Water Quality Improvement
SFEP works with numerous partners to prevent and reduce pollution of our waters. In the highly urbanized Bay Area environment, our projects focus on trash, urban pesticides, and sediment and pathogens in creeks and streams; and develop green stormwater treatment strategies. Many of our projects implement Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs), the Regional Water Quality Control Board’s action plans for clean water.
Oro Loma Experimental Horizontal Levee
The Oro Loma Experimental Horizontal Levee is one of the first multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional planning efforts around sea level rise in the Bay Area. This project will also test new water treatment methods. Read More
Mercury in the Guadalupe Watershed
The Guadalupe River watershed houses the New Almaden Mining District and has been significantly impaired by its operations (1846 – 1975). This old district was the largest mercury mine in North America and produced 5% of the world’s total mercury. Today, SFEP is working with many partners, to clean up this watershed where fish too toxic to consume can be found. Read More
San Pablo Avenue Stormwater Improvements
The San Pablo Avenue Green Stormwater Spine is a pilot project and model for Bay Area municipalities implementing “green” infrastructure projects as part of their stormwater management efforts. The Spine Project will design, build, and monitor an array of Low Impact Development (LID) projects distributed along 12.5 miles of San Pablo Avenue, a major thoroughfare passing through a number of East Bay cities. Read More
Clean Vessel Act Program
Under a Clean Vessel Act grant from the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways, the Estuary Partnership manages a dynamic education/outreach program aimed at encouraging boaters to use pumpout and dump stations rather than discharging directly into the Estuary. Read More
Urban Greening Bay Area
Currently funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Urban Greening Bay Area is a collaborative effort between San Francisco Estuary Partnership, San Francisco Estuary Institute and Bay Area municipalities to develop spatial tools to identify the optimal combination of Green Infrastructures for achieving desirable outcomes at the watershed scale. Read More
Fremont Tree Well Filters
In 2012, the City of Fremont installed two Tree Well Filters on Osgood Road to improve city aesthetics and treat urban runoff. Two distinct Tree Well Filters configurations were designed and built side-by-side so that they could be tested against one another for efficacy of pollutant removal and maintenance costs. Read More
Regional Trash Reduction Project
Trash is both a water quality problem and a visual nuisance in the Bay Area. Trash is carried by the region’s municipal storm drain systems to local creeks, the Bay, and on to the Pacific Ocean. SFEP is actively involved reducing trash in our waters.Read More
Newcomb Avenue Low Impact Development
Community members and City staff implemented the design for a green streetscape by planting trees and other drought tolerant plants, installing specially designed stormwater-filtering planters to infiltrate stormwater runoff, installing traffic calming chicanes, and by creating community gathering places. Read More
El Cerrito Low Impact Development
This successful project retrofitted the conventional public right-of-way (street edge and sidewalk area) with a series of stormwater treatment cells (aka rain gardens) at two sites along San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito, CA.
Contact: Josh Bradt
Taking Action for Clean Water – PCBs in Caulk Project
SFEP’s PCBs in Caulk Project was created to address potential impacts of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) in caulks and sealants released into stormwater runoff during demolition or remodeling projects in the San Francisco Bay Area. The project assisted the implementation of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for PCBs in San Francisco Bay. It is no longer active, but archive information is available at this page.
Contact: Athena Honore