Thursday May 30, 2024

The Oaklandside

Every two years, scientists, legislators, and community members meet to discuss the health and future of our beloved San Francisco Bay. 

At this year’s State of the Estuary Conference, which is taking place this week at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center across from Lake Merritt, harmful algae blooms, wetland restoration, and emerging contaminants are a few of the items up for conversation. 

According to event organizers, the conference will serve as a hub for in-depth, timely conversations about the concerns, interests, and hopes of those “who are impacted by and working to improve, conserve, and monitor the health of the estuary.”

The event is organized by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership. It’s part of the National Estuary Program, which was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1987 to protect and restore environmentally significant estuaries across the country. The San Francisco Estuary is one of 28 estuaries covered by the program. 

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