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San Francisco Bay Fund Inventory of Projects

San Francisco Bay Fund Inventory of Projects

Bay Area Base Conversion Environmental Network

Organization: Arc Ecology
2000 Grant Recipient – Multiple San Francisco Bay Region Counties


Closing military bases in the San Francisco Bay Area account for more than 30,000 acres of Bay Shoreline and uplands. All of these former installations were at the time heavily contaminated with toxic pollution and many included radiological waste. Four of the fifteen facilities closed between 1987 and 1995 have been included on the National Priorities List known as Federal Superfund. Most continue to have ongoing remediation projects. From 1993 to 2000, the San Francisco Foundation played an important role in addressing the environmental and economic impacts of military base closures in the Bay Area. This grant was for a Pollution Prevention project designed to address the remediation of toxic contamination, restoration of ecological resources, and pollution reduction through implementation of sustainable reuse strategies at closing military bases on San Francisco Bay.

The Bay Area Base Conversion Environmental Network was coordinated by Arc Ecology; other Network partners were: The Urban Watershed Project in the San Francisco Presidio, NICHE in Alameda County, The West County Toxics Coalition in Richmond, Save San Pablo Baylands in the North Bay, and The Southeast Alliance for Environmental Justice (SAEJ) at Hunter’s Point in San Francisco.

The Bay Fund grant supported the following Network activities:

  1. Arc Ecology managed the Network to maximize the coordination and overall effectiveness of base cleanup and conversion efforts throughout the Bay;
  2. Arc Ecology provided technical assistance to community groups involved in base cleanup and restoration throughout the Bay;
  3. NICHE provided technical assistance to community groups involved in the research and review of cleanup plans at the Alameda Naval Air Station;
  4. Save San Pablo Bay received technical assistance to conduct a technical review of cleanup and restoration plans at Mare Island;
  5. West County Toxics Coalition reviewed and monitored remedial activities at Point Molate;
  6. Urban Watershed Project conducted ongoing water monitoring, technical analysis and planning for the restoration of Tennessee Hollow;
  7. The Southeast Alliance for Environmental Justice provided technical analysis and monitoring of cleanup and restoration activities at Hunters Point Shipyard.

2012 Update

Due to the length of time involved in the base closure remedial program, nearly all of the installations addressed by the Network continue to be involved in some form of cleanup or remedial response.

Nevertheless there were many positive results from the cooperation of the groups involved in the Bay Area Base Conversion Environmental Network. In 2000 Arc Ecology’s Executive Director authored the text for Proposition P, a local plebiscite that established the community acceptance criteria for the Superfund cleanup of the Hunters Point Shipyard. Placed on the ballot by members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors and an independent network of community organizations, Prop P won 87 percent of the popular vote in San Francisco and has set the metric for Shipyard cleanup since then. Read More ...

NRPI Database Entry



Contact for the Project

Saul Bloom,
Executive Director
Arc Ecology
Phone: 415.643.1190 (Ext. 306)
Email: SaulBloom@ArcEcology.org

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Project Photos

2004 U.S. Navy map of Hunters Point Shipyard showing parcel (A through F) locations and approximate boundaries.

Areas of San Francisco Bay Base Closures

Last modified: 7/15/2012 11:34 PM by S. Haren

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