Baykeeper Update

Victory for the Bay: Measure AA Passes

In a victory for San Francisco Bay, Measure AA received 69% of the vote in the nine-county Bay Area, putting it over the 2/3 majority it needed to pass.

“Baykeeper is proud to be part of this win for our region’s most precious natural resource,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Baykeeper Executive Director. “This is a time to celebrate, because the Bay Area has come together to support a healthier and more resilient San Francisco Bay for future generations.”

Measure AA will provide funds to:

  • Restore San Francisco Bay wetlands
  • Reduce trash and other pollution in the Bay
  • Protect shoreline communities from future flooding
  • Increase trails and parks along the Bay shoreline

San Francisco Bay’s ecosystem and shoreline communities face a serious threat from rising sea levels caused by global climate change. The Bay has also lost most of the wetlands that could provide natural flood protection and filtering of pollutants. The majority of Measure AA funds will be used to restore 35,000 acres of Bay wetlands. This will improve habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife, and help protect shoreline communities from storm surges and rising sea levels.

Measure AA is a $12 per year parcel tax—a tax on each piece of property in the nine counties surrounding San Francisco Bay. The tax is expected to result in matching funds from the California and federal governments.

Photo by Tracy Corbin