The wetlands of the San Francisco Bay are an integral part of the region’s iconic beauty, but sea-level rise, human activity, and climatic changes have brought about a critical moment. Sea levels are rising, weather patterns are shifting toward drought, and the sediment supply that has helped nourish the Bay lands since the Gold Rush has been critically diminished.
Many of our levees, flood-control channels, roads, railways, storm drains, garbage dumps, and sewage treatment systems have all been built at the edge of the bay.  Salt ‘farming’ operations have dominated much of this landscape. This alteration of the shore has left a legacy of fragmented habitats with small and stressed native wildlife populations and fixed, inflexible systems for controlling water and sediment flows. 

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