Preserve Biodiversity Hotspot

San Francisco Bay by Steven Kapinos

Target: Senator Barbara Boxer of California

Goal: Raise $500 million to restore San Francisco Bay.

Voters in six Bay Area counties have the opportunity to raise $500 million for restoration and flood protection in San Francisco Bay. A measure on an upcoming ballot would collect these funds and keep San Francisco Bay pristine, at the cost of a $12 parcel tax for each resident. Many environmental groups and elected officials have expressed their support for the measure, including Representative Jared Huffman and Senator Diane Feinstein. Urge Senator Barbara Boxer to add her voice to those insisting on a clean, healthy bay.

The money obtained from this measure would go toward endeavors such as South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project, which aims to transform 15,000 acres of commercial salt lands back into wetlands. These wetlands would then provide flood protection and increased recreation to South Bay residents. Other similar projects have already been successful, like the restoration at Sears Point. In 2014, a tidal flow occurred between the bay and this restoration site for the first time in 120 years.

The wetlands that the measure seek to restore are crucial to a variety of ecosystems. San Francisco Bay is a biodiversity hotspot, containing over 50 species of land mammals, 200 species of bird, and 150 species of butterflies and moths. More than 90 of its animal and plant species are endangered. These species need the wetlands this measure would restore to survive. Wetlands provide clean water, shoreline stabilization, and habitats for migratory birds.

San Francisco Bay requires 100,000 acres of wetland for its health and preservation. Plans exist to restore 30,000 acres, but these plans need funding. Call on Senator Boxer to speak in favor of that funding.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Senator Boxer,

Please raise your voice and support giving San Francisco Bay restoration the funding it needs. There is currently a measure on the ballot that would raise $500 million for this restoration over the next 20 years. This measure would decrease water pollution, expand wildlife habitats, and prevent flooding.

San Francisco Bay is home to a variety of plant and animal species, over 90 of which are endangered. In order for these species to thrive, San Francisco Bay must thrive as well. Money collected by this measure would support works like the South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. The goal of this project is to re-create 15,000 acres worth of wetlands out of commercial salt ponds. San Francisco Bay needs 100,000 acres of wetlands to remain healthy in the years to come. Wetlands provide important ecological functions such as habitats and water purification.

Many environmental groups and politicians, including your colleague Senator Feinstein, have lent their support to this measure. Combine your voice with theirs and ensure a healthy bay for future generations.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Steven Kapinos

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