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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Environmental Education, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

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.

Programs: Restoration campaigns - we supported the research and outreach efforts of the san francisco bay restoration authority, a regional agency pursuing public funding for wetland restoration. Save the bay is working with partners to re-establish 100,000 acres of restored tidal marsh habitat around san francisco bay, through policy measures and a strong science-based program that enlists volunteers to replant key sites with native vegetation. Our community-based restoration program assists federal, state and local landowners of shoreline parcels to improve vital wetland habitat for endangered species and adapt the shoreline to climate change, including ecotone transition areas at former salt ponds in hayward and menlo park, and at shoreline sites in corte madera, oakland and palo alto. Participants engage in (continued on schedule o)

education and outreach - save the bay provided information on san francisco bay and actively engaged the general public and our members to advance our mission, through mail and email communications, social networking, educational events and volunteer opportunities. Thousands of people accessed educational information about the bay on our enhanced web site, and we introduced many individuals and businesses to the bay through our expanded calendar of events. Our presence in the regional news media remains high, with significant print, radio and television coverage of our work on many issues, and on our education and restoration programs. Interest and participation in the organization continues to grow, with more than 50,000 members and supporters. We continue to upgrade our technology to improve the effectiveness (continued on schedule o)

bay protection - save the bay provided information to local and regional residents about threats to fill in more of the bay for development on restorable salt ponds in redwood city, and on diked historic baylands in newark. We provided information to state and federal agencies regarding applicable regulations and policies, including sea level rise and adaptation to climate change. Save the bays clean bay project helped to reduce bay pollution from cities and neighborhoods encouraging municipalities throughout the region to adopt pollution prevention best practices. Our work with municipalities significantly reduced distribution of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene food packaging, two of the largest components of trash entering the bay through stormwater. We are monitoring cities progress complying with new regulatory requirements to reduce trash entering the bay through storm water.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am both a regular volunteer and donor for Save the Bay. As a volunteer for at least the last 3 years I help out at the Palo Alto Baylands native plant nursery with anything that needs to be done: seed collection, plant propagation, weeding, planting on the levees, repair and upgrade projects for the nursery, etc. All of my volunteer experiences have been very enjoyable and I always sign up ahead of time for as many Wednesday afternoon workdays as possible. Everyone on the staff who I have met has always been friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, and it has been great working with all of them. Besides some good physical workouts, fresh air and sunshine on the planting days, it has given me an opportunity to test out some of my own new open space restoration tool designs such as a specialized hole digger for planting the young plants from the nursery along the levees. And it's a great opportunity to learn to identify some of the native (and non-native) plants from first hand exposure. That too has helped to encourage me to develop an on-line plant name learning game for the benefit of those like myself who find it rather challenging to remember names. As a donor I have made strong contributions for the last 10 years. I'm happy that I have been able to support such a worthy organization and can readily see with great confidence that the money has been well spent. Save the Bay has also been a driving force for cleaning up trash from the Bay Area waterways and reducing waste from sources like plastic bags. I have participated in numerous on-line campaigns such as writing a letter to city council members asking them to support an ordinance to require a fee on plastic and paper bags. I have also helped out photographing parts of the Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek and contributing my photos for the trash hot spots identification section of the Save the Bay website. Newsletters, email and the web site have been invaluable sources of information on other issues and ill-conceived development plans that would cause irreparable harm to the Bay and surrounding wetlands, such as the San Francisco airport runway expansion attempt a few years ago and the recent Redwood City massive development proposal. Save the Bay is an essential watchdog over those who work ever so diligently to damage and degrade our environment for nothing more than their own personal profit and selfish retrograde agendas. As an avid natural wonders, plant and wildlife enthusiast I'm thrilled to support and be a part of the fantastic work that Save the Bay does. Open space restoration has become the focus of my life and I know of no better reward than to see the improvements that Save the Bay brings to the quality of life for the plants and animals that depend entirely on a healthy environment for their very existence. I will continue to work with and support Save the Bay for as long as I am able to do so.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered for the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline volunteer day in Oakland and planted a number of native species. The staff of Save the Bay was informative and helpful and I learned a lot about local habitats. My toddler thought it was very fun and it helped me feel very connected to the community at large. I met many similar-minded people and I loved how organized the program was and how simple Save the Bay made it to volunteer.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I work with extraordinarily committed staff on various projects at Save the Bay and everyone seems to be very passionate about their work. Overall I would say that I have been continually impressed how Save the Bay conducts efforts to improve and preserve the local environment in a comprehensive way by encouraging community involvement with education, hands on work efforts, and political action.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Thank you Save The Bay for all you do to protect our beautiful treasure. No organization is trying harder to preserve and protect.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Save the Bay lost all respect when I see how they bend the truth to get what they want. Of course everyone wants to "Save the Bay" but during the course of the last year and half I have been contacted by STB to try and get me to support them and not telling the full truth of the matter.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

More than any other organization, Save the Bay has been protecting the beautiful San Francisco Bay for decades. As a bay area native, I am eternally grateful for their ceaseless efforts.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

An incredible environmental non-profit that after over 45 years manages to stay extremely relevant and hip (loved the bay vs. bag campaign). Great education programs such as the canoes and sloughs and an uncanny ability to get volunteers out for “clean up” events. They are also very active politically, taking a strong stance against the Cargill development in Redwood City and working with local municipalities to reduce the amount of trash that enters the bay through storm water runoff. Save The Bay’s forward looking approach and early adoption of new media such as Facebook has proven to me that this non-profit will be still be going strong in another 45 years and inspiring the next generation of environmental advocates.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Save The Bay has been a pleasure to work with over the past four years volunteering at service projects. They have a very professional team who put a lot of energy into each project, ensuring volunteers are well prepared and oriented before each project, and providing excellent guidance during the project. I really appreciate the introduction they present at the begining of each project, wtih an overview on the history of the organization and how the San Francisco Bay has evolved over the past 100 years. Volunteers always have a great time, and the staff are fun to work with. I have volunteered with my company (REI - Berkeley), and Save The Bay has even set up special projects just for our staff. The best one was a collaboration of many outdoor retailers and vendors who had staff come and volunteer together on the same day.