The Inflation Reduction Act and Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provide billions of dollars for nature.
How will that change the Bay Area?
And how will we know if it’s money well spent?
Bay Nature launched a reporting project called Wild Billions in 2023 to examine the impacts of this huge infusion of money—and the obstacles to keeping the big promises that came with it.
Dive into our data visualizations
We’re tracking what nature projects have been funded so far in our area—like an experimental kelp-forest restoration, major upgrades to the Presidio, and a battle against Tahoe invasives. (Help us add projects if you know of them!)
Bay Nature combed through hundreds of the funding programs Congress made in BIL and IRA, and found at least $106 billion for nature. See nature-related spending programs in our data viz.
Stories in this project
East Bay Regional Park District is primed to remove the creosote-treated wood of Richmond’s Ferry Point Pier this year after two years of delays.
“We’re in a place where we have more money than we have applications,” says Brandon Bates, assistant state conservationist with NRCS. And the agency really doesn’t want to have tosend this money back to Congress.
The city’s draft urban forest plan has drawn more than 800 comments—many clamoring for more native trees.
The money is meant to fix longstanding tree-cover gaps in disadvantaged neighborhoods—but it’s a fraction of what’s needed.
A dozen such projects have sprouted, offering habitat-friendly flood protection. Getting permission for them is a challenge.
What’s a nature-based solution? An explainer.
A Sausalito school gets $3 million to repair a riparian corridor, and help students reconnect with nature.
BIL and IRA spending on nature in the greater San Francisco Bay Area has topped $1 billion, according to Bay Nature’s most recent tally for our Wild Billions project.
Bay Nature’s guide and database for finding nature-related federal funds in BIL and IRA.
Can scientists defeat vast armies of sea urchins and re-kelp California’s North Coast? A Wild Billions story.
Meet BIL and IRA—two federal bills with forgettable names that belie their enormous potential impact on the environment.
Meet the Wild Billions team
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