By Rupert Clayton, HANC Board
San Francisco voters can help secure $500 million to fund wetland restoration and counter the impact of climate change by voting Yes on Measure AA on the June 7 ballot. This measure would levy a $12-per-year parcel tax on each property in the nine counties of the Bay Area. It was placed on the ballot by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority, which was set up by the California legislature in 2008 to coordinate efforts to restore the bay.
The parcel tax would provide $25 million each year for the next 20 years to fund a wide variety of projects. Some would turn industrial land back into wetlands, like the work already done at former salt ponds in the south bay. Others would restore marshland around San Pablo Bay that was drained and converted to grazing land in the 19th and 20th centuries. There would be projects in San Francisco, too. Some would further existing work at places such as Crissy Field, Tennessee Hollow and Heron’s Head Park in Hunter’s Point. Others would restore the bay ecosystem at locations such as Candlestick Point and along the eastern waterfront.