Remembering Save the Bay's Sylvia McLaughlin

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 (Laura Wainer/Save the Bay)

Beloved environmentalist and activist Sylvia McLaughlin died this week at age 99. In 1961, outraged by the City of Berkeley's plan to fill 2000 acres of the San Francisco Bay, McLaughlin and two friends formed Save the Bay to protect the waterway from further fill and development. Her efforts, which to many marked the rise of the modern environmental movement, prompted the state legislature to create the Bay Conservation and Development Commission a few years later. We discuss McLaughlin's conservation legacy.


David Lewis, executive director, Save the Bay