Saving Endangered Species
The Bay Institute has been a leader in the effort to win and implement protections for native Delta and Central Valley aquatic species at risk of extinction from water projects, land conversion, toxic discharges, exotic organisms, and other threats.
Over the last twenty years, the Rivers & Delta program has led efforts to force the federal and state governments to list and protect imperiled species under the Endangered Species Act, including delta smelt, Chinook salmon, longfin. and Sacramento splittail. Our experts have identified and advocated for the actions necessary to prevent these species from becoming extinct and to begin the road to recovery and restoration of their habitats.
Our scientists also monitor the impacts of water project operations and other activities on endangered species, report on emerging problems to the public, and advocate for necessary management changes to avoid harming at-risk populations.