Latest Baykeeper News and Information

Blog Post: July 28, 2014
Sewer agencies serving nine East Bay cities have agreed to major upgrades to keep hundreds of millions of gallons of raw and undertreated sewage from polluting San Francisco Bay. The improvements will ultimately end the current practice of releasing massive amounts of undertreated sewage from the...
E News: July 23, 2014
*/ Monthly Update for July 2014 Big Win Expands Oil Spill Protections for State Waters Baykeeper Files Court Appeal to Stop Excessive Sand Mining in the Bay Oakland Opposes Oil and Coal Train Shipments 25th Anniversary Flash from the Past—Stopping Refinery Pollution First-Ever Bay Parade...
Blog Post: July 22, 2014
In 1998, Baykeeper and our partners won a great victory for San Francisco Bay when we compelled two oil refineries to stop contaminating the Bay with selenium. The refinery owners, oil giants Unocal and Exxon, also paid $4.8 million in penalties. The funds were used for projects that included...
Blog Post: July 17, 2014
In a major victory for protecting California waterways from oil spills, a new state law will provide the state’s rivers, lakes, and creeks with oil spill protections previously given only to the state’s coastal waters. The law also ensures continued funding for the California agency that rescues...
Blog Post: July 10, 2014
On July 8, Baykeeper filed an appeal in our lawsuit to stop excessive sand mining in San Francisco Bay. For years, private companies have been permitted to mine too much sand from the Bay, contributing to erosion at Ocean Beach and harming important Bay species like Dungeness crab. Yet in 2012, the...
Press Release: July 9, 2014
Yesterday, San Francisco Baykeeper filed a court appeal to stop private companies from mining too much sand from San Francisco Bay. The appeal seeks to overturn an April state court ruling that gave sand mining companies a green light to increase the amount of sand they suck up from the San...
Bay Crossings Column: July 1, 2014
What happens when the engines of a large ship in San Francisco Bay suddenly lose power?  The pilot loses the ability to steer the ship or stop it from drifting. A dramatic rise in such incidents began in 2009, when a California law to help reduce global climate change went into effect. Ships are...
Blog Post: June 18, 2014
Baykeeper advocated in support of a resolution unanimously passed on June 17 by the Oakland City Council to oppose rail shipments of hazardous crude oil, coal, and petroleum coke (a toxic by-product of oil refining) through Oakland. Fossil fuel industries are pushing hard to expand the export of...
Blog Post: June 17, 2014
Jay Holcomb, the long-time leader of International Bird Rescue, died last week at 63 as a result of kidney cancer. He had volunteered for the organization since its founding in 1971 during the horrific collision of two oil tankers in San Francisco Bay, and became executive director of in 1986....
Blog Post: June 17, 2014
More than 50 swimmers, sailors, stand-up paddle boarders, kayakers, and rowers, along with the San Francisco Fire Department fire boat, the Hornblower hybrid ferry, a hybrid yacht, and the Baykeeper pollution patrol boat rode swift incoming currents under sunny skies, in the first-ever Bay Parade...

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