Kirk, John

John Kirk is a former Chief Grievance Officer for AFT.

Taking a Stand to Ensure a Healthy San Francisco Bay

By John Kirk

As the second largest estuary in North America, San Francisco Bay defines the character of the Bay Area. Likewise, how we treat the Bay defines the character of our society. We have not been good stewards: since the 1800’s, 85% of the Bay’s historic tidal marshes have been destroyed for development or diked for saltponds.

As we learn more about our Bay, the biological and social value of maintaining and restoring the health of this national treasure has become undisputable. Significant acres of marsh are needed in all regions of the Bay, and every restorable acre is critical to the future health of the Bay and the people living here.