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Bay Water Quality
Periods of Acute Toxicity Seriously Threaten Bay Life; Comprehensive Testing is Lacking
Findings at a glance A broader view What you can do

Take action on the Bay Area's behalf. Here are some ways you can help the bay and the life that depends on it stay healthy.

  • Reduce the use of pesticides and other chemicals on your lawn and garden and in your home. Limit your use of toxic chemicals such as paint thinners and varnish removers, and always dispose of them properly -- never down the sink or in the street; call (800) CLEANUP to learn about safe disposal. Use natural cleaning products, such as vinegar and baking soda. Buy organic products to support farmers who do not use pesticides.

  • Drive less. You might not expect it, but pollution from vehicle emissions can wind up in the bay. To reduce bay contamination, choose alternatives to driving (public transit, biking, walking, carpooling), and bundle errands into fewer trips.

  • Urge your state legislators to support legislation and funding to clean up toxic hot spots in the bay. See NRDC's Earth Action Center for contact information.

  • To learn more about bay water quality, visit the San Francisco Estuary Institute.

  • You'll find lots more Bay Area green-living tips in our Green Gate Green Guides. And to keep informed and take action on the latest issues affecting the Bay Area and the rest of California, join NRDC's California Activist Network.

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