The Bay Institute

The Bay Institute of San Francisco was the primary sponsor and fundraiser for San Francisco Bay – Portrait of an Estuary

The Bay Institute was founded in 1981 by pioneers of a new advocacy approach which viewed the entire Bay-Delta ecosystem as a single, interdependent watershed. They claimed that environmental reform benefiting the Bay must recognize the importance of events in the farthest reaches of the watershed just as urgently as those along the Bay shoreline, and that reduced freshwater flow was the biggest factor in the decline of the estuary's fish and wildlife resources. [from


This book could not have been possible without the gracious sponsorship and support of the following organizations:

National Audubon Society
The Bay Institute of San Francisco
The Resources Legacy Fund on behalf of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Furthermore: a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund
Director's Circle of the University of California Press Associates
The Mary A. Crocker Trust
The Fred Gellert Family Foundation
Alexander and Baldwin Inc.
Meadowsweet Dairy
Adobe Inc. All photographs processed with Adobe Photoshop®
Professor Harrison C. Dunning
Jack Beggs
Bill Booth