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SF Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund: Projects

San Francisco Water Quality Improvement Fund 2008-2019 Distribution of Funding by Project Type: Restoring Water Quality, $27,290,111; Restoring Wetlands, $25,344,113; Greening Development, $5,592,997.SFBWQIF 2008-2019 Distribution of Funding by Project Type | Click Image to EnlargeSF 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. You can see detailed information about SFBWQIF projects in our Interactive Project Map and Progress Reports.

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 over $27 million to restore over 6700 acres of wetlands around the Bay.


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Restoring Water Quality

Photograph of Rutherford Reach
Rutherford Reach

The SFBWQIF has invested over $28 million to address water quality impaired by some of the most challenging pollutants in the Bay, including polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), mercury, trash, sediment, 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 over $7 million to local governments to implement nine 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.


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