Featured Stories: Jun 8, 2012
Which boat bottom paint causes the least pollution and still keeps the hull free of sea growth? Baykeeper just repainted our patrol boat, and answering this question wasn’t easy.
Blog Post: Apr 25, 2012
Last week, Baykeeper and The Boatyard at Grand Marina reached a settlement agreement to reduce the Alameda boat repair facility’s storm water pollution of San Francisco Bay.Baykeeper initiated legal action after observing significant amounts of boat paint residue on the pavement at Grand Marina, which is located on the Oakland Estuary. Boat paint residue generally contains high levels of copper, a heavy metal that is toxic to salmon.
Blog Post: Apr 10, 2012
Last week Baykeeper and Svendsen’s Boat Works reached an agreement to reduce storm water pollution of San Francisco Bay from this important Alameda boat repair and maintenance facility.Baykeeper’s testing of storm runoff from Svendsen’s, which is located along the Oakland estuary shoreline, found elevated levels of copper and zinc. Both of these heavy metals are toxic to salmon and other fish, and are common contaminants from boatyard operations.
Blog Post: Jan 12, 2012
A local nonprofit boat-building organization will receive a grant to create a new education program on non-polluting boat maintenance and repair, thanks to a recent Baykeeper legal victory.
Blog Post: Nov 8, 2011
Baykeeper is launching a new region-wide initiative to reduce pollution from Bay Area boatyards. Boatyards are both a vital part of the Bay’s maritime industry and a source of Bay pollution – paint residue and other toxic substances are often washed from these waterfront facilities directly into the Bay. Fortunately, simple pollution control efforts can often significantly reduce boatyard pollution.
Articles: Nov 7, 2011
There are more than a dozen boatyards in the Bay Area where recreational, commercial and government boats, ships and yachts are serviced and repaired. Boatyards are a vital part of the maritime industry of the Bay Area.Boatyards are also a significant source of pollution to San Francisco Bay. Many facilities do not use adequate controls to contain pollution from pressure washing, sanding, painting and other activities. In addition, runoff from waterfront boatyards is likely to wash directly into the Bay.