Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today introduced the San Francisco Bay Restoration Act, which would authorize 10 years of funding for the Environmental Protection Agency to continue wetlands restoration projects and improve water quality in the San Francisco Bay and its watershed. Senator Feinstein was joined in introducing the bill by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.).
“The health of the San Francisco Bay is vital to our state’s economy and ecological future, and is a cornerstone for the entire Bay region. This legislation would help restore tidal wetlands and improve water quality through a steady stream of funding,” said Senator Feinstein.
The bill would amend the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to authorize EPA to provide grant funding consistent with the San Francisco Estuary Program’s Comprehensive Conservation and Management Program.
“The San Francisco Bay is a treasured body of water, and it is so important to California’s economy and environment,” said Senator Boxer. “I am pleased to be introducing this legislation today with Senator Feinstein that will ensure the resources are available to restore the estuary's vital wetlands and continue the process of improving water quality.”
The legislation prioritizes funding for projects that will protect and restore vital estuarine habitat for migratory waterfowl, shorebirds, and wildlife and improve and restore water quality and rearing habitat for fish.