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. 

 

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Related Grants

date grant program term amount
Mar 2017 San Francisco Baylands Other 24 months $500,000
Oct 2015 Pacific Herring in San Francisco Bay San Francisco Bay Area 36 months $1,065,196
May 2004 South Bay Habitat Restoration Film Project San Francisco Bay Area 16 months $102,054
Feb 2003 Cargill South Bay Salt Ponds Initial Stewardship Activities San Francisco Bay Area 12 months $180,000
Apr 2002 Public Acquisition of 16,596 Acres of Salt-Producing Land at the Edge of San Francisco Bay San Francisco Bay Area 36 months $6,330,000
Feb 2004 South Bay Salt Ponds San Francisco Bay Area 60 months $4,833,200
Feb 2004 South Bay Salt Ponds San Francisco Bay Area 60 months $241,800
Jan 2013 Building Support for Long-term Baylands Restoration Funding San Francisco Bay Area 13 months $447,555
May 2013 Advancing Support for Long-term Baylands Restoration Funding San Francisco Bay Area 14 months $173,000
Dec 2013 Public Education for Long-term Baylands Restoration Funding Other 12 months $1,000,000
Sep 2004 Sonoma Baylands Acquisition San Francisco Bay Area 18 months $7,932,000
Oct 2013 Protecting North Bay wetlands -- Haire Ranch acquisition San Francisco Bay Area 12 months $353,711

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