On January 27, 2011, a bold vision for the hidden part of the Bay was released. Working together, the California State Coastal Conservancy and Ocean Protection Council, NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service, BCDC, and the Estuary Partnership have uncovered significant findings based on pioneering new exploration and mapping of heretofore “hidden” aspects of the Estuary. It is the first time that comprehensive information about submerged areas in the Bay has been compiled. Subtidal habitat (all of the submerged area beneath...Read More
Since the earliest days of human habitation in the San Francisco Bay Area, the mouths of the region’s many creeks have been valued for their rich ecology and the abundance of plant and animal species. These natural deltas received sediment from the erosive hills upstream, and supported vast expanses of tidal marshlands. With European settlement, creek mouth areas began to play a major role in flood management. Now, as we witness the advance of sea level rise along with increasing...Read More
Sediment and pathogens pollute some key Bay Area watersheds, including lands draining to the Napa River, Sonoma Creek, and Richardson Bay. The SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board has adopted action plans to address these issues (“Total Maximum Daily Loads,” or TMDLs). SFEP is working with a number of partners, coordinated by the North Bay Watershed Association, reducing sediment and pathogens in stormwater and urban runoff. Partners have implemented restoration projects in and around the stream channels of concern, conducted...Read More
[Final Project Report Now Available] SFEP’s trash capture demonstration project concluded, according to grant guidelines, in November 2013. The project installed 4,003 trash capture devices, including 42 high-capacity devices, in more than 60 Bay Area municipalities, including cities, towns, and unincorporated county areas. Federal stimulus funds (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) and state bond funds provided $4,245,000 in construction funds, all of which we expended. Funded with $5 million in federal stimulus funds (the American Recovery and Reinvestment...Read More
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. Since the construction has been completed, SFEI has worked with the City and County of San Francisco to monitor the area to quantify reductions in stormwater runoff due to these improvements. Due to needed construction alterations, a third year of monitoring...Read More
The San Francisco Bay-Delta is named in the federal Clean Water Act as one of 28 “estuaries of national significance." For over 20 years, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership has worked together with local communities and federal and state agencies to improve the health of California’s most urbanized estuary.
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