Saving the Bay received four regional Emmy awards including for Best Documentary in May, 2010. When the series premiered in two parts on KQED/San Francisco October 8, 2009, it had the single highest rating of any PBS program in the nation the evening of its initial broadcast, with the audience increasing every 15 minutes until the end. Its first run on KQED’s sister station KTEH/Silicon Valley more than doubled their normal ratings. The series has since been repeated in the San Francisco Bay Area and is in regular rotation as a pledge drive program for Bay Area public TV and radio stations.
Narrated by Robert Redford, Saving the Bay explores the history of one of America’s greatest natural resources — San Francisco Bay — with four one-hour episodes tracing the Bay from its geologic origins following the last Ice Age through years of catastrophic exploitation to restoration efforts of today. This spectacular high-definition series takes viewers on an unforgettable journey around the waters of San Francisco Bay and the larger northern California watershed from the Sierra Nevada mountains to the Farallon Islands in the Pacific Ocean.
The series also highlights the story of three women who rallied an entire region to save San Francisco Bay from becoming little more than a river. Spearheaded by three women in the East Bay hills, the story of how the Bay was saved is not only compelling in its own right, but offers an invaluable lesson about how ordinary citizens can have an impact on protecting and enhancing our natural environment.
I got goosebumps watching this. Watch online or get the DVD.