The San Francisco Estuary is the largest estuary in California and home to many native threatened species such as the Salt Marsh Harvest Mouse, Ridgway’s Rail, and Longfin Smelt. The estuary is also home to upwards of eight million people who live, work, and recreate in the Bay Area. A critical ecosystem and community resource, the Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center, located in Tiburon CA, is the only marine science laboratory on the San Francisco Bay.
The EOS Center recently lost funding due to budget cuts at San Francisco State University and now its fate hangs in the balance. It is unimaginable to think that such a large estuary could thrive with no marine lab. In a region famed for innovation and forward thinking, we would be leaving behind a critical scientific resource that trains future environmental leaders and contributes to our knowledge of estuary and marine science and climate change impacts such as sea level rise.
Call To Action
To learn more about the EOS Center consider attending their Open House on April 30th, a community friendly event where you can meet Bay Area critters, eat local oysters from Hog Island, and chat with marine scientists!
If you are as fired up as we are about the fact that San Francisco Bay might lose its only marine lab then please consider donating directly to the EOS Center AND/OR writing to your local representative to support funding for the EOS Center.
Dear Representative XX,
The Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center, located in Tiburon CA, is the only marine laboratory on the San Francisco Bay. The EOS Center is at risk of being shut down due to budget cuts at San Francisco State University. Losing this resource would be a huge loss for the scientific and local community and for the Bay Area’s ability to call ourselves environmental leaders and innovators.
We urge your office to provide support and to seek funding opportunities for the EOS Center so that it has a fiscal path forward.
Thank you for your time and consideration.