"When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first that is still to come."
Leonardo da Vinci
The San Francisco Bay is the largest estuary on the West Coast of the U.S. where fresh water from the Central Valley mixes with the salt water of the Pacific. Crabs, clams, fish and birds live in its deepwater channels, marshes and tidelands.

Oil on the Water

How You Can Fight Water Pollution

We have a serious catastrophe on our hands. Each day, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association estimates that 12,000-19,000 barrels of oil are spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Growing Up in the Bay’s Murky Waters

Eelgrass Plays a Key Role in Subtidal Ecosystems

Have you ever been walking along the shoreline and seen green patches of vegetation in the water? That's most likely eelgrass, Zostera marina.

What’s in Your Watershed? You Are!

Our Watersheds Connect Us to One Another and to Our Environment

Our lives are interconnected by our watersheds. No matter where in the Bay Area you live, water trickles around you on its journey to one of the world's greatest estuaries--the San Francisco Bay.

Is Your Local Creek Dirty?

How Data Collection Can Save a Creek

A deadline is approaching. It isn't one most of us have heard about. August 30th is the last day the California State Water Resources Control Board will accept data submissions for the 2012 303(d) List. The what?

Showdown Over Plastic Bags

Finally, A Statewide Effort to Reduce Trash, Save Energy, and Protect Marine Life

As I begin this article, the ticker on www.reuseit.com shows that 293,651,720,000 plastic bags have been consumed this year.