The Green Gate
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Wetlands
Restoration Increasing; More Needed to Reverse Past Losses
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Take action on the Bay Area's behalf. Here are some ways you can help wetlands and the wildlife species that depend on them.

  • Pesticides and chemicals can damage wetlands, so reduce your use of these products 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 farming practices that do not spray crops with pesticides.

  • Adopt a local wetland or push for wetlands protection. Contact Save the Bay or the San Francisco Bay Joint Venture Program to help protect and restore local wetlands.

  • 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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