Baykeeper Updates Related to Urban Storm Water

Blog Post: November 24, 2014
Today Baykeeper sent the City of San Jose a notice that we intend to sue the city for failing to keep trash, fecal bacteria, and other pollution from washing into major creeks and tributaries to San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper conducted a two-year investigation that shows San Jose has some of the...
BK In The News: March 20, 2014
SAN JOSE -- In a move that could cost San Jose thousands of dollars in fines and lead to punitive cleanup orders, state wildlife officials have filed an environmental complaint against the city, claiming it's violating pollution laws for failing to adequately clean up homeless encampments along...
Featured Stories: November 18, 2013
The rainy season brings vital freshwater to our lakes, creeks, and streams, and it’s also the time for migrating winter birds who stop over in the Bay. Unfortunately, the rainy season also brings lots of pollution to San Francisco Bay, as contaminants get washed into local waterways, and heavy...
Blog Post: November 1, 2012
San Francisco Baykeeper recommends a Yes vote on Berkeley’s Measure M. This bond measure will provide funds to reduce rainy-season pollution that runs off Berkeley’s streets and into San Francisco Bay. During storms, rain rushes across roads, driveways, sidewalks, and roofs, picking up trash, oil,...
Featured Stories: October 29, 2012
Your home and garden can help protect San Francisco Bay by minimizing pollution from storm water during rainy winter months. The rainy season brings a surge of pollution into the Bay. During storms, roofs, paved driveways, sidewalks, roads, and parking lots send rainwater rushing into gutters and...
Monthly Column: October 1, 2012
Every drop of rain in the Bay Area eventually flows to San Francisco Bay. Throughout history, that hasn’t been a problem. Most rain soaked into the ground and made its way gradually into creeks that emptied into the Bay. But with so many roads, driveways, sidewalks and roofs in our urban area, rain...
Blog Post: August 2, 2012
Bay Area cities are taking steps toward keeping trash, toxic chemicals and pesticides from washing into San Francisco Bay during the rainy season. However, Baykeeper is concerned that cities are not making enough progress to meet some of their targets for reducing their storm water pollution....
Blog Post: March 30, 2012
Plans for a redeveloped business district in East Palo Alto need to include more storm water pollution prevention measures and take into account future sea level rise, Baykeeper recently told regulators. We urged the city of East Palo Alto to redraft the environmental impact report for this large-...
Blog Post: October 24, 2011
Want to help cut pollution in the Bay by collecting and reusing rainwater from your San Francisco rooftop? If so, you can get a discount of up to 60% on rain barrels from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). The SFPUC also offers cisterns at discounts of up to $640. During rainy...
Featured Stories: March 16, 2011
For the first time in ten years, the State Water Board is renewing regulations that govern pollution from California's interstates and highways. Baykeeper is fighting for a strong policy to control this major source of pollution to the state's waterways. Caltrans is responsible under the Clean...

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