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New report raises alarms about the declining health of the Bay

Angela Johnston

The San Francisco Bay, or more accurately, the San Francisco Estuary, is a place where freshwater that flows from the Sierras, down the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, and mixes with salty water from the Pacific Ocean. The San Francisco Estuary is the largest in Western North America. It provides a habitat for countless plants and animal species that thrive in its unique environment. But according to a recent report by the Bay Institute, the Bay’s ecosystem is in danger of collapsing. KALW’s Angela Johnston spoke with Jon Rosenfield, the lead scientist on the report. 

ROSENFIELD: Species are declining, fisheries that rely on those species are declining, water quality is being impacted.

Public comments regarding the State Water Resources Control Board's draft update to Bay-Delta water quality standards for the San Joaquin River (Phase I) will be accepted until January 17th, 2017. A hearing is scheduled to begin on November 29th at CalEPA offices in Sacramento (several additional hearing dates are scheduled to occur through December and into January at other locations in the Central Valley).