Explore North Bay | Bay Day 2022

Explore North Bay | Bay Day 2022

Sign up to participate in the Bay Day Challenge before October 1st. Once you’ve completed your outdoor activities or hit the Bay Trail, submit your miles and activities to the Bay Day RunSignUp portal.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and share your adventure with #BayDayChallenge #SFBayDay and tag @saveSFbay for the chance to win a $50 Sports Basement gift card every week.

Bay Day Regional Spotlight

Map of the Bay Area

Discovery Guide

Trails

Hudeman Slough to Black Point

Though this portion of the Bay Trail is not fully complete, there are four segments open to explore the marsh plain, sloughs, and mudflats of the northern San Pablo Bay: the Tubbs Island Trail, Sears Point Bay Trail, Sonoma Baylands Bay Trail, and the Port Sonoma Marina Trail. Note that the Tubbs Island Trail can only be accessed from the eastbound direction on Highway 37 and does not allow dogs.

Corte Madera, Tiburon & Strawberry Point

For this trail, bikers can travel south down the Tiburon Peninsula on Paradise Drive for beautiful views of the Bay. Hikers can begin in downtown Tiburon and walk along an old railroad alignment for around 3 miles before reaching Blackie’s Pasture where you can visit the statue of Blackie the horse. For more of an adventure, head to Strawberry Point and hike the Shoreline Spur Trail for even more bayshore views.

Activities

Native Nursery Tour

Save The Bay grows between 35-100 thousand plants every year for our restoration projects. This means that every year we get to watch plants move through the beginning of their life cycle. We grow about 30 different native species, each with its own unique life cycle. Come tour our native plant nursery and learn about a very special marsh plant that you can see all over the Bay: marsh gumplant, also called by its scientific name, Grindelia stricta.

Pied-billed Grebe

Birdwatching

Grab a pair of binoculars and head to Las Gallinas Sanitary District Wildlife Area. Wastewater treatment plants often provide birders excellent opportunities to see marshland species from levee trails encircling ponds, and Las Gallinas includes wildlife viewing as part of its mission. Numerous waterfowl and raptors including Cackling Goose, Erurasion Wigeon, Osprey, Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, four species of falcon and the Great Horned Owl have been spotted here.


Redesigning Highway 37: A Regional Model for Multi-benefit Climate Resilience

Aerial of Highway 37 along the shoreline
Photo: Sonoma Land Trust

If your Bay Day adventures lead you to the shoreline trails along areas of the recently restored San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge, you’ll definitely rely on Highway 37 to get there. You may not know it, but Highway 37 is actually one of the roads in the Bay Area most threatened by sea level rise. In fact, this narrow and chronically congested highway already suffers from flooding like in 2017 when it was closed for nearly a month after especially heavy rains. With rising tides due to climate change, in the coming years large stretches of this critical connection will be regularly underwater. But if done right, solving these flooding and congestion challenges could also be the key to restoring even more tidal marshes in the north bay – a lot more.

An effort being led by the Sonoma Land Trust is working to redesign Highway 37 to create a win for both the drivers who rely on it, and for the Bay by reconnecting more than 20,000 acres of restorable tidal marsh that are currently cut off by the highway. Ultimately, this effort is working with Caltrans to elevate Highway 37 along a causeway. Doing so will allow for congestion relief and ensure the new road is resilient to rising tides, while also allowing for the full restoration of the San Pablo Baylands.

To achieve these goals, we have to change how we measure the costs and benefits of an infrastructure project. Investing in an elevated Highway 37 is not just a simple road improvement project but is actually a regional model for multi-benefit climate resilience that will help the state meets its goals for using nature to fight climate change. And, since this is one of the largest potential shoreline restoration projects remaining in the Bay, if successful a future Bay Day visit to the area may have even more to offer.

Meta’s Climate Commitment – at Home and Afar

Meta’s Climate Commitment – at Home and Afar

This year’s Bay Day Challenge is now up and running, and Meta has once again showed its support for Save The Bay’s mission through sponsorship of the annual event. In addition to showing up for local organizations, Meta has demonstrated its commitment to combating climate change and promoting biodiversity at its offices and data centers around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the ways Meta is working to protect the environment near and far.

Aerial photo of Meta's green roof and campus

Green Roof

Meta’s Menlo Park headquarters is spearheading an effort to increase biodiversity in San Francisco Bay through the development of its 12.5-acre green roof and 11-acre campus park. The green roof features over 600 trees and 5,300 birds across a variety of habitats, including grasslands and oak savannas. The campus park has focused on diversifying tree species, particularly oaks, and planting trees that are adapted to the hotter, drier climate we are now experiencing in the Bay.

Aerial photo of Meta's data center

Data Centers

Across the country and the globe, Meta has constructed certified LEED Gold data centers that take each unique local habitat into consideration. After extensive research of each area, the buildings are designed to mimic the natural environment and reduce urban heat island effect by including native and adaptive species. In combination with efficient irrigation systems and sustainable wood products, these measures save over 80,000 kilogallons of water per year.

Watersheds

In addition to designing its data centers with water conservation in mind, Meta is working with local organizations in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah to restore local watersheds. These projects reduce runoff, increase water storage capacity, and restore landscapes and rivers that increase wetlands and provide habitat for fish and vegetation. The results support nearby communities’ water supplies and help restore local habitats.

For more information on the many ways Meta is working towards a more sustainable future and to follow along on their journey to reach net zero emissions across its value chain, check out their sustainability website.

Explore San Francisco and the Peninsula | Bay Day 2022

Explore San Francisco and the Peninsula | Bay Day 2022

You can still sign up to participate in the Bay Day Challenge. Once you’ve completed your outdoor activities or hit the Bay Trail, submit your miles and activities to the Bay Day RunSignUp portal.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and share your adventure with #BayDayChallenge #SFBayDay and tag @saveSFbay for the chance to win a $50 Sports Basement gift card every week.

Bay Day Regional Spotlight

Map of the Bay Area

Discovery Guide

Trails

Burlingame to Redwood Shores

This 15.2 mile trail begins at Anza Lagoon and hugs the shoreline until you reach San Mateo’s Ryder and Seal Point Parks. These parks feature playgrounds, picnic areas, and restored wetlands where you can launch kayaks, enjoy lunch, and observe the tidal water system. The trail continues further south to Belmont Slough where enthusiasts can continue to Redwood Shores Ecological Reserve for an even longer hike.

San Francisco Southern Waterfront

Travel along San Francisco’s Southern Waterfront to take in sights new and old. Begin at Oracle Park and head south, passing by Agua Vista Park and the Chase Center. Visit Heron’s Head Park and India Basin Shoreline Park where you can step into Eco Center, the only 100% off-the-grid building in San Francisco. While Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard is closed for redevelopment, take local roads to reach Candlestick Point State Recreation Area and Yosemite Slough.

Activities

Community Clean Up

This Saturday is California Coastal Cleanup Day! If you can’t make it out to volunteer with us on the MLK Jr. Shoreline, you can clean up in your own neighborhood. Trash in our cities and roadways are responsible for a lot of the trash that gets into our creeks and into the Bay. By cleaning up your community, you are stopping trash from polluting our waterways, Bay, and ocean.

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Art at Seal Point Park

Check out the sleek metal sculptures as you stroll or ride through Seal Point Park in San Mateo. Some sculptures draw inspiration from natural forms and many interact with the wind and acoustics of their environment.


San Francisco Shoreline Parks

In the past two years, San Francisco has become home to several shoreline park restoration and construction projects that provide residents with more access to the Bay. Check out some of the new and upcoming park features across San Francisco.

Vegetated shoreline with cranes nearby

India Basin Waterfront Park

As a former shipbuilding hub, India Basin has since been a historically under-resourced community leading to environmental pollution, rot, and lack of access to the Bay shoreline. The India Basin Waterfront Park Project was developed to clean up contamination from years of neglect, restore the tidal landscape, and produce a park with plenty of recreation opportunities. The project developed a community-driven Equitable Development Plan to “ensure this waterfront park will benefit current Bayview-Hunters Point residents while preserving the culture and identity of the historic neighborhood” as a commitment to environmental justice and equity.

Last year, the SF Bay Restoration Funding Authority awarded the project nearly $5 million to restore the shoreline and remove debris and dilapidated buildings. In August, the project celebrated completion of the 18-month cleanup phase, and on September 14th, the project broke ground on rehabilitation of the historic Shipwright’s Cottage and construction of a food pavilion, two piers, and more.
Currently, the park features restored tidal salt marsh that provides fantastic opportunities for birdwatchers, kayak and trail access, and plenty of views of the Bay.

Lawn and rocky shoreline leading to the Bay

Crane Cove Park

Crane Cove Park, located between Dogpatch and Mission Bay, is a 7-acre waterfront park providing much-needed green space and water access to its neighborhoods’ residents. Currently the park offers views of the historic cranes Nick and Nora that the park is named for, open areas for picnics and barbecuing, and a rocky beach for wading and boat-watching.

The Crane Cove Capital Campaign is ongoing with hopes of completing two children play areas, a dog run, a rehabilitation project on the crane tops, and several other projects.

Plant beds, cement paths, and lawns with San Francisco Bay in the distance

Presidio Tunnel Tops

Newly opened above the Presidio Parkway Tunnels is the Presidio Tunnel Tops, featuring beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The outdoor play space encourages kids (and adults) to play as they would in nature with unique climbing structures and a water area. Check out the field station to do some hands-on learning about the flora, fauna, and history of the Presidio. For bigger history buffs, park rangers present historical anecdotes about people who have passed through the Presidio in Park Ranger Campfire Talks every Friday through Sunday. If you get hungry from all the exploring, grab a bite to eat at the various food trucks, tents, and carts across the park.

Explore the South Bay | Bay Day 2022

Explore the South Bay | Bay Day 2022

You can still sign up to participate in the Bay Day Challenge. Once you’ve completed your outdoor activities or hit the Bay Trail, submit your miles and activities to the Bay Day RunSignUp portal.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and share your adventure with #BayDayChallenge #SFBayDay and tag @saveSFbay for the chance to win a $50 Sports Basement gift card every week.

Bay Day Regional Spotlight

Map of the Bay Area

Discovery Guide

Trails

Alviso to Newark

Alviso is a historic waterfront town in the city of San José, located at the southernmost part of the Bay.  The former marina has been restored back into wetlands and houses a variety of trails. As you explore you can see wetlands, brackish and freshwater marshes, and salt ponds. The nearby Environmental Education Center off of Grand Boulevard exhibits some interpretative displays of wetland wildlife and has its own 4.5 mile loop trail surrounding a restored salt pond.

Ravenswood Slough to Alviso

This trail begins at Bedwell Bayfront Park, heading southward into the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and finishing at Alviso Marina County Park. From here you can explore the Ravenswood Open Space Preserve, discover the Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, and visit the nearby Sunnyvale Baylands Park which features seasonal wetlands and grassy uplands that are great for picnicking.

Activities

Monitoring Restoration Sites

Save The Bay’s Habitat Restoration Team is currently monitoring restoration sites. In order to know where to focus our work, we systematically observe our site looking for a variety of species and habitat structures. This process is called monitoring and in this video, we’ll show you what monitoring looks like. Modeling our restoration strategy around the natural processes of these native habitats gives them the best chance for success well into the future.

Bridge in a park with trees and grass

Picnic at Sunnyvale Baylands Park

Sunnyvale Baylands Park features fields to sit and relax on, playgrounds for the children, and beautiful trails to observe preserved wetlands. Baylands Park provides over seventy acres of developed parkland offering active recreation, pathways and picnic areas for families and large groups. An additional 105 acres of seasonal wetlands is protected as a Wetlands Preserve providing habitat for plants and wildlife.


Large-scale Restoration near Bedwell Bayfront Park

Gently sloped swat of vegetation along the shoreline
Ravenswood horizontal levee

On the southeast side of Bedwell Bayfront Park, Save The Bay is using innovative restoration techniques to create a nature-based solution to flooding and sea level rise. The 9.6 acre Ravenswood horizontal levee project offers a glimpse of what 21st century levees could look like in the Bay Area and beyond. By creating a wide, gently sloping, vegetated buffer of land, horizontal levees help prevent water from moving inland and protect communities from flooding and sea level rise. The restored native habitat will also provide crucial refuge for local wildlife.

For this large-scale project, Save The Bay is combining tried and true restoration methods of planting native species by hand with new strategies that utilize farming equipment to quickly spread rhizomes and seed mixes throughout the area. The Ravenswood horizontal levee is an important evolution in levee design and restoration technology, offering an example of how future shoreline adaptation projects can build resilience against climate change.

With recreational trails connecting to Bedwell Bayfront Park, Ravenswood is an easily accessible site to enjoy nature at the edge of the Bay.


Urban Greening in San José

Rain garden along a sidewalk with a protected bike lane and median of trees

Chynoweth Street, San José

As climate change intensifies across the globe, Bay Area residents are grappling with the immediate impacts in the form of intense heat waves, unhealthy air quality and more frequent flooding, caused by rising sea levels and erratic weather patterns. For cities in the Bay Area, especially low-lying and shore-adjacent cities like San José, the importance of building climate resilience is becoming increasingly clear.

One of the most effective and transformative methods of building climate resilience is through urban greening. Urban greening incorporates nature back into urban areas, especially in vulnerable communities that have been historically underserved, in order to improve environmental health and community livability. By including features such as rain gardens, bioswales, and trees in planter boxes, cities can use natural systems to address some of the negative impacts of climate change.

The benefits of urban greening are vast. It can reduce the urban heat island effect, improve air quality, and buffer communities against flooding. Additionally, it creates more tranquil public spaces, which in turn can encourage active transportation and improve mental health. This nature-based, multi-benefit approach will not only protect the health and safety of residents, but can also make the city a more equitable and desirable place to live, work, and play.

San José has already made some investments in green infrastructure. The Park Avenue Green Streets Pilot Project, along Park Avenue between University Avenue and Sunol Street, includes 6,500 square feet of curbside rain gardens. These rain gardens replaced impermeable asphalt, and will help absorb and filter stormwater from surrounding roadways. On Chynoweth Avenue, 5,600 square feet of curbside rain gardens replaced what was once asphalt. The rain gardens host drought tolerant plants and tree wells to absorb and filter stormwater. Take a walk for your Bay Day Challenge to see urban greening in action in San José!

Explore the East Bay | Bay Day 2022

Explore the East Bay | Bay Day 2022

30 Days of the Bay starts now! Whether you are traversing 30 miles of the San Francisco Bay Trail or completing 10 Bay-related activities, here is your guide to taking on the Bay Day Challenge in the East Bay. Check back every week for other Bay Area regional spotlights on new trails, key partners, and inspiring projects – discover what makes our region so special, and get motivated to explore.

Once you’ve hit the Bay Trail or engaged outdoors, submit your miles and activities to the Bay Day RunSignUp portal. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and share your adventure with #BayDayChallenge #SFBayDay and tag @saveSFbay for the chance to win a $50 Sports Basement gift card every week.

Bay Day Regional Spotlight

Map of San Francisco Bay

Discovery Guide

Trails

Newark to San Leandro

This 12 mile walking and biking trail begins at the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters and ends at the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center. Along the way you will find Coyote Hills Regional Park and a Visitor Center filled with wildlife and wetland display exhibits. Pass by Eden Landing Ecological Reserve where you can find fishing ponds and picnic sites.

Oakland to Albany

Begin this 15.3 mile trail at the Port of Oakland and visit Portview Park and Middle Harbor Shoreline Park for views of the Bay Bridge and San Francisco skyline. Head north and pass through the Emeryville City Marina and McLaughlin Eastshore State Park, named for Save The Bay co-founder Sylvia McLaughlin! The trail ends at the Albany Mudflats Ecological Reserve where you can find the Albany Bulb and beautiful Bay views.

Activities

Ecosystem Explorer

Check out our OLO Ecosystem Explorer video to learn how to identify and explore different types of ecosystems around San Francisco Bay.

Download our Ecosystem Explorer Guide and explore an open space near you. Use this activity worksheet to make observations, collect evidence of biotic and abiotic factors, and create your own guide.

Woman picking up trash on the shoreline

Participate in a Clean Up

Pollution prevention is one way we can help conserve and restore the Bay. Join us throughout the East Bay to help remove trash before it ends up in our waterways, Bay, and ocean.

Coastal Clean Up Day: September 17

  • Save The Bay, MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline in Oakland
  • Creek to Bay Day, City-sponsored clean up sites throughout Oakland

Bay Day Bash: October 1

  • Save The Bay, MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline in Oakland and sponsored by Meta

Climate Resilience in Oakland and Beyond

Rain garden on a sidewalk in Oakland

The City of Oakland is currently updating its General Plan, a blueprint that will guide the City’s development in the coming decades. Over the past months, Save The Bay has been advocating for climate resilience to be prioritized in the General Plan Update process. This has included meeting with City staff and community stakeholders, as well as attending outreach events and submitting comments on the General Plan elements.

One major milestone in our Oakland General Plan work was the passage of a citywide resolution incorporating climate resilience and adaptation measures into the General Plan update. This resolution, sponsored by Councilmember Dan Kalb and President Pro Tempore Sheng Thao, called for the General Plan to work towards “healthy, resilient communities that are equipped to thrive in the face of climate hazards.” It directs City staff to prioritize environmental justice outcomes for frontline communities, and requires climate resilience to be incorporated into housing, infrastructure, and other related issues.

This Oakland resolution will help ensure that the city is resilient to climate impacts in the coming decades. It also serves as a model of climate resilience planning throughout the Bay Area. If cities across our region incorporate resilience into their planning processes, it will move us towards a safer and more environmentally just Bay Area.


A Decade of Habitat Restoration at Eden Landing

3 people showing off their pile of pulled weeds

Eden Landing Ecological Reserve (ELER) is one of our staff members’ favorite sites for viewing wildlife, exploring transition zone habitats, and witnessing change on the landscape. This 6,400-acre reserve of restored salt ponds, marshes, and upland habitats has been a restoration location for Save The Bay for over a decade. We partner with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to complete this work and have successfully restored 8 transition zone sites, totaling over 6 acres.

In the spring of this year, we launched into work on our ninth site! A new site begins with plenty of weeding: removing species that grow quickly and take over the landscape to make more room for natives. With the help of volunteers, we removed over two tons of weeds from our new site this spring. As the (hopefully) rainy season approaches, we will begin planting a diverse selection of native species, creating habitat for wildlife, and providing many additional ecosystem services.

If you head out to Eden Landing this month, walk along the road from the parking lot toward the kayak launch. The left side of the trail is a site we restored ten years ago. The right side is our new site. Take your time to observe the similarities and differences between the two. Send us any questions that come up as you explore.  Enjoy!

Bay Day 2022 Registration is Open!

Bay Day 2022 Registration is Open!

Save The Bay invites you to join the Bay Day Challenge and celebrate Bay Day every day for 30 days — presented in partnership with San Francisco Bay Trail.

Our region-wide event brings you many ways to connect, explore, and discover San Francisco Bay, so find the one that’s right for you. Take on the 30 Mile Trail Challenge or complete 10 Bay-related activities the whole family can enjoy — any time, anywhere. Challenge yourself, or create a team with family or friends.

Last year, over 1,000 people collectively traveled nearly 20,000 miles of the Bay Trail and completed 430 activities. We can’t wait to see how you celebrate this year. Sign up and join the fun!

30 Days — Over 250 Chances to Win

man wearing a blue shirt with a yellow design

This year we have over 250 chances to win prizes and take home swag. The first 200 registrants will receive a commemorative Bay Day t-shirt featuring our home, San Francisco Bay — so make sure to register early.

Everyone who completes the challenge will be entered to win our grand prize, a $500 gift card to Sports Basement. 2 runners-up will receive $50 gift cards to Sports Basement and 50 people who complete the challenge will be sent fun Save The Bay gear.

Finally, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @saveSFbay and share your adventure with #SFBayDay #BayDayChallenge. Each week we’ll have social media contests with $50 Sports Basement gift cards prizes.

Thank You for Another Successful Bay Day!

Thank You for Another Successful Bay Day!

Now that our 6th annual Bay Day is officially over, we want to thank you all for making it such a success! From walking the trail, sharing the challenge with your friends and families, tagging us in your posts on Instagram, and logging your miles, you all found unique and inspiring ways to celebrate San Francisco Bay.

This year we had 1,077 people who walked, biked, hiked, kayaked, and explored San Francisco Bay as part of the Bay Day Trail Challenge. We had participants from every county of the Bay join us, covering 19,774 miles of trail in total and completing 428 activities. We hope that in participating in this year’s Bay Day, you were able to connect with the Bay around you.

While Bay Day is over, Save The Bay’s important work continues. To keep up with us and continue to support our mission, visit our website, make a donation, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Thank you again for joining us for Bay Day 2021 – we can’t wait to see you next year!

We Want to Hear from You

Did you enjoy Bay Day? Can you think of ways to make Bay Day better? Your Trail Challenge experience is important to us. Fill out this short survey to help us improve next year’s Bay Day!

The first 25 responses who have not yet received Bay Day swag will be sent a limited-edition Bay Day t-shirt.

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Explore the North Bay | Bay Day 2021

Explore the North Bay | Bay Day 2021

Bay Day Regional Spotlight

Map of North Bay

Brought to you by Facebook, weekly regional spotlights give an in-depth look at the Bay Area. From trails and activities to inspire your Bay Day Trail Challenge adventures, to partners and locations vital to Save The Bay’s mission of creating a healthy and resilient Bay – discover what makes our region so special, and so important to protect.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook and share your adventure with #BayTrailChallenge #SFBayDay and tag @saveSFbay for the chance to win a $50 REI gift certificate every week in October.


Discovery Guide

Trails

North Vallejo to Napa

Northern Vallejo to Napa is a 37.2 mile moderate trail that features a river and is great for hiking and cycling. This trail is part of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s 1,400-acre Napa Plant Site Restoration Project. As you head into Napa County, the Wetlands Edge Bay Trail provides a bevy of birds and expansive marsh views. Nearby, there is also the Napa Valley Vine Trail, a planned 47-mile walking and cycling path.

Carquinez Strait

This trail is a 17.9 mile moderately-rated path between Point Wilson and Carquinez Bridge. When completely finished, the trail will one day encircle the entire Carquinez Strait. For now, walk along the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline for spectacular views of the Strait with boats cruising through the Strait, trains running along the shore, and hawks flying overhead. This path will also take you into Benicia State Recreation Area, which connects to Glen Cove Waterfront Park.

Activities

Ecosystem Explorer

Check out our OLO Ecosystem Explorer video to learn how to identify and explore different types of ecosystems around San Francisco Bay.

Download our Ecosystem Explorer Guide and explore an open space near you. Use this activity worksheet to make observations, collect evidence of biotic and abiotic factors, and create your own guide.


Meet the Novato Baylands Stewards

Two people in field collecting seeds
Collecting native annual seed with NBS in spring 2020

Novato Baylands Stewards (NBS) was founded in 2019 after nearly 10 years of dedicated restoration and stewardship of the Hamilton Wetlands Restoration Project. Previously the Hamilton Army Airfield, U.S. Congress authorized the Hamilton Wetland Restoration Project (including the NAF) in 1999, which in addition to the Bel Marin Keys Wetland Restoration Project comprises 2,600 acres of habitat. When complete, these tidal and seasonal wetlands will better support native bird and animal species, provide shoreline protection, and recreational opportunities to the north bay.

At the helm of NBS is Christina McWhorter, an ecologist and environmental educator with a passion for hands-on work and bringing the community together to restore wetland habitat. Christina founded the Novato Baylands Stewards with the support of MarinLink (a 501c3 organization) in an effort to continue the critical work being done around the Novato Baylands. In addition to Christina, the NBS is made up of two staff members, seasonal work training crews, and a team of dedicated volunteers who are involved in all aspects of restoration work – from vegetative monitoring to invasive species removal to repairing the occasional water control structure.

Plant beds with netting cover
In-ground native plant propagation at Hamilton Wetlands Nursery

In 2017, the Novato Baylands Stewards joined Save The Bay in our efforts to collect and propagate native species for the Bel Marin Keys Wetland Restoration Project. Their access and knowledge of local plant populations was critical in amassing enough plant material to revegetate the seasonal wetland. Now in the second year of the outplanting phase, we are working under their lead in planting those native species across the 44-acre project site.

Bank of America: A Future of Sustainability

Bank of America: A Future of Sustainability

Save the Bay is once again proud to partner with our valued supporter Bank of America as a top-tier Bay Day sponsor for the second year in a row. Visit our 2020 blog post to check out Bank of America’s work with us in past years.

Bank of America has long been committed to environmental improvement and sustainability, having raised over $200 billion for sustainable causes by implementing green business initiatives, individual employee programs, and close collaboration with organizations like Save the Bay.

Now, they’re building on this work into the future: Bank of America recently pledged $1 trillion for sustainable development by 2030 as part of their Environmental Business Initiative. This pledge will help accelerate the global transition towards a low-carbon, sustainable economy. They have also made a company commitment of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions before 2050. Greenhouse gas emissions and the particulate matter that accompany them directly harms the Bay by polluting its air and water, and minimizing these emissions are key to the Bay’s health. To that, Bank of America’s new environmental initiatives will not only create a global sustainable shift but also directly protect the Bay and its communities for years to come.

Bank of America is not just focused on change at a corporate level, but at an employee level as well. Over the last 10 years, their My Environment Employee Program has encouraged over 24,000 employees in 32 countries to commit to sustainability. The program seeks to connect employees across the globe who share a passion for environmentalism, and empowers them by providing opportunities such as organizing beach clean ups, recycling campaigns, and sustainability webinars.

Finally, Bank of America has also gone above and beyond to support Save the Bay specifically through grants that contribute to community greening efforts and environmental education. They have also closely supported our Habitat Restoration Team, with employees making special trips to our restoration sites such as the Palo Alto Baylands, touring our native plant nursery, and restoring our site at the MLK shoreline through planting native plants and collecting invasive weeds and trash.

On both a corporate and employee level, Bank of America is dedicated to a future of sustainability, ensuring that places like San Francisco Bay can thrive and grow. To learn more about Bank of America’s environmental initiatives, visit bankofamerica.com/environment.

Explore San Francisco and the Peninsula | Bay Day 2021

Explore San Francisco and the Peninsula | Bay Day 2021

Bay Day Regional Spotlight

Map of San Francisco and Penninsula

Brought to you by Facebook, weekly regional spotlights give an in-depth look at the Bay Area. From trails and activities to inspire your Bay Day Trail Challenge adventures, to partners and locations vital to Save The Bay’s mission of creating a healthy and resilient Bay – discover what makes our region so special, and so important to protect.

Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook and share your adventure with #BayTrailChallenge #SFBayDay and tag @saveSFbay for the chance to win a $50 REI gift certificate every week in October.


Discovery Guide

Trails

Belmont Slough to Bedwell Bayfront Park

This hiking and walking trail is a 8.6 mile point-to-point trail near Redwood City that features a river and is good for all skill levels. At the tip of the peninsula there are observation platforms to view the wetlands of the Redwood Shores Ecological Reserve. The trail also passes through the Bair Island Ecological Reserve, a 3000-acre wetland complex, and ends with a two-mile loop in Bedwell Bayfront Park.

San Francisco Northern Waterfront

San Francisco Northern Waterfront is a 7.9 mile heavily trafficked and easy walking, running, and biking trail along the city’s waterfront. The trail begins at the iconic Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge and hugs the shoreline towards Crissy Field, passing restored wetlands and sand dunes. After passing through parks, harbors, and wharfs, the path reaches Oracle Park, where you can watch an inning for free from the stadium’s public viewing area.

Activities

Climate Change and Human Impacts

Check out this video to learn more about how human-driven climate change is affecting the world around us, including San Francisco Bay.


Quartermaster Reach and the Presidio Trust

sunset over Crissy Marsh
Crissy Marsh, Charity Vargas – Presidio Trust

Historically, the San Francisco peninsula did not sustain a great deal of tidal marsh habitat, but what did exist was largely altered and destroyed during the settlement and population growth of the Gold Rush era. Critical wetland restoration work, undertaken by the Presidio Trust and initiated with the renaissance of the Chrissy Marsh in the late 1990s, has reached a new phase in San Francisco.

The Quartermaster Reach project is a long-anticipated tidal marsh restoration project undertaken by the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Quartermaster Reach will restore seven acres of tidal marsh habitat adjacent to Chrissy Field. The project is the most recent piece of the multi-decade effort to restore the integrity of the Tennessee Hollow watershed, beginning with the El Polín Spring upstream and ending with output into the Bay.

aerial photo of construction at Quartermaster Ranch Marsh
Quartermaster Reach Marsh, Cris Gebhardt – Presidio Trust

In addition to planting over 20,000 native saltmarsh and dune plant species, the restoration includes habitat creation intended to support the recovery of the native Olympic oyster. The restored Chrissy and Quartermaster Reach marshes provide rich brackish habitat for numerous native bay species including migratory birds, fish, and crabs. Footbridges and trails weave above and through the restored areas along the length of the watershed allowing park visitors to get up close and personal with these well-stewarded resources.


Sea Level Rise in San Mateo County

aerial photo of houses and neighborhoods on shoreline in Foster City
Foster City, San Mateo County

Given its location on the San Francisco Peninsula, wherever you are in San Mateo County, it seems like you’re never very far from the Bay. That’s partly what makes San Mateo County such a desirable place to live and work, but it also puts San Mateo at higher risk for future flooding due to sea level rise. In fact, San Mateo has more property (measured by value) and people at risk from sea level rise than any other county in the Bay Area. That includes regional infrastructure like the San Francisco Airport, large employment centers for some of the Bay Area’s biggest businesses, and individual homes that have been built on land that was once tidal marsh.

Luckily San Mateo County recognizes the risk and is already taking steps to make the county more resilient to climate change and sea level rise. Thanks to the strong leadership of people like Rep. Jackie Speier, Assemblymember Kevin Mullin, and Supervisor Dave Pine, in 2020 the county created the San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District (OneShoreline). This is the first agency in the Bay Area specifically authorized to coordinate a county-wide approach to protecting people and property from future flood risk due to sea level rise.

This county-wide approach is crucial since the ability to plan and finance projects vary greatly by city, but flood protections can’t stop at the city limits. Despite being a hub for the Silicon Valley tech industry, some communities remain vastly under-resourced and vulnerable to climate change. A coordinated approach that plans projects with a regional focus is a step toward ensuring that all San Mateo County residents are protected from rising tides and that climate resilience in the county is more equitable. Hopefully, this is an approach that will be adopted by other counties around the region, allowing for a more coordinated and accelerated approach to protecting communities at risk for future flooding.


Working to Address San Mateo’s Housing Needs

The Bay Area is facing a housing crisis and needs to build significantly more housing to meet the needs of current and future residents. But where and how we build that housing is inextricably linked to our region’s approach to dealing with climate change. Save The Bay, though our Bay Smart Communities initiative, works to support housing development in ways that lessen the environmental impact of our cities, and promotes more resilient and equitable communities.

In San Mateo County, Save The Bay has partnered with the Housing Leadership Council to find ways to address these two crucial and linked needs. Over the past few years, we have co-hosted a series of workshops focused on identifying ways to meet our region’s housing needs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, protecting people from current future flood risk, and easing development pressure along the shoreline and in undeveloped lands. Look for information on our next workshop hosted by HLC and in partnership with Greenbelt Alliance in early November.