You may have heard the term “horizontal levee” used to describe some of Save The Bay’s restoration work. “Levee” evokes something high and hard, like a dike or reinforced embankment, to stop water from encroaching on land. So how can a levee be horizontal – and what is a horizontal levee? Horizontal levees are wide, gently sloping, vegetated buffers of land that prevent water from moving inland. Instead of traditional, mounded, narrow levees or hardened structures, horizontal levees are a nature-based solution to protect communities from flooding and sea level rise. Combining a gradual incline of land with tidal marsh, …


San José communities are already feeling the effects of climate change, with historically under-invested neighborhoods like East San José facing the first and worst impacts. Last December, Save The Bay conducted an outreach workshop with Latinos United for a New America (LUNA) to gather feedback on the climate impacts being faced by community members and explore possible solutions. Urban heat islands1 came up as one of the main concerns, with multiple community members sharing that summer heat and lack of shade prevents them from even taking a walk in their neighborhoods. Local parks offer little relief, with playgrounds and benches …


Originally aired on NBC Bay Area: Friday, April 22, 2022 By Joe Rosato Jr. Over the past few years, San José has experienced the impacts of climate change in the form of rising temperatures and scorching heatwaves. Flooding from extreme storms is another imminent threat. Urban green infrastructure can mitigate these impacts, all while keeping pollution out of the Bay and providing invaluable physical and mental health benefits to surrounding communities. Infrastructure like green roofs and rain gardens have a multitude of benefits: they decrease carbon emissions by encouraging walking and biking, reduce urban heat, and provide habitat for birds …


Twelve years ago, state environmental regulators mandated that zero trash should be flowing to the Bay from city storm drains by 2022, so fish and wildlife wouldn’t be poisoned by a pollutant they had largely ignored. But today trash is still fouling the Bay shoreline and creeks that flow to the Bay for three reasons. Cities aren’t screening enough road trash or stopping dumping in creeks. Regulators aren’t enforcing the Clean Water Act. And we’re all still using too much plastic packaging and disposable items that end up in the Bay, not landfills. In 2010 the SF Bay Regional Water …


 Have you ever noticed storm drains in your neighborhood with either stencils or medallions indicating that dumping will drain directly to the Bay? Have you ever wondered how this drainage system might be different from the one in our homes? The water that goes down our sink and shower drains ends up in a wastewater treatment facility where the water is filtered and treated1. Stormwater is entirely different, however, as it flows directly into storm drains, where it ends up in streams, lakes, and open waterways like the Bay without undergoing any treatment process1. When water flows across impervious …


 Spring has sprung, and as the nursery manager, it’s my favorite time of the year! As the seasons change, so does our restoration work. Each year as it starts to warm in March and April, I sow the seeds for all the plants we grow out for our tidal wetland restoration sites across the Bay. These seeds sprout in the greenhouse over the next few months, and from June through August our team works on transplanting the tiny seedlings into larger pots so they establish healthy roots. We usually transplant over 20,000 seedlings each year! In the winter, we …


Bay Area residents don’t have to look far beyond their doorsteps to see the impacts of climate change. Hazy skies caused by extended wildfire seasons, prolonged drought, and record-high heat waves are now normal occurrences, and don’t show signs of letting up. Soon, an increase in flooding due to sea level rise and storms will add to the ever-growing list of climate impacts. While climate change affects all of us, the burden of these impacts will be felt disproportionately by vulnerable communities, especially those that are lower-income, Black, Brown, and Asian. These communities have been historically underserved, leaving them more …


 Originally aired on ABC7: Thursday, February 10, 2022 By Dan Ashley and Tim Didion Along the southeast side of Bedwell Bayfront Park a design evolution is taking place that offers a glimpse of what 21st century levees could look like in the Bay Area and beyond. The 9.6 acre Ravenswood horizontal levee project is Save The Bay’s latest large-scale restoration endeavor. For this important project, we are combining our tried and true restoration method of planting native species by hand, with new strategies utilizing farming equipment to help spread the rhizomes of native grasses throughout the area. This project …


At the Net Zero Summit in Washington, D.C. this month, Salesforce announced the first twelve nonprofit organizations across the globe to receive grants from its new climate initiative—and Save The Bay is honored to be among them. The Ecosystem Restoration & Climate Justice Fund will invest $100 million over 10 years in climate-related work, Salesforce pledged in 2021. When announcing the three key areas of focus for this philanthropic funding, the company highlighted that “climate change, the loss of biodiversity, and the impact on the most vulnerable people among us are inextricably interconnected — but their solutions can be too.” …


This Earth Month learn about, explore, and celebrate San Francisco Bay with Save The Bay! San Francisco Bay is a vital estuary in our lives, a unique ecosystem for plants and wildlife, and a beautiful respite for rest and recreation. Learn how cleaning up your neighborhood helps keep the Bay healthy or play an interactive game identifying local species along the Bay Trail. Community Clean up Much of the trash that ends up in the Bay comes from our cities and roadways. Grab your gloves and a bucket and walk around your neighborhood picking up the trash you see. Or …