Save The Bay

Rating: 4.6 stars   20 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.
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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2012

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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.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I've lived and worked in the Bay Area for 5 years and though its not my direct field of work, I really value what a lot of the innovative non-profits are doing. Save The Bay stands out in terms of raising the broader public's awareness of issues that really matter, or should matter, to them. Two items come to mind. The first was their incredible ad campaign of the last couple of years, where ads with funny captions (e.g. "they don't do it to you") show humans covered in oil dumped by sharks or the like. Genius. These ads were all over BART cars and stations, and they got a lot of people talking. The second is their amazing advocacy on the Redwood City Saltworks. This is an issue close to my heart because it is my field of work. A great development with a lot of financial backing has been proposed for a terrible location. They are fighting goliath and winning. Save the Bay was founded to fight Bay fill, and this project proposes to develop on Bay fill under suspicious environmental claims. Save the Bay has pointed out the inherent contradictions in this mega-development's plans, and organized over a hundred local politicians against it. They've done extensive public education and raised this issue to a level where the public knows about it and knows what's wrong with it. Save The Bay has been doing an incredible job of educating the public about critical issues affecting the Bay that defines this beautiful place where we live.

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

public forums - BART stations and trains, newspapers, blogs, and other places where the public goes for information.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them find skills they need to make technical land use and transportation based arguments they need to fight the good fights.

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

Their intelligent, creative, and memorable campaigns.

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

Friendly and intelligent.

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

Educate the Bay Area population about these critical issues.

Ways to make it better...

Save the Bay was better funded to get the message out more broadly.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

they are a small entity taking on very big corporate interests and ingrained habits of the public, they need help getting the message out more broadly.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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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