San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission

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The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a California State commission dedicated to the protection, enhancement and responsible use of the San Francisco Bay. [1]


Sea level rise

They issued a report on the potential impacts of rising sea level in 2020. [2]


The Commission was created by California's McAteer-Petris Act, which the legislature passed on September 17, 1965. [3] [4] The legislation was promoted by the Bay Area Council, a local business organization. It is the first regional government entity created for an urban area by legislative action.

The Save San Francisco Bay Association was started by citizens outraged by the dramatic loss of the bay through dikes and landfills as well as pollution. By the 1960s, filling had reduced the bay from 680 square miles (1,800 km2) to just 400 square miles (1,000 km2) of highly contaminated water. [5]

Their work includes advocacy for a San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail, for beachable nonmotorized watercraft to navigate the bay and also shutting down harbors like Westpoint in Redwood City.

BCDC's offices are located in the Bay Area Metro Center.

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  1. Official Website
  2. King, John (2020-04-01). "Rising seas threaten Bay Area economy, infrastructure, environment, says most detailed study yet". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2020-04-02.
  3. California State Assembly. "An act to add Title 7 2 (commencing with Section 66600) to the Government Coe, relating to the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, and making an appropriation". 1965 Session of the Legislature. Statutes of California. State of California. Ch. 1162 p. 2940. direct URL
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