Grants Database

San Francisco Baykeeper
Amount Awarded:
Project Title:
San Francisco Bay Water Quality Project
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2018
Water Resources/Watershed Protection
Alameda County ; Contra Costa County ; Marin County ; Napa County ; Sacramento County ; San Francisco County ; San Joaquin County ; San Mateo County ; Santa Clara County ; Solano County ; Sonoma County ; Sutter County
Project Description:

The project’s goal is to address the greatest threats to San Francisco Bay to ensure that the water is healthy for recreation and wildlife, and that the ecosystem is sustainable, using water quality monitoring and science to identify and address the greatest threats to the Bay’s health. Specific activities supported by the grant include: weekly patrols of the Bay in the Baykeeper boat to detect and investigate pollution as well as air patrols (manned and by drone); investigate approximately 75 reports from local residents to Baykeeper’s Pollution Hotline; mobilize community members to clean up trash at 8-10 shoreline trash cleanups; help community organizations oppose plans to export coal from the Bay Area on tracks alongside the Bay and through Bay Area communities, shedding toxic dust and pieces of coal into the Bay watershed; continue to participate in quarterly Office of Spill Prevention and Response Technical Advisory Committee meetings, monthly Harbor Safety Committee meetings, and quarterly San Francisco Bay Area Committee meetings on maritime threats to the Bay; create a map and related online tools to help cities and counties incorporate climate adaptation efforts into their sea level rise planning; participate in regular meetings of the Nutrient Management Strategy Executive Committee and Steering Committee to help ensure region-wide adoption in healthier wastewater strategies to make the Bay Area more resilient to drought; advocate for improved sediment management for the Bay and advocate for clean dredged sediment to be used for wetland restoration and pursue legal advocacy to require the State to California to set more sustainable sand mining limits; support the City of San Jose’s efforts to invest in green infrastructure to keep trash, sewage, and other pollution out of Bay tributaries; and advocate with the Regional Water Board, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and other agencies for increased fresh water flows from major San Joaquin River tributaries into the Bay and Delta, as well as continue to provide expert comments in opposition to plans for twin tunnels under the Delta to divert water from the Sacramento River. Numerous scientific studies show that the Bay is already starved for fresh water and document salinity encroachment further upstream into the Sacramento/San Joaquin/San Francisco Bay Delta, and the proposed tunnels would rob the Bay and local fish of even more fresh water.