Reconnecting Rivers to the Bay

The Bay Institute is dedicated to protecting the Bay-Delta estuary from the Sierra to the sea. This means that conditions in the rivers and streams are as critical to securing the health of the estuary as a whole, as conditions downstream.

As a result, the Rivers & Delta program works to protect and restore high priority rivers and river reaches throughout the watershed, most recently, the San Joaquin and the Yuba Rivers.

Lower Yuba River

Governor Schwarzenegger has recognized The Bay Institute for our collaboration in crafting the Yuba Accord.

San Joaquin River

Thanks to the work of The Bay Institute and its partners, the San Joanquin River has reconnected with San Francisco Bay

Restoration Program Provides Multiple Benefits During Drought

Extremely dry conditions this year and the previous two years have made times tough for farmers, fish, and wildlife in California.