Save The Bay

Rating: 4.57 stars   21 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 1330 Broadway Suite 1800 Oakland CA 94612 USA

Mission: Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay since 1961. Save The Bay engages more than 50,000 supporters, advocates, and volunteers to protect the Bay from pollution and reckless shoreline development and make it cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. Save The Bay is leading a region-wide effort to re-establish 100,000 acres of tidal marsh that are essential for a healthy Bay. Volunteers from the community, local businesses, and schools work with our science team to perform hands-on restoration of the Bay shoreline. Save The Bay inspires the next generation of Bay activists through our award-winning restoration education programs.
Results: Save The Bay History and Accomplishments: After the Gold Rush, rampant filling of shallow areas reduced San Francisco Bay’s size by one-third and destroyed 90 percent of the Bay’s tidal marsh. By 1961 there were plans to fill 60 percent of the remaining Bay, leaving only a narrow channel for navigation. The public had access to fewer than six miles of shoreline, and the Bay was choked with raw sewage and industrial pollution. Save The Bay stopped the destruction and gave the Bay a voice, proving that Bay Area residents can work together to make positive changes in their communities. In 1961 three East Bay women—Kay Kerr, Sylvia McLaughlin, and Esther Gulick—saw an Oakland Tribune illustration that depicted San Francisco Bay as a narrow shipping channel by 2020. To combat the rampant filling, they made phone calls, wrote letters, held meetings, and collected $1 each from thousands of Bay Area residents to create the "Save San Francisco Bay Association," and led a successful movement to save the Bay from destruction. By mobilizing citizens, the group won landmark victories for the Bay, including: • A legislative moratorium against filling the Bay • Closure of more than 30 city garbage dumps along the shoreline • A halt to the practice of dumping raw sewage into the Bay • Establishment of the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) a permanent state agency to regulate shoreline development and increase public access. BCDC was the first-ever coastal zone management agency and model for most others around the world. The Bay Today: Thanks to more than 50,000 Save The Bay members and supporters, the Bay is cleaner and healthier than it has been in half a century. • Sewage is treated and industrial pollution is significantly reduced. • More than half of the Bay is ringed with shoreline parks and outdoor spaces linked through nearly 300 miles of Bay trail that is open to the public for walking, biking, and viewing wildlife. • Large bay fill projects have been stopped, and several large-scale wetland restoration projects are underway.
Target demographics: San Francisco Bay’s survival depends on all of us. Save The Bay engages adults and students to protect and restore the Bay through our award-winning outdoor programs and advocacy efforts.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Save The Bay engages our community of more than 50,000 constituents – including students, businesses and individuals – to protect and restore San Francisco Bay through volunteer restoration programs and citizen advocacy.
Geographic areas served: Our quality of life and economy depend on a healthy San Francisco Bay. Save The Bay is the oldest and largest organization working exclusively to protect and restore this great natural treasure.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've volunteered with Save the Bay three times, and they are a great organization. Their staff is engaged and passionate and I love knowing exactly how my volunteer time is saving the Bay.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Save The Bay works hard to do exactly that-Save the San Francisco Bay. I feel that my donations are being well-used, and I enjoy the work they do, things like bans on plastic bags (to keep them out of the Bay) and volunteer events to plant native plants.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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1 person found this review helpful

Lately in the bay area I've been particularly excited to pay for my bags at different grocery stores and finally (yes late to the party) have become diligent in bringing my own. I'd like to thank Save the Bay for their long relentless fight against needless trash and their support of bag bans far and wide. Thank You Save the Bay! PS, I am a proud Bay Swimmer and feel safer due to STB's great work.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

I donated once to this organization, and within one month had received a letter asking me to renew my membership. This letter was followed a relentless stream of letters, free calendars, and nagging cards suggesting I needed to renew. I won't donate again, since I'd prefer my money goes towards a cause, and not into full-color mailers and calendars.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

The conservation committee of our garden club was appalled that the Redwood City Council is seriously considering pursuing the Cargill/DMB plan to build a new city in the salt flats in an area that could be restored to tidal marsh. Beginning in October 2009, a Save the Bay representative gave our group a background slide presentation and since then has helped us develop a coordinated strategy for raising public awareness about the project drawbacks. The strategy entails writing letters to newspaper editors, speaking at city council meetings, and working with members of other conservation organizations. Save the Bay has supplied points to include in letters, web links to papers' editorial pages, dates of council meetings, introductions to other conservationists, and a ton of day-to-day support. We are delighted and impressed with Save the Bay's commitment and support.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Committed, helpful, and responsive

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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9 people found this review helpful

I recently learned that BCDC was proposing new laws for combatting sea level rise in the bay and I was interested in learning more about it. I called Save the Bay and they provided me with the entire 26 page proposed regulation which helped me learn about the issue. Save the Bay is a font of information on all sorts of issues involving the health of the Bay. The recent PBS Documentary about the history of the Bay and the history of Save the Bay shows the important work Save the Bay has undertaken over the last 40 years.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their responsiveness. Their knowledge on current issues involving the health of the Bay.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Courteous, patient, helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Raise awareness about the importance of restoring wetlands in the Bay. A full 1/3 of the Bay has disappeared in the last 130 years because of fill. Save the Bay could help restore the Bay to the extent possible with more economic resources.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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10 people found this review helpful

Great fun! Provides a very positive connection to the Bay ecosystem. We weeded pepperweed, fennel, mustard and other non-natives to provide more habitat for native species.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

along the shoreline at Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline in Oakland. They've made good progress in reducing non-native plants and I really enjoy riding my bike on the trails.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

A local connection. Work done with Save the bay directly improves the lives of Bay Area residents.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Staff are very dedicated and great at leading volunteers. I volunteered with workmates and it was great to see people outside the office.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Stop Cargill and DMB from filling in restorable bay land in Redwood City for a housing development; Increase the amount of active restoration work they do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

The natural beauty of the Bay and surroundings was a big draw for me to move to SF, and I now live a half-block from the water. The history and work of Save the Bay are a constant inspiration to me.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

achieve some important impacts with regard to restoring and maintaining the health of the Bay, its ecosystems, and surrounding communities

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I spent an afternoon cleaning canoes that Save the Bay uses to take school children out in the bay to learn about ecosystems. I was impressed by the program they offer and their staff is friendly and hard working.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about how they teach children about the bay's ecosystem

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

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9 people found this review helpful

My introduction to Save the Bay is when they led the successful effort from paving the San Francisco Bay for expanded runways at SFO. Since then, I've supported their efforts recognizing how much they accomplish each year. Our Bay needs a NGO as focused, efficient and effective as Save the Bay.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways, everytime I get out on the Bay.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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