Archived Projects

The following archived projects have been completed or closed out by SFEP project partners. 

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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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....
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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Newcomb Avenue Stormwater Improvements

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...
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Bahia Marsh Restoration

This portion of the Bahia Marsh was filled with dredged bay mud, dried, and compacted in the early 2000’s and prepared for development. Once plans for development fell through, the area was abandoned and subsequently purchased by the MAS. Compacted bay mud makes for incredibly poor site conditions, making restoration very difficult. The goal of...
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South Bay Salt Ponds

Extensive tidal wetlands and marshes once almost covered South San Francisco Bay below the present-day Dumbarton Bridge. For the last 150 years these wetlands have received mercury-laden drainage from the New Almaden mercury mining district, in the upper reaches of the Guadalupe River watershed. Salt pond construction in the last century buried mercury-contaminated sediments. But restoration poses...
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