The beauty of the Bay Area’s coast and shorelines is not easily put into words. The rivers, estuaries and bridges that define the Bay Area are representative of an area where the mix of fresh and saltwater is symbiotic.
Jane Kay recently described the Bay Area in National Geographic:
“This shifting, intricate blend of winds, currents, salinity, and temperature creates subtle gradations of habitat that offer something for all, from the early peoples who created coastal settlements, to the wild harbor seals and river otters seeking shelter on hidden islands, to the smallest plankton at the base of the food web.”
Despite its undeniable beauty, rising sea levels and a growing population are threatening the Bay Area. The need for freshwater is increasing along with the number of people moving to the area. Fortunately, this challenge has not gone unrecognized by local organizations and scientists.
The foundation supports several organizations who are committed to conserving the Bay Area marshlands, reefs and estuaries. Looking for natural ways to protect land areas — such as welcoming natural buffers of eelgrass, which lure wildlife into the area — is a goal of those focused on the long term resiliency of the area.
The Bay Area’s coastlines and ecosystems will continue to demand attention and care as the sea ebbs and flows. Those who live here will work to ensure its special character is preserved.