King Tides dramatically arrived in early December causing widespread flooding across the Bay Area region [1]. These exceptionally high tides provide us with an important glimpse into our future. You may have encountered flooded sidewalks as you walked along the Embarcadero in San Francisco, or had to drive through an inundated North San Pedro Road in China Camp State Park, or even seen water rising up to seating areas along Jack London Square in Oakland. All of this flooding was caused by King Tides, which occur twice each year when the moon, sun, and Earth align to create the strongest …


 Thank you for making our work possible. We invite you to join us along the shoreline and in our community for a look at what we accomplished together in 2021. We can’t wait to see what we achieve next year with you by our side. From all of us at Save The Bay, wishing you and your loved ones a restorative holiday season, and a happy New Year.


“Photography is the universal short story. It can capture fleeting moments, share unique perspectives, and delight in the details that others might miss entirely. Photos help us connect with our environment and give energy and context to our communication.” We are excited to feature the 2021 winner of our Annual Bay Photo Contest, Adam Van de Water! Thank you to all the talented photographers who entered our Bay Photo Contest this year. Your images highlight the beauty and diversity of our region and remind us how important it is to protect. Learn more about Adam’s work and inspiration First, please …


Read this Bay Story in English → En los últimos años, las señales del cambio climático se han manifestado de maneras imposibles de ignorar para cualquiera. Los residentes del Área de la Bahía han estado sujetos a semanas de cielos con humo, mala calidad de aire y calor intenso. Pronto el aumento de las inundaciones por tormentas y el aumento del nivel del mar se convertirán también en la nueva norma. Algunas ciudades locales han demostrado un gran liderazgo reduciendo la contribución de nuestra región al problema climático. San José en particular ha adoptado un plan ambicioso llamado “Climate Smart …


Fall has arrived and it is a great time of year to get out and explore the Bay. But with days shortening, Halloween looming just around the corner, and rain finally returning after a long dry spell, something particularly scary happens during this time of year – at least for those of us who worry about water quality in the Bay. The first storms of the season create a phenomenon called the “first flush”. That is the flushing out of all the trash and other pollution that has built up on our city streets over the dry season. Think of …


If you’re walking on the southeast side of Bedwell Bayfront Park you may be confused by the farming activity happening down by the salt ponds. Save The Bay’s Habitat Restoration Team is working with contractors to use farming techniques to restore habitat! After a long waiting period due to construction and the pandemic, our team is starting to vegetate the horizontal levee project this fall and through the winter. Volunteers that have met us on the shoreline in the past are probably familiar with our ongoing restoration projects on the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline or in the Palo …


Lea este “Bay Story” en Español → Over the past few years, the signs of our rapidly warming climate have manifested in ways impossible for anyone to ignore. Bay Area residents have been subjected to weeks of smoky skies, poor air quality, and intense heat, and soon increased flooding from storms and sea level rise will become the new norm. Some local cities have shown great leadership in reducing our region’s contribution to the climate problem. San Jose in particular has adopted an ambitious plan called Climate Smart San Jose that makes the city a trailblazer in cutting carbon emissions. While plans …


Join us for more Bay Summer Camp in August! Last month, we explored collective actions we can take to better our communities: saving water, preventing plastic pollution, planting pollinators, and cleaning up trash. Check out July Summer Camp videos here → This month, we’re going to explore some of the diverse wildlife that you can find in the Bay Area. Biodiversity refers to the different types of life that can be found in an area. California is a global biodiversity hotspot. It’s home to more species of plants and animals than any other state in the country. The San Francisco …


In the middle of the 2012-2016 drought, Save The Bay worked to restore a transition-zone levee in the Eden Landing Preserve managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. This was the first time that we experimented with utilizing a seed mix as a restoration technique. A hydroseed contractor covered the 4.25-acre site with a carefully selected mix of competitive native species, but due to inconsistent rain patterns that winter, the seed mix largely failed. For some, this experience might have served as a grim harbinger of climate change in our state, as California’s dry period grows longer and …


We knew this was coming. This month, Governor Newsom announced the extension of a drought emergency declaration to 50 of California’s 58 counties and asked residents statewide to reduce water usage by at least 15%. That means that every Bay Area county except one (San Francisco) is now under the state’s drought emergency declaration. Local water agencies have gone even further by seeking greater reductions and imposing limitations on outdoor water use. Drought is not unfamiliar to Californians. Our state’s climate has historically been characterized by extended dry periods broken up by rainy years. But it is now clear that …