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Clean Water Fund
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Project Title:
Addressing the PFAS Crisis in San Francisco Bay: Part 2
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2021
Water Resources / Watershed Protection ; Environmental Health & Justice ; Environmental Education
San Francisco Bay Area
Alameda County ; Contra Costa County ; San Francisco County ; San Mateo County ; Santa Clara County
Project Description:

Clean Water Fund (CWF) will combine its 20 years of expertise working to address San Francisco Bay’s pollution in protection of subsistence fishers and other vulnerable populations, with its leadership on PFAS water pollution, to advance the study of the effects of these chemicals on water quality, wildlife, and humans; the development of policies to prevent PFAS from entering the watershed; as well as possible remediation actions. The program is a next step after 2020’s successful effort to phase out PFAS containing firefighting foam (a major contributor of PFAS into the environment) through coalition building and public education that built demand for strict restrictions. In 2021-22, CWF will facilitate collaboration with local scientists, wastewater agency personnel, residents, regulators, and advocates to address PFAS specifically in the Bay. Key activities will include policy development meetings with water regulators and local advocates, regular convenings of our successful California PFAS workgroup, and possibly a remote conference. In addition, we will continue our grassroots and decision maker education efforts about the human and environmental dangers of PFAS, and the need to eradicate their production and use for non-essential uses.