San Francisco Bay is a shallow estuary that drains water from approximately forty percent of California. Water from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, and from the Sierra Nevada mountains passes through the Bay to the Pacific Ocean. Specifically, both rivers flow into Suisun Bay, which flows through the Carquinez Strait to meet with the Napa River at the entrance to San Pablo Bay, which connects at its south end to San Francisco Bay. Despite its urban and industrial character, San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta remain perhaps California's most important ecological habitats. California's Dungeness crab, California halibut, and Pacific salmon fisheries rely on the bay as a nursery. The few remaining salt marshes now represent most of California's remaining salt marsh, supporting a number of endangered species and providing key ecosystem services such as filtering pollutants and sediments from the rivers.
Since joining the team in 2002 as an Equal Justice Works legal fellow, Sejal has served in several staff capacities including Senior Staff Attorney for Baykeeper's legal enforcement program, and Program Director, spearheading the charge to reduce agricultural pollution, industrial runoff, sewage overflows, mercury contamination, and oil spills in the Bay. In 2015 she was honored with the UC Berkeley Ecology Law Quarterly's prestigious Environmental Leadership Award. Sejal holds a J.D. with a specialization in Environmental Law from the University of California at Berkeley, where she co-founded the Boalt Hall Environmental Law Society. She graduated summa cum laude as a Robert W. Woodruff Scholar from Emory University with a B.S. in Anthropology and Human Biology.
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