Join Senator Dianne Feinstein and environmental, business and community leaders from across the Bay Area in voting YES on Measure AA on June 7 for a clean and healthy San Francisco Bay. This measure is critical to restoring wetlands and protecting wildlife habitat for future generations throughout the Bay Area.
San Francisco Bay is a part of all of our lives – whether we live along the Bay; work there; walk, jog, or visit parks along its shores; or simply appreciate it as we drive over a bridge. The Bay also attracts tourists, supports commercial fishing and attracts quality employers to the region – all of which help keep our economy strong.
But pollution and other problems have put the health of the Bay at serious risk. Fish in the Bay are contaminated with harmful chemicals like PCBs, mercury and pesticides.
Measure AA will restore wetlands throughout the Bay Area, which provide habitat for fish and wildlife and filter out pollutants from water to reduce toxins that threaten the ecosystem. Wetlands also act as a natural barrier against flooding and provide urban recreational open space, a resource we all cherish.
Voting YES on AA will:
- Reduce trash, pollution and harmful toxins in the Bay
- Improve water quality
- Restore habitat for fish, birds and wildlife
- Protect communities from floods
- Increase shoreline public access
Measure AA includes important fiscal accountability protections:
- All funds must stay in the Bay Area to be used only on local habitat restoration and wildlife protection projects
- An independent citizens’ oversight committee will oversee funds to ensure they are spent properly
- Independent audits and annual public reports ensure transparency
- Measure AA is a $12 annual parcel tax that could also leverage more state and federal funds for San Francisco Bay, which now receives much less federal support for water quality improvement and restoration work than other major watersheds.
Passing this critical measure will ensure that our children and grandchildren inherit a clean and healthy San Francisco Bay. Join us — vote YES on AA to protect San Francisco Bay, our greatest natural treasure.
Measure AA is a $12-per-year parcel tax on the June 7, 2016 ballot in all nine Bay Area counties that would generate $500 million over 20 years for critical tidal marsh restoration projects around San Francisco Bay. Here’s how it will appear:
“San Francisco Bay Clean Water, Pollution Prevention and Habitat Restoration Program.
To protect San Francisco Bay for future generations by reducing trash, pollution and harmful toxins, improving water quality, restoring habitat for fish, birds and wildlife, protecting communities from floods, and increasing shoreline public access, shall the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority authorize a parcel tax of $12 per year, raising approximately $25 million annually for twenty years with independent citizen oversight, audits, and all funds staying local?”
Read the full text of the measure and impartial analysis here: http://www.yesonaaforthebay.com/moreinfo
If passed by 2/3 of the total Bay Area voters casting ballots in the June election, Measure AA funds would be provided as grants to restoration project throughout the Bay Area. Projects will be funded in all counties, prioritized based on their positive impact on the San Francisco Bay as a whole. These funds could leverage more state and federal funding to benefit our region. See a map and list of potential projects Measure AA would fund here: http://www.yesonaaforthebay.com/moreinfo
Measure AA has been placed on the ballot by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority after six years of public hearings and research. The Authority’s governing board of elected officials from throughout the Bay Area would provide and administer project grants from Measure AA funds, with input from many community members on its Advisory Committee, and oversight from an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee. Learn more about the Restoration Authority here: www.SFBayRestore.org