlands. With the projected impacts of climate change, it’s going to take all of us to help protect our region from an uncertain future.

National and global leaders have made it clear, climate change awareness isn’t enough, action is required on our part. Are you in?

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TAKE ACTION: Save our Bay from Stormwater Pollution


Earlier this year we launched an ambitious stormwater pollution prevention campaign called Zero Trash, Zero Excuse. While many of you have already taken our educational 5-question Stormwater Quiz and pledged to hold cities and yourselves accountable for litteringnow you can make an even more meaningful difference by  helping us win stronger regulations that will actually keep trash from entering our Bay.

At this very moment, the Regional Water Quality Control Board is considering changes to a regulation known as the Regional Stormwater Permit. This agency and this permit are the keys to keeping trash out of our Bay. To make sure these regulations are strong, we need the Water Board to hear from local residents like you who love the Bay. But time is running out: the deadline for public comment is this Friday July 10 at midnight.

Please join us in asking the Water Board to adopt a stronger permit to eliminate trash flowing into San Francisco Bay.

Watch the videos below to learn more about the Regional Stormwater Permit, the public comment period, and Bay pollution:

May 2015 Blog Roundup

The top two most read blogs last month were about the lessons learned from Santa Barbara’s most recent oil spill and local protest against a proposal to transport crude by rail in the Bay Area. While crude oil was a topic that dominated headlines in May, Save The Bay staff writers also took some time to blog about a trio of dedicated “all-star” volunteers, a successful cigarette butt trash cleanup in El Cerrito, and launching the 2015 Bay-A-Thon.

Lessons from the Latest Spill
David Lewis, Executive Director

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Last month’s oil spill in Santa Barbara County could be best described as a crude awakening for California. But, could San Francisco Bay share the same disastrous fate in the future? Executive Director David Lewis answers that question and more in our blog. Read more>>




Big Oil In Our Backyard: Activism At Home
Daniel Adel, Communications Volunteer Spring 2015

Trains carrying crude are proposed to come to Benicia. Photo by. Daniel Adel

In recent years, Bay Area refineries have been pushing for an expansion project, which includes allowing the transport of crude oil by train. This proposal puts our Bay and local communities at risk, but some residents living along the banks of the Carquinez Strait are doing something about it. Read more>>




Meet 3 Bay All Stars
Jon Backus, Restoration Program Manager

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Who are Steven Russell, Steve Haas, and Sheldon Nelson? We like to call them “Bay All-Stars” for their long term commitment and dedication to help restore our wetlands.  Read more>>




Earth Day Cleanup For a #ButtFreeBay
Maura Mooney, Spring 2015 Policy Volunteer

Earth Day Cigarette Butt Cleanup

The results are in! Find out how many cigarettes were collected along El Cerrito’s busiest city streets in just three hours. We’ll give you a hint, it’s a 5-figure number.
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6 ways to celebrate the 2015 Bay-A-Thon
Monica Canfield-Lenfest, Editorial and Outreach Manager

BAT_LightboxLast month we kickstarted our 2015 Bay-A-Thon campaign. Here are 6 ways you can help keep San Francisco Bay healthy for years to come! Read more>>





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