Saving the Bay
Narrated by Robert Redford, this lively and timely series is about one of America's greatest natural resources - San Francisco Bay. Shot in high definition, it consists of four episodes focusing on the geological, cultural, and developmental history of San Francisco Bay and the larger northern California watershed, from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
From the Gold Rush to the Golden Gate Bridge, and through World's Fairs and World Wars, San Francisco Bay has been central to the identity of one of the world's leading economic, academic, recreational, and cultural regions. This series explores its evolution, how we almost lost and then saved the Bay, and how we are planning for the future, including wetland restoration, increased public access, and balancing the often competing needs of a fragile ecosystem that is the centerpiece of a major urban area.
Saving the Bay Previous Broadcasts
Harbor of Harbors (1849-1906) (Episode #102H)
KQED 9: Thu, Apr 28, 2016 -- 11:00 PM
This episode follows San Francisco's "rapid monstrous maturity" into a major metropolis following the California Gold Rush. Establishing the infrastructure to support the instant city meant radical change for San Francisco Bay. By the century's end, San Francisco Bay was the center of a broad economic empire on the Pacific.
- KQED 9: Fri, Apr 29, 2016 -- 5:00 AM
Marvel of Nature (Prehistory-1848) / Harbor of Harbors (1849-1906 (Episode #101H)
KQED 9: Wed, Apr 27, 2016 -- 11:00 PM
In the first episode, photo-realistic animation illustrates the formation of the Bay following the last Ice Age. It introduces the first inhabitants along the Bay's shores, including Native Peoples along with flora and fauna, and continues through European exploration and settlement, including Spanish, Russian and ultimately, American influences that dramatically altered the region.
- KQED 9: Thu, Apr 28, 2016 -- 5:00 AM