Baykeeper Updates Related to Legal Action

Featured Stories: October 15, 2012
October 18 is the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act. The landmark law has been a powerful tool for cleaning up waterways, but it has also repeatedly come under attack from polluters. When Congress passed the law in 1972, U.S. water quality was at an all-time low. A symbol of the...
Monthly Column: June 1, 2012
In the 1960s and early 70s, San Francisco Bay just plain stank. Raw or partly treated sewage entered the Bay in 83 places. Refineries, smelters, pesticide manufacturers and other industrial facilities pumped their waste directly into the Bay. The Bay Area wasn’t alone. Across the nation, water...
BK In The News: November 19, 2010
The environmental stewards at San Francisco Baykeeper recently sued San Mateo County over a dirty little secret: the waste that you flush down the drain doesn't always get treated. Sometimes, it's pumped right out into the bay.
BK In The News: November 18, 2010
A watchdog group’s legal campaign to reduce overflows from public sewer systems is forcing San Mateo County agencies to make millions of dollars in upgrades that are pushing sewer rates higher. San Francisco Baykeeper filed eight lawsuits against county agencies during the past two years for...
BK In The News: August 2, 2010
Starting next July, sewer rates for residents within the Richmond Municipal Sewer District will go up 5 percent annually until July 2014.  In 2006, Baykeeper filed a lawsuit stating that the city of Richmond had been spilling hundreds of thousands of gallons of raw sewage into the bay every...
Press Release: July 14, 2010
Frequent sewage spills in Millbrae will soon be dramatically reduced through a new agreement between San Francisco Baykeeper and the City of Millbrae. The pollution watchdog group sued the City last December after public records revealed that Millbrae spills thousands of gallons of raw sewage...
Press Release: February 23, 2010
Frequent sewage spills in San Carlos will soon be reduced through a new agreement with San Francisco Baykeeper to make substantial improvements to sewage operations. The pollution watchdog group sued the City in December after investigations revealed that San Carlos spills thousands of gallons of...
BK In The News: February 21, 2010
The flow of untreated sewage that pours into the Bay every rainy season could finally be curtailed by a new state law and a string of lawsuits. San Francisco Baykeeper began launching lawsuits last year against scores of sanitation districts as part of a concerted campaign to slow the...
Press Release: January 28, 2010
Today, San Francisco Baykeeper filed a complaint in federal district court to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) enforcement action against six East Bay cities and one sewage district for illegal sewage spills. This enforcement action is the culmination of years of Baykeeper...
Press Release: December 2, 2009
San Francisco Baykeeper filed three new lawsuits today to prevent sewage spills to San Francisco Bay from the City of Millbrae, the City of San Carlos and the West Bay Sanitation District. Baykeeper’s lawsuits against the South Bay entities are the latest in a string of Clean Water Act enforcement...

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