The Bay Institute is the science, research, environmental policy, and advocacy arm of the BayEcotarium. Working in centers of political and economic power, from Sacramento to Los Angeles to Washington DC, the Bay Institute advocates for the environmental, water management, and economic policies necessary to ensure the health of the greater San Francisco Bay.
Throughout 40 years of championing for the environment, The Bay Institute has released many publications related to their work.
The Year in Water 2018 & 2019 (PDF 9.0mb)
The Year in Water describes how water management affected the flow of fresh water in each major part of the system. Starting downstream, this report details how the amount and timing of flow into San Francisco Bay from its Delta and Central Valley watershed was modified.
From the Sierra to the Sea – 20th Anniversary Edition
Much of the natural productivity, biodiversity and ecological integrity of the watershed has been destroyed by modifying the environment without fully understanding the long-term environmental consequences.
Golden State Waters – 2016 (PDF 2.0mb)
The waters on either side of the Golden Gate Bridge are some of the most biologically dynamic and productive in the world.
Protecting Our Marine Treasures – 2017 (PDF 2.0mb)
Sustainable Finance Options for U.S. Marine Protected Areas. Recommendations from the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee
Drainage without a Drain – 2003 (PDF 1.0mb)
Agricultural drainage problems in California’s San Joaquin Valley have been a threat to the environment and to agriculture for at least the last forty years.
Horizontal Levee: The Oro Loma Project – 2016
Scientists have known for decades that coastal wetlands protect oceanfront cities from the powerful destructive forces of storms.
San Francisco Bay Freshwater-Starved Estuary – 2016
The inflow of fresh water drives the health of the San Francisco Bay estuary and its watershed, from mountain rivers to the Pacific Ocean outside the Golden Gate
Salmon Viewing Map (PDF 2.0mb)
Use this interactive map to find salmon viewing areas in the San Francisco Bay Watershed
Horizontal Levee Cost & Benefits – 2013 (PDF 2.0mb)
Analysis of the costs and benefits of using tidal marsh restoration as a sea level rise adaptation strategy in San Francisco Bay
Gone With the Flow– 2010 (PDF 3.0mb)
The Bay is now in a permanent ecological drought because of the diversion of half its freshwater inflow.
Collateral Damage – 2012 (PDF 4.0mb)
A citizen’s guide to fish kills and habitat degradation at the state and federal water project pumps in the Delta