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SFBWQIF Project Summaries
SF Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund (SFBWQIF) projects listed below are part of an EPA competitive grant program to improve SF Bay water quality focused on restoring impaired waters and enhancing aquatic resources. Also see environmental results from completed projects.
Projects on this page are organized in three categories:
San Francisco Bay is now home to major wetland restoration. Since 1998, over 20,000 acres of wetlands are on their way to being restored. Resource agencies are using the Baylands Ecosystem Habitat Goals Report to guide recovery of an additional 95,000 – 105,000 acres of tidal wetlands. The SFBWQIF has invested $100 million in 19 projects to restore over 4,000 acres of wetlands around the Bay.
Projects - Restoring Wetlands
- Breuner Marsh Restoration
- Cullinan Ranch Tidal Marsh Restoration
- Emerson Parcel of Dutch Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration
- Quartermaster Reach Restoration
- San Francisquito Creek Stabilization at Bonde Weir
- San Pablo Bay Tidal Marsh Enhancement and Water Quality Improvement
- Sears Point Tidal Marsh Restoration: Phase I
- Sears Point Tidal Marsh Restoration: Phase II
- South Bay Salt Pond Mercury Studies
- South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project: Phase II Construction at Ravenswood
- South Bay Salt Pond Tidal Marsh Restoration at Pond A17
- Upper York Creek Dam Removal, Fish Passage, and Ecosystem Restoration
The SFBWQIF has invested over $22 million to help implement 23 pollutant reduction action plans (known as total maximum daily loads, TMDLs). These address water quality impaired by some of the most challenging pollutants in the Bay, including sediment, trash, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and pathogens.
Projects - Restoring Watersheds
- Alameda Creek Restoration
- Clean Watersheds for a Clean Bay: Implementing the PCB TMDL
- Coyote Creek Trash Reduction Project: Clean Creeks, Healthy Communities
- Estuary 2100, Phase 1: Resilient Watersheds for a Changing Climate
- Estuary 2100, Phase 2: Building Partnerships for Resilient Watershed
- Pesticide Reduction Campaign: Greener Pesticides for Cleaner Waterways
- Improved Flood Control Channel Design
- Napa River Restoration: Rutherford Reach Completion and Oakville to Oak Knoll Reach
- Napa River Restoration: Oakville to Oak Knoll Reach, Group A Sites 21-23
- Napa River Restoration: Oakville to Oak Knoll Reach, Group C Site 14
- Napa River Sediment TMDL Implementation and Habitat Enhancement Plan
- Reducing Nutrients to San Francisco Bay through Additional Wastewater Sidestream Treatment
- Removing Mercury in the Guadalupe River Watershed: Remediating Calcine Paved Roads and Jacques Gulch
- Rethink Disposable: Packaging Waste Source Reduction Pilot
There is growing recognition that green development practices, such as low impact development (LID), using natural hydrologic processes to treat polluted runoff, should become common practice. To encourage widespread adoption of LID stormwater treatments, the SFBWQIF awarded $2.95 million to local governments to implement six projects throughout the Bay Area. Projects range from small one-block pilots to large-scale multi-block efforts. The projects also assist communities to develop policies and technical expertise necessary to continue to support and encourage green development practices.
Projects - Reducing Polluted Runoff
- Cesar Chavez Street LID Pilot
- San Pablo Avenue Green Stormwater Spine
- Fremont Tree-Well Filter
- Newcomb Avenue
Restored 1 mile of the Napa River - decreasing sedimentation by 3,000 tons per year and improving native fish habitat.
Removed invasive snails in the East Bay and cordgrass in Marin County.
Assessed 16,000 acres of public lands in Alameda County to capture and treat urban runoff
Seven municipalities adopted polystyrene or plastic bag ordinances
Enhancement of 2.24 acres of tidal flat and tidal marsh habitat in Hayward and Oakland
Certified 55 vineyards (7725 acres) with sediment and pathogen reduction plans