San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) is a California State commission dedicated to the protection, enhancement and responsible use of the San Francisco Bay. The Commission was created by California's McAteer-Petris Act, which the legislature passed on September 17, 1965. The legislation was promoted by the Bay Area Council, a local business organization. It is the first regional government entity created for an urban area by legislative action. Their offices are located on 50 California Street, San Francisco.
The movement to regulate filling in the bay was begun by the Save San Francisco Bay Association, started by local citizens who were outraged by the dramatic loss of the bay through dikes and landfills as well as pollution. By the 1960s, filling had reduced the bay from 680 square miles (1,800 km2) to just 400 square miles (1,000 km2) of highly contaminated water.
More recent work includes advocacy for a San Francisco Bay Area Water Trail, for beachable nonmotorized watercraft to navigate the bay.