Behind the Scenes of Bay Day: Looking Back and Gearing Up!

As a Marin County native, I can’t help but appreciate rolling hills, towering redwoods, and vibrant wildflowers. I grew up hiking Mount Tamalpais, and I’ve always loved reaching its peak and looking out at San Francisco Bay.

With these memories in mind, I started a full-time job at Save The Bay last summer after graduating college with an Environmental Studies degree. I was excited to find out that Save The Bay had created an official, region-wide holiday dedicated to celebrating San Francisco Bay, its people and wildlife. I was even more thrilled to learn that I would be heavily involved in planning… Bay Day!

As the weeks flew by, I found it rewarding to translate my college coursework into on-the-ground advocacy for SF Bay. I reached out to local businesses and organizations to spread the word about Bay Day. I packed boxes, loaded trucks, and organized materials to ensure our Bay-saving team was ready to go for the big day.

All that work paid off when October rolled around. On Bay Day 2017, I was so inspired to watch families learn together about the issues affecting our Bay. I was and still am proud that our dedicated staff, volunteers, community partners, and sponsors hosted more than 70 activities across nine Bay Area counties.

This Bay Day, we’re inspiring the Bay Hero in everyone and will recognize Bay Heroes who protect our Bay in extraordinary ways. We will also encourage Bay Area residents to register to VOTE to make their voice heard at the ballot box this November. And, it wouldn’t be Bay Day without an opportunity to DIG IN at one of our restoration events.

Check out our full events calendar and mark your calendars for Saturday, October 6. I hope you will join us in celebrating our beautiful Bay!

San Francisco Green Film Festival 2014

We’re excited to partner with the San Francisco Green Film Festival to co-present the film, Watermark, at the Roxie Theater in San Francisco on Sunday, June 1 2014 at 7:45 pm. The film is a visually stunning work that weaves together diverse global stories that show our relationship with water. The filmmakers’ message resonates within the San Francisco Bay Area in this time of severe drought, as it shows our dependence on and fight to control our most precious resource.

San Francisco Bay is an integral part of the Northern California’s watershed. The health of the Bay depends on the health of the overall water system which flows from the mountains west through the California Delta and out to the Bay.

You can check out the Green Film Festival’s other offerings and buy tickets here.

The festival runs from May 29-June 4 with robust programming for all who care about the environment and their place in it. The Green Film Festival was launched in 2011 to present new films and events that spotlight the worlds’ most urgent environmental issues and most innovative solutions. We hope to see you there.

Greenfest Reveals Next Generation of Inspiring Bay Savers

While tabling this past weekend at the Green Festival, I was surprised and inspired by the number of young activists who stopped to chat with us.

Countless times I’d look out into the aisle to see some young person’s eyes light up. Then, they’d come over and say, “Save The Bay!” enthusiastically. I’d ask how they knew us, and invariably they’d tell me that they went on a field trip with our restoration staff, or participated in our science-based restoration curriculum through their school, or attended one of our public restoration programs.

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Back in 1961 our founders lived the principles of grassroots organizing, and subscribed to the belief that every individual can make a difference. We created our restoration education programs for middle and high schools in 2011 to ensure that the younger generation would be inspired to protect our precious Bay. That’s why it’s so great having these conversations with young people.

I talked to a number of students who participated in our Restoration Education Programs in high school and middle school. They are in college now and working actively on their campuses to encourage fellow students to become environmental stewards—from educating campus smokers on the impact of tobacco litter on our waterways, to encouraging campus colleagues to adopt reusable bags, water bottles, and coffee mugs.

Some of these young people asked me if we do tidal marsh restoration programs for college age students and wondered how they could continue to be involved with Bay issues.

Here are a few ideas. We hope you’ll share these with anybody you know who wants to protect and restore the Bay for future generations.

Tea for 100? Save The Bay Founding Members Gather

It was a brilliantly sunny day with a strong breeze kicking up whitecaps on the Bay when around 100 founding Save The Bay members gathered at The Berkeley Yacht Club for Save The Bay’s annual Founding Members’ Tea. Save The Bay co-founder, Sylvia McLaughlin was on hand to greet the crowd of old friends.

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A Storied Spot
There couldn’t be a better location to celebrate our longtime members and their vision and accomplishments than the site of Save The Bay’s first success—stopping Berkeley from paving three miles out into the Bay off the shoreline where the Yacht Club sits now, adjacent to McLaughlin Eastshore State Park.

An Accomplished Honoree
Dr. Doris Sloan, geologist, local environmental icon and adjunct professor at UC Berkeley, was honored for her work over the years with Save The Bay. Sloan praised founding Save The Bay members for having the courage to take on the fight for San Pablo Bay back in the 1980s. Developers wanted to put 4,500 new homes on the wetlands at this far northern edge of the San Francisco Bay Estuary. The plan included a disastrous scheme to transport water and sewer over the Napa River from Vallejo. Sloan’s grad students did the research that eventually led to the defeat of the development. Sloan is also the author of the highly regarded natural history book, Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region (UC Press, 2006).

“I am very pleased to be honored at the Founders’ Tea,” said Sloan. “My association with Save the Bay goes back almost four decades, and I have always been proud of the many ways that Save the Bay has found to protect and restore our wonderful Bay.”

Inspiring Speakers
Additional speakers included Board Member Michael Katz, our Executive Director, David Lewis, and Regional Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency Region 9, Jared Blumenfeld.

Blumenfeld reminded the audience that the Bay is the reason for the lively atmosphere of creativity, energy, and innovation in the Bay Area, and thanked the founders for laying the groundwork for his agency’s efforts to protect the Bay.  “The Bay is a symbol of environmental progress over the past 40 years,” he said. Blumenfeld added that the current generation must continue to care for the environment, saying, “my goal is to make sure my children inherit a healthy bay, but government can’t do it alone.”

David told founders about our bold initiative to carry on their great work by continuing to engage new people who care about the Bay and are willing to take action to protect it. You too can follow in our founders’ footsteps and do something to protect our most precious resource. Sign up to volunteer, donate, or sign our petition to the San Francisco Water Board telling them to get tough on polluters and keep porpoises in the Bay.

Set Sail on a Wine Regatta for the Bay

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Sip wine to Save The Bay this Saturday in Healdsburg.

Where can you drink wine, eat seafood, and save the Bay this weekend? Why, the Eastside Winery Regatta in Healdsburg of course!

$5 from each ticket and 10% of the day’s wine sales is donated to Save The Bay.

Sail over to the 8 wineries of Sonoma County’s Eastside Bunch, as they embark on celebrating the Bay Area leg of the America’s Cup race and navigate their support to Save The Bay. Each location will be pairing wine with a superb seafood dish (think fresh oysters, seafood pizza, paella and more) provided by Diavola Pizzeria, Chef Peter Leary and Chef Fabiano Ramaci to name a few.

When: This Saturday, August 4, 2012, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Where: Check in at any Eastside Bunch winery, listed below

Purchase tickets: $35 in advance, $45 at the door, $10 for designated driver tickets.

Save The Bay is excited to be the non-profit partner and beneficiary of this Sonoma County event. A special thanks to the Eastside Bunch for helping to ensure a healthier San Francisco Bay for future generations.

– Kaitlin Chandler, Development Associate