Latest Baykeeper News and Information

BK In The News: August 17, 2017
If you’ve driven on I-680, across the Benicia–Martinez Bridge, you’ve probably seen them... Some ships in the fleet fell into such disrepair that environmentalists took notice. “You could hear the crunch of the paint chips or the metal under your feet as you were walking across the decks of the...
E News: August 16, 2017
Updates on the sunken barge, Baykeeper boat patrol discoveries & fun upcoming events on the Bay Monthly Update for August 2017 The cleanup of the Ghost Fleet is complete Toxic shack endangers the Bay—Baykeeper gets it removed Update: Sunken barge removed from the Bay Action Alert:...
Monthly Column: August 8, 2017
Governor Jerry Brown claims to be an environmental leader. He recently basked in the international spotlight, proclaiming California as a climate leader. So it’s extremely disappointing that the governor continues to push for a massive, expensive water project that will irreparably harm San...
Blog Post: August 8, 2017
A barge and crane that sank in San Francisco Bay during a violent storm in April has been removed from the Bay.   In July, divers cut the barge into three pieces and a salvage company used a giant crane to bring the pieces up. The photo above (from July 13) shows two of the three pieces of the...
BK In The News: August 4, 2017
The last of 57 decaying vessels in the federal government’s iconic “Ghost Fleet” is set to leave Suisun Bay Friday, ending a long struggle over the toxic pollution leached from the old ships into waters near a major fish nursery and migration area... “The 57 ships become abandoned toxic junk,” said...
Blog Post: August 3, 2017
The Ghost Fleet of Suisun Bay—the decaying military ships that poisoned the San Francisco Bay ecosystem for 40 years—is finally gone. Legal action brought by Baykeeper and our environmental partners led to a federal government cleanup and removal of the 57 ships, which started in 2010 and was...
BK In The News: August 3, 2017
The last of 57 ships retired and and set for removal from the Suisun Bay left the Mare Island Dry Dock early Friday morning after a good-bye ceremony of sorts involving city leaders, environmental groups, and maritime staff... A representative of Baykeepers noted that federal agencies are so...
BK In The News: August 3, 2017
Seven years and 57 ships later, the last old vessel polluting Suisun Bay is getting ready for a final voyage to a ship recycling yard in Texas. The mothball fleet sat unused for decades; a floating toxic waste dump. Here's a look at how a legal fight got us to this point... "We're talking...
BK In The News: August 2, 2017
A new regulation aimed at improving the water quality of two tributaries that run into San Pablo Bay means vineyard owners in those watersheds will have to obtain new permits... “We believe the final rule approved by the regional board was a good first step and was overdue,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh...
BK In The News: August 1, 2017
Nutrients — such as nitrogen — are essential to life, but an overabundance can mean trouble for waterways. Take Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, which are infamous for “dead zones” where closely-packed bodies of fish float to the surface or wash ashore by the thousands... Baykeeper, a...

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