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San Francisco Bay Delta

SFBWQIF Project Summaries

Distribution of funding by project type: $15,833,127 for restoring water quality, $15,966,024 for restoring wetlands, $2,923,548 for greening developmentDistribution of funding by project type.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:


Restoring Wetlands

Photograph of the Cullinan Ranch Levee Setback
Cullinan Ranch Levee Setback

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

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Restoring Watersheds

Photograph of Rutherford Reach
Rutherford Reach

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.

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Greening Urban Development: Reducing Polluted Runoff

Photograph of plantings at the Newcomb Avenue Low Impact Development Retrofit
Newcomb Avenue Low Impact Development Retrofit

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

Environmental Results of Completed Projects

  • 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 

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