Voters OK $500 million tax to restore San Francisco Bay water quality and ecology

On June 7, 2016, a ballot measure was passed, which is expected to raise $500 million over two decades for wetlands restoration and other projects designed to improve the health and resilience of Cailfornia’s San Francisco Bay.

The measure, the San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program, would impose a $12-a-year parcel tax on property owners in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, and San Francisco counties, generating about $25 million a year over its 20-year lifespan.

The money would be used to fund a host of shoreline projects around the region intended to restore tidal marshes and freshwater wetlands that play a critical role in filtering bay water, creating wildlife habitat and buffering against flooding and climate-related sea rise.

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