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.
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.”
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.