Transforming Urban Water Initiative: from Grey to Green Shorelines

A multi-partner effort engaging the water community with re-imagining how nature-based shoreline infrastructures can address flood risk and water quality concerns while providing critical ecosystem benefits.
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Flood Control 2.0

Rebuilding habitat and shoreline resilience through a new generation of flood control channel design and management.
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Reducing Pesticide Use

From 2012 to 2017, the Greener Pesticides for Cleaner Waterways project addressed water bodies impaired for pesticide toxicity through outreach and education to residential home and garden pesticide users.
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San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority

Raising and allocating local resources for the restoration, enhancement, and protection of wetlands and wildlife habitat, and associated flood management and public access infrastructure.
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Fremont Tree Well Filters

In 2012, the City of Fremont installed two Tree Well Filters (TWFs) on Osgood Road to improve city aesthetics and treat urban runoff. Two distinct TWFs 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. The San Francisco Estuary Institute monitored both Tree Well Filters over a series of storms in order to: Qualitatively assess whether the TWFs were treating stormwater runoff at rainfall rates up...
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Small Grants Release

In 2013, the San Francisco Estuary Partnership announced the launch of the Small and Micro Grants Program to help protect and improve watershed health around the San Francisco Estuary. The total amount available for 2013 was $50,000 for both small grants (up to $5,000) and micro-grants (up to $1,000).
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Taking Action for Clean Water – PCBs in Caulk Project

PCBs–polychlorinated biphenyls–are a probable human carcinogen and may be causing reproductive failure in birds and affecting immune response in harbor seals in the Estuary. 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 is assisting the implementation of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) for PCBs in San Francisco Bay. The PCBs TMDL...
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Climate Adaptation in Corte Madera Marsh

Corte Madera Marsh Ecological Reserve in Marin County is exposed to wind waves, ringed with both historic and restored wetlands, and has a history of erosion and flooding. All of these factors make lower Corte Madera Creek an ideal test site for new climate change adaptation research.
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El Cerrito Rain Gardens

The El Cerrito Green Streets Pilot Project officially concluded on November 30, 2012. Click on these links to view or download the Final Project Report, the Final Water Quality Monitoring Report, and the As-Built Construction Documents. 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.The 750 linear feet of rain gardens (19 individual treatment cells...
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Restoring Wetlands at Yosemite Slough

The restoration of Yosemite Slough will create the largest contiguous wetland area in the County of San Francisco. The project will help restore essential wildlife habitat, improve water quality, and prevent erosion along the shoreline of the City of San Francisco—an area of the bay where tidal wetlands have been most impacted and suffered the greatest loss due to urbanization.
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Reusing Dredge Materials for Habitat

Partner agencies are implementing a Long-Term Management Strategy (LTMS) for the Placement of Dredged Materials in the San Francisco Bay Region focused on reusing dredged materials in a beneficial way—for example, to restore wetlands. The LTMS was developed in the 1990s by Bay Area regulatory agencies, resource agencies, and others, with the goal of reducing in-Bay disposal to encourage beneficial reuse of dredged material whenever possible. Participants in the LTMS effort  worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to establish the...
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Bay Regional Conservation Goals

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...
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Creek Mouth Assessment

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...
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Reducing Sediment and Pathogens in North Bay Watersheds

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...
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Bay Area-wide Trash Capture Demonstration Project

[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...
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About Us

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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