We Popped the Question!

Will You Be For The Bay?Well it finally happened.  We’ve been thinking about it for over a year.  And last Thursday we popped the question.

“Will you be For The Bay?”

And the answer was a resounding “Yes!”

Thousands of Bay Area residents are saying  they’re For The Bay by going to our new website at www.forthebay.org and clicking through to get a free For The Bay sticker.   And we’ve been getting some great questions around what this new project is, and what you can do to support a healthy and vibrant Bay for our generation and the next.  Here’s the skinny:

For The Bay is a new initiative of Save The Bay.  For the past half-century, Save The Bay has been the leading regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay, since 1961.  But as new threats to the Bay emerge, and with global changes like sea level rise and the increased risk of severe storms, we need to take things in a new direction – and soon.

Our goal in starting For The Bay is simple.  While 9 in 10 people in our communities get that the Bay is critical to our quality of life, only a small fraction of residents ever take action to support the Bay.  For The Bay aims to change that, with dozens of easy opportunities for more folks to show their enthusiasm and passion for the Bay.

Beyond the substantial environmental benefits of taking new action to restore the Bay, this is also a critical component of protecting our low-lying communities from the risks posed by severe storms and rising sea levels.  Wetlands provide significant flood control benefits to neighborhoods from San Jose to Sonoma, while adjacent levees provide even further protection, which afford residents much needed public access to open spaces.

Over the next couple of years, you’ll hear and see a lot more activity with For The Bay, and we hope you’ll keep in touch with any questions or feedback you might have.

Bay Trail-blazin’

By Amy Ricard, Communications and Policy Associate

Good news for Bay Trail users in Richmond! Chevron has agreed to donate 1.5 miles of Bay Trail easements on the western side of the Point San Pablo Peninsula to the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). And last week, the EBRPD Board of Directors voted to accept Chevron’s generous donation and appropriated $100,000 for trail alignment engineering, surveying and title costs.

More public access and trail expansion in this area is a welcome addition. With 32 miles of shoreline and 26 miles of Bay Trail now in place, Richmond has more shoreline and more Bay Trail built than any other Bay city – some of it quite stunning and much of it unexplored.

Save The Bay was founded in part to increase public access to the Bay shoreline and nearly 50 years later, we enjoy watching the vision of our founders come to fruition. When complete, the Bay Trail will be a continuous 400-mile recreational corridor that will encircle the entire Bay Area, linking together a necklace of shoreline parks. To date, 240 miles of the Bay Trail, or more than half its ultimate length, have been developed.

Two former Save The Bay board members – Bruce Beyaert and Nancy Strauch – are on the Trails for Richmond Action Committee and have worked tirelessly to advance Bay Trail projects in Richmond and around the Bay. This committee, in addition to Chevron and EBRPD, deserves great kudos for this major step toward completing the San Francisco Bay Trail on the Point San Pablo Peninsula.