A $1.5 million grant is being given to the San Francisco Estuary Partnership to protect the Bay, according to the Association of Bay Area Governments.

The grant was recently announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the Transforming Shorelines project, which aims to protect the bay’s watersheds too.

Project officials will be working to improve water quality by limiting contaminants from going into the bay from wastewater treatment plants.

With the money, the officials plan to create over 150 acres of habitat for wildlife around several plants.

Keith Burbank is currently a fulltime reporter covering Alameda County and Oakland news for Bay City News. He has also worked on the Data Points project for Local News Matters, finding trends and stories about the region through data. In 2019, he was a California Fellow at the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism, producing a series about homeless deaths in Santa Clara County. He worked as a swing shift editor for the newswire for several years as well. Outside of journalism, Keith enjoys computer programming, math, economics and music.