Latest Baykeeper News and Information

Blog Post: June 10, 2019
In 2013, the Vallejo Marine Terminal (VMT) and Orcem Cement company proposed to build a bulk shipping terminal and cement plant along the shores of Mare Island Strait, in northern San Francisco Bay. But that’s not all. In addition to handling polluting cement materials, the terminal also could be...
Blog Post: June 7, 2019
In 2010, a pipeline burst and spilled heavy crude oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. Response agencies tried to clean up the heavy oil but gave up after five years and over a billion dollars spent. Almost a decade later, the oil remains at the bottom of the river and the ecosystem has yet to...
Blog Post: June 7, 2019
The threat of a destructive oil spill in the Bay is looming large. Oil companies are increasingly transporting heavy crude that’s virtually impossible to clean up once it sinks into a waterway. That’s why Baykeeper is sponsoring new state legislation, Assembly Bill 936, to improve California’s...
Monthly Column: June 4, 2019
As the dust settles from the whirlwind transition of the California governor’s office, it’s a relief that the new statehouse has squashed the Delta tunnels water project.  The proposal for massive twin tunnels through the Delta was an expensive infrastructure project—deceptively named “WaterFix”—...
Blog Post: May 30, 2019
Smelly sewer lines are not the only things that stink about Oakland’s sewage program. A new investigation has found that the city failed to report and respond to a number of raw sewage spills that ran into neighborhood streets and homes and ended up in storm drains flowing to San Francisco Bay. The...
BK In The News: May 30, 2019
By Ben Eichenberg, San Francisco Baykeeper Earlier this month, the state auditor released a report sharply critical of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s lax enforcement efforts. BCDC is the regional agency created in 1965 to protect the bay from illegal filling,...
BK In The News: May 29, 2019
OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Sejal Choksi-Chugh doesn't need a hand getting on the boat that's waiting for her. She climbs on easily with her bag as she has done hundreds of times before.
BK In The News: May 27, 2019
An investigation into the Bay Conservation and Development Commissionfound mismanagement and disorganization so rampant that the once-celebrated watchdog agency allegedly neglected its primary responsibility — to protect San Francisco Bay... Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director of San Francisco...
BK In The News: May 24, 2019
... — “Delay means death for these creatures”: The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration alleging it has violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to protect eight highly imperiled species. “The Endangered Species Act...
Press Release: May 23, 2019
SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect the longfin smelt, as well as seven other highly imperiled species across the country, under the Endangered Species Act. “The longfin smelt needs protection now...

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