San Francisco: Vote Yes on Prop A Seawall Repair

San Francisco’s Embarcadero seawall—the manmade barrier between the city and San Francisco Bay—is crumbling. Baykeeper supports a bond measure on the ballot in San Francisco this November to repair it.

Built in the 1850s, San Francisco’s 3-mile seawall can’t withstand another century of wind, rain, and tide surges, particularly as climate change causes sea levels to rise and storms to intensify. And in the likely event of a major earthquake in the coming decades, the seawall could collapse entirely, submerging parts of downtown San Francisco.

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Baykeeper Releases ShoreView Planning Tool for Sea Level Rise

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Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Executive Director, 925-330-7757 or Ian Wren, Staff Scientist, 415-810-6956

(San Francisco Bay, CA) – Sea levels are expected to rise in San Francisco Bay by at least three feet over the next 80 years.  Many people around the Bay Area, including those working for local governments responsible for shoreline adaptation, don’t know what that will mean. 

ShoreView, a new way of viewing the Bay using Google StreetView technology, provides a glimpse into how sea level rise will affect the Bay’s shoreline and Bay Area communities.   

Fishermen, Tribal Members, and Enviros Band Together to Advocate for More Flows at Sacramento Press Conference

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Today, a coalition of environmental organizations, Northern California Indian tribal members, and commercial and sportfishing organizations held a press conference at the State Capitol to advocate for strong salinity standards and unimpaired San Joaquin River flows as part of the State Water Resources Control Board’s Water Quality Control Plan updates for the Bay-Delta (Phase I).

A Healthy Bay for Bat Rays

Do you know what Bay animal resembles both an eagle and a trash compactor?

Bat rays are best known for their wide, bat-like “wings” (actually pectoral fins) that make them elegant swimmers. They’re a kind of eagle ray, and they’ll sometimes even pop up to the water’s surface to coast in the air.

And instead of teeth, bat rays have two fused grinding plates for crushing rigid prey, sort of like a trash compactor. They hunt worms, clams, crabs, fish, and whatever else they find in the sand and mud of San Francisco Bay’s floor.

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