Baykeeper Update

Baykeeper Settles Lawsuit With South San Francisco to Reduce Sewage Spills to the Bay

Baykeeper has successfully settled our lawsuit against the City of South San Francisco for illegal sewage spills to the Bay. Under our settlement agreement with the City, South San Francisco will reduce its spills over a five year period and improve its operations and maintenance practices to meet or exceed industry standards. The City will also fund a $300,000 grant program for eligible homeowners seeking to replace household lateral lines that contribute to sewage spills. Additionally, South San Francisco will provide $150,000 in mitigation payments to fund projects that will benefit Bay water quality.

This is the latest settlement in a series of lawsuits Baykeeper has filed as part of its "Sick of Sewage" campaign aimed at reducing the number of sewage spills to the Bay. “In 2010, over a third of sewage spills statewide occurred in the Bay Area,” said Jason Flanders, Staff Attorney at Baykeeper. “We’re pleased to have secured an agreement with the City of South San Francisco that will reduce sewage spills to the Bay and help improve the overall health of our watershed.”

Read the press release on the South San Francisco settlement and our work to hold polluters accountable for illegal sewage spills.