Celebrate with us on Bay Day!

Bay Day

San Francisco Bay: Beautiful views. Bold ideas and innovative people. Diverse cities… And nature so close, it’s in the fabric of our daily life.

This is our Bay, and we believe it deserves to be celebrated because there’s no place like it in the world. That’s why we’re establishing Bay Day—one official day every year for everyone to come together and celebrate the Bay.

Bay Day is like Earth Day… for our Bay

Bay Day is one official day every year for the entire Bay Area to celebrate our Bay. Families, communities, and businesses throughout the region will celebrate Bay Day in their own, unique ways, but we are all united in our San Francisco Bay pride. We’re launching Bay Day on Saturday October 1, 2016.

More than a stunning view

Why celebrate our Bay? Don’t be fooled by the bridges, levees, and city skylines—the Bay is wild and alive. In fact, it’s the largest and most ecologically important estuary on the west coast. It is home to 400 native species, an important stop for migratory birds on the Pacific Flyway, and a rich habitat for salmon, herring and many other fish. Larger animals including harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, and seven species of sharks all call the Bay home.

Our Bay plays such a big role in the amazing quality of life we enjoy here in the Bay Area, and whether it’s a view from the hills, brunch on the waterfront, a walk on the Bay Trail, or kayaking the shoreline, there’s always more to explore.

Help us bring Bay Day to life

Families, communities, and businesses throughout the region will celebrate Bay Day in their own, unique ways, but we are all united in our San Francisco Bay pride. Here are three ways you can get involved:

  1. Help us make Bay Day official. Sign our petition asking Bay Area leaders to issue a Bay Day proclamation!
  2. Sign your business, organization, or community group up to celebrate Bay Day and be part of the buzz! It’s a great way to share your group’s San Francisco Bay pride.
  3. Sign up for our email updates and be the first to know about special Bay Day activities, discounts and prizes.

Help us make Bay Day official. Sign our petition asking Bay Area leaders to issue a Bay Day proclamation!

5 Simple Earth Day Activities

  1. Volunteer w/ our restoration team20121216_Restoration_PAB_Vivian 35BM
    Our restoration team loves having members of the public join the front lines of Bay Area conservation. Volunteer restoration days are a great hands-on learning experience for kids as well as adults. The program helps promote environmental stewardship, and the work done in the field will quickly transform into pride in a job well done. Celebrate Earth Day by signing up for an upcoming restoration program.
  2. Pledge to vote YES on Measure AA

    On June 7, voters around the Bay Area will have a unique opportunity to vote for the future of San Francisco Bay. In addition to the presidential primary, ballots in all 9 Bay Area counties will include Measure AA, the Clean and Healthy Bay Ballot Measure. This is a modest parcel tax of $12 that will generate $500 million over 20 years for Bay shoreline protection and restoration. Sign the pledge to vote YES today and celebrate Earth Day every day!
  3. Donate to Save The Bay
    Demonstrate your commitment to our local environment by donating to Save The Bay in honor of Earth Day. Save The Bay inspires community action by providing all residents with the chance to make a difference in their own backyards, both through grassroots advocacy and through volunteer opportunities along the shoreline. For 55 years, people have trusted us to fight for the Bay Area’s unique landscape & preserve it for future generations. We do not take the Bay for granted, nor the support we receive from involved folks like you. Make a gift to Save The Bay this Earth Day to help carry on a legacy of working for a thriving San Francisco Bay.
  4. Help our region get to Zero Trash

    The Zero Trash, Zero Excuse campaign urges Bay Area cities to reduce trash that is flowing from our streets out into the Bay. There are a lot of people in this concentrated metropolitan area, and that leads to a lot of litter. Trash in our streets is picked up by stormwater and funneled into the Bay through storm drains. Many cities are taking action — is yours? Check out our map of local cities on the path to zero trash here.
  5. Share Bay Story w/ us & others

    Calling all humans! We’re pleased to announce our new social media campaign, Humans of the Bay. This series highlights Bay Area individuals who are outspoken about their support of Measure AA. We want to hear your story — why do you want a clean and healthy Bay? We love sharing the stories of our community, and often find that voices from peers can help make tough decisions. This Earth Day let us know why you are voting yes on Measure AA!


Getting Muddy for Earth Day

Early this morning, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) joined Save The Bay and California Coastal Conservancy staff at Eden Landing for an Earth Day planting event.  Swalwell, who was elected to Congress in 2012, didn’t hesitate to get his hands dirty.

Rep. Swalwell gets muddy
Rep. Eric Swalwell gets muddy while he helps plant native vegetation at Eden Landing in Hayward.

In partnership with the South Bay Salt Ponds Restoration Project and California Department of Fish and Game, Save The Bay is working to restore transition zone habitat adjacent to tidal wetlands at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in Hayward.  We bring volunteers out for hands-on restoration and stewardship projects to improve habitat, furthering the connection between our communities and the Bay.

On this beautiful morning, Congressman Swalwell helped us plant Seaside Arrowgrass (Triglochin maritima), one of many species critical to the transition zone where dry land slopes down in to open waters.  Native plants like Arrowgrass thrive here, and provide critical habitat for threatened and endangered species like the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse.

Want to come out and join us for a planting day?  Check out our public program calendar and reserve a spot today.

Notes from the Field | Earth Day around the Bay

In celebration of Earth Day, this past weekend Save The Bay partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Don Edwards National Wildlife Refuge, REI, the Lucy Evans Nature Center, the Environmental Volunteers Eco Center, and a total of 76 community volunteers to clean up and restore habitat at several sites along the San Francisco Bay shoreline.  Each of our programs offered a unique opportunity to get outside and experience the beauty of SF Bay, as well as learn about our local ecosystems.

Ravenswood Pond in East Palo Alto

Earth Day at Ravenswood
Volunteers learn more about the Bay before helping to restore Ravenswood Pond. Photo: Judy Irving (c) Pelican Media

This pond is a top priority in the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project – the largest tidal wetland restoration project on the West Coast – and has undergone construction to become a reconfigured managed pond that tests multiple approaches to nesting islands and habitat for shorebirds and other pond-dependent species. Save The Bay and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been partnering at this site since 2008 to remove trash and non-native species, and reestablish native habitat.

This past weekend 38 volunteers contributed to the restoration of Ravenswood Pond by removing over 600 pounds of invasive, non-native slender-leaf ice plant, as well as 40 pounds of trash from the along the road and tidal marsh transition zone.

Palo Alto Baylands

The Palo Alto Baylands consists of approximately 1,940 acres in Palo and East Palo Alto. This area was originally purchased in 1921 for the development of a municipal airport, salt-water swimming pool, yacht harbor and clubhouse, playgrounds, picnic groups, golf course, and game reserve. In the 1960s, local activists – including Lucy Evans and Harriet Mundy – fought for the protection of the Baylands’ natural habitats, halting a $30 million private development plan. In 1992, the Emily Renzel Wetlands restoration project was completed with a $1,000,000 grant from the California Coastal Conservancy. Save The Bay has been partnering with the City of Palo Alto at several sites in the Palo Alto Baylands since 2001 – removing trash and non-native plants, and planting native seedlings.

Weeding at Compass Point
Volunteers removed 780 pounds of invasive plants at Compass Point.

This past weekend 38 community members volunteered at the Save The Bay Palo Alto Native Plant Nursery, and Compass Point. They removed 780 pounds of invasive, non-native mustard and radish, watered native seedlings that were planted this past winter, and propagated over 700 new native plant species to be planted next year.

Thank you everyone who contributed their time this past weekend!

As Margaret Meade said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

At Save The Bay we will continue to give back each weekend with the help of community members like you. Come join us!

Weekly Roundup | April 19, 2013

newspaperCheck out this week’s Weekly Roundup for breaking news affecting San Francisco Bay.

Slate 4/19/13
Seven Spectacular Places Saved by the Environmental Movement
The first Earth Day, in 1970, was inspired by anger. The nation was a mess. Four million gallons of oil from a blown offshore well were smearing California beaches. Flames leapt from the surface of Ohio’s Cuyahoga River. Bald eagles, our national symbol, had been winnowed by hunting and chemical pollution to a few hundred breeding pairs in the lower 48 states. It’s no wonder that 20 million people took to the streets.

Tri-City Voice 4/16/13
Beyond Earth Day
Picking up a few empty bottles or planting some trees Earth Day morning has become regular duty for any Bay Area resident with a conscience. The trio below just kept going after “E Day” and shows how average people can make a big difference in our place by the Bay.  Steve Haas started volunteering with Save the Bay about four years ago. Save The Bay is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving San Francisco Bay and has been doing it for over 50 years. The management consulting and software development professional retired about two years ago and spends more and more of his free time with Save the Bay and other environmental organizations, getting out once or twice a month to assist projects at Eden Landing in Hayward and other locations on the Peninsula. The projects involve removing invasive plants, planting native species, mulching, and watering. Haas says he enjoys all of these, but especially removing the invasive plants.
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San Francisco Bay Guardian Online 4/16/13
Warriors Arena proposal rouses supporters and opponents
Rival teams have formed in the last week to support and oppose the proposed Warriors Arena at Piers 30-32 as the California Legislature considers a new bill to approve the project, a new design is about to be released, and a trio of San Francisco agencies prepares to hold informational hearings.  Fresh off the collapse of two of the city’s biggest development deals, Mayor Ed Lee and his allies are pushing hard to lock in what he hopes will be his “legacy project.” A new group of local business leaders calling itself Warriors on the Waterfront held a rally on the steps of City Hall today, emphasizing the project’s job creation, community partnerships, and revitalization of a dilapidated stretch of waterfront.
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San Jose Mercury News 4/13/13
Family of beavers found living in downtown San Jose
A family of beavers has moved into Silicon Valley, taking up residence along the Guadalupe River in the heart of downtown San Jose.  The discovery of the three semiaquatic rodents — famous for their flat tails, brown coats and huge teeth — a few hundred yards from freeways, tall office buildings and the HP Pavilion represents the most high-profile Bay Area sighting since a beaver family settled in Martinez in 2006. The discovery of those beavers sparked national headlines when city leaders at first tried to remove them and then backed down after public outcry.  The appearance of the furry mammals in downtown San Jose is believed to be the first in 150 years.
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San Mateo Daily Journal 4/17/13
San Mateo moves to ban plastic bags, polystyrene
The San Mateo City Council voted unanimously to support a reusable bag ordinance, completing the regional effort in San Mateo County and parts of Santa Clara County to reduce litter.  The amendment to city code promotes the use of reusable bags as an alternative to single-use plastic and paper bags and mirrors a countywide effort.  The City Council also voted Monday night to support the polystyrene ban which will ban the use of polystyrene in restaurants and delicatessens.  Adoption of both ordinances is expected May 6 with implementation beginning June 6 in San Mateo.  San Mateo County, along with many other cities will implement the reusable bag ordinance Earth Day, April 22.
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Oroville Mercury-Register 4/15/13
Legal action threatened if Chico adopts plastic bag ban
An attorney for the Save The Plastic Bag Coalition is threatening legal action if the city of Chico moves forward with its proposed ban on plastic bags.  The City Council is set to consider an ordinance Tuesday that would prohibit specified stores from providing single-use plastic carryout bags and require a charge for the provision of single-use recyclable paper bags. The ban is slated to take effect next Jan. 1, after an extensive educational campaign.  Attorney Stephen L. Joseph said the Los Angeles-based Save The Plastic Bag Coalition objects to the ordinance’s adoption without prior preparation and certification of an environmental impact report. In an email to the city, he said the coalition would file a petition in court for writ of mandate if the document is not prepared and request the court invalidate the ordinance.
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Marin Independent Journal 4/13/13
Environmental group proposes hybrid levees for Marin, other bayside counties as sea rises
Fortifying the bay’s shoreline with levees fronted by restored tidal marshes is a cheaper, more aesthetic and ecologically sensitive way to protect Marin and other bayside counties from sea level rise, according to a new report by a Bay Area environmental group.  The Bay Institute’s report — the subject of a panel discussion earlier this month in San Francisco — proposes restoring tidal marshes with sediment from local flood control channels and irrigating the marshes with treated wastewater. The plan also calls for “horizontal levees” that are a hybrid of traditional earthen levees and restored marshes. The conclusion was based partly on research done in the lower Corte Madera Creek watershed.
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