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 …


This week the House of Representatives took a big step toward providing urgently needed funding to restore San Francisco Bay and prepare the Bay Area for the threats of climate change and sea level rise. The House passed the San Francisco Bay Restoration Act (HR610), sponsored by Rep. Jackie Speier. HR610 authorizes $125 million over five years for wetland restoration, water quality improvement, and climate adaptation. It also creates a new permanent San Francisco Bay program office within the Environmental Protection Agency. We are grateful to Rep. Speier for leading this effort in Congress, and for the support of Speaker …


Housing may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Save The Bay, but how we plan and build housing in the Bay Area is critically important to how we protect and restore the Bay and prepare our region for the growing impacts of climate change. The San Francisco Bay has long attracted people looking to enjoy its beautiful setting and economic opportunities. Unfortunately, the way that our communities have developed has been inconsistent, inequitable, and unsustainable largely due to exclusionary zoning practices that have contributed to the current housing crises. The effects of these …


Take a walk along the Bay Trail and it’s easy to marvel at the beauty of the San Francisco Bay. But it’s also obvious how human development has shaped the area. Where there was once a flourishing expanse of tidal wetlands and mudflats, the Bay shoreline today is dominated by neighborhoods, infrastructure (highways, water treatment plants, and airports), and industry (ports, warehouses, and refineries). When climate change raises sea levels in coming years, many of these areas will be threatened with devastating flooding. Restored wetlands are crucial to protecting shoreline communities and infrastructure from being inundated by sea level rise …


The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has dropped its appeal of our lawsuit victory restoring Clean Water Act protections to the Redwood City Salt Ponds. The move came a week after 57 Bay Area elected officials and organizations asked the Biden Administration to withdraw the Trump EPA’s appeal of a federal court order upholding those legal protections. “We’re thrilled that the Biden Administration is agreeing to uphold the law and restore protections for San Francisco Bay wetlands. Climate change makes this even more urgent,” said Save The Bay Executive Director David Lewis. “It’s an early indication of what a difference the …


In October 2020, Save The Bay, three co-plaintiffs, and Attorney General Becerra won our lawsuit ​and restored protections to the Redwood City Salt Ponds under the Clean Water Act. President Trump’s EPA appealed the ruling, but with a new Administration entering the White House we hope to see this action reversed. This week, Congresswoman Jackie Speier wrote to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Senator Alex Padilla (D-CA), and seven other members of the Bay Area Congressional delegation, asking the agency to drop that lawsuit appeal. 47 local Bay Area elected officials and organizations also asked …


Urban greening plays a critical role in how we protect communities from climate change. Unfortunately, the long-predicted impacts of climate change are no longer just predictions. Over the past few years, climate change has already cause increased urban heat and worsened air quality, which impacts human health. And soon cities around the Bay will experience more frequent flooding caused by sea-level rise and erratic weather patterns. Preventing the worst of these impacts on our communities requires us to think differently about how our cities are designed and one of the best ways to make cities more resilient in the face …


Tell San Jose City Council to Prepare for Climate Change The San Jose City Council is considering their priorities for 2021 and we need your help to make sure climate resilience is at the top of their list. Take Action → Last year, the signs of our rapidly warming climate manifested in ways impossible for anyone to ignore. Bay Area residents were 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. Americans are ready to tackle the climate crisis head on, and …


If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve may have heard some mention of King Tides. A King Tide is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the moon, sun, and Earth are aligned. This alignment causes the strongest gravitational force on Earth’s oceans, resulting in dramatic tidal fluctuations. When King Tides occur during floods or storms, water levels can rise higher and have the potential to cause local flooding all over the Bay Area. Read our recent blog post, ‘Return of the King’ for more information about these tides and what actions we are taking here at Save The Bay to …


This Tuesday, after a dramatic multi-week negotiation, Oakland City Council passed the “Oakland Together Budget”. Supporters of Save The Bay, along with many others, called Council Members, emailed the Council and City staff, and attended meetings to ask the City for funding to address Oakland’s greatest needs. The resulting budget will steer the course of Oakland’s work for the next two years, determining how far the City goes to address pollution, local flooding, sea level rise, and many other critical issues. Wins for the Bay A few highlights in the new budget will benefit the community by helping to keep …