Latest Baykeeper News and Information

Featured Stories: May 9, 2011
The U.S. Senate is now considering ill-advised legislation that would overturn key protections against spraying harmful pesticides in waterways and essentially exempt pesticides from the Clean Water Act – an unprecedented move that will cause irreparable harm to waterways and open the door to...
Blog Post: May 6, 2011
Lehigh Southwest Cement Company’s Permanente Plant has spewed toxic mercury into the air since 1939. The Plant, which is located in Cupertino, emits approximately 435 pounds of mercury from its smokestacks each year, making it the largest source of mercury pollution in the Bay Area. The Lehigh...
Blog Post: May 5, 2011
Recent research conducted at the Menlo Park office of the U.S. Geological Survey indicates the proposed Saltworks Project site in Redwood City is currently subject to a significant amount of flood risk - which will increase dramatically as sea levels rise further. This map was created by Noah...
Blog Post: May 3, 2011
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently posted an interesting video titled Turbid Bay that discusses current research on how sediment is transported from the water column to tidal mudflats around the Bay. This work is critical to our understanding of whether sediments within the Bay are capable of...
Monthly Column: May 2, 2011
First, a sewage spill update: since I wrote last month about our annual Bay Area winter sewage spills, the number of gallons of sewage spilled has doubled! After a very rainy March, we can now say that nearly a quarter billion gallons of raw or undertreated sewage have entered San Francisco Bay and...
Blog Post: April 27, 2011
Next week the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture will vote on whether to exempt pesticide applications from Clean Water Act protections. Please send a message to U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein asking them to oppose this ill-advised legislation and to advocate for moving it from...
Blog Post: April 26, 2011
We recently developed a few maps highlighting local sources of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). These maps indicate that although these pollutants are generally thought to be a thing of the past the Bay Area continues to discharge them in considerable quantities into San Francisco Bay...
E News: April 19, 2011
Welcome to San Francisco Baykeeper's April E-News Nearly a Quarter-Billion Gallons of Sewage Spilled to the Bay This Year Federal Bill to Weaken Pesticide Protections Now Moves to Senate Point Molate Protected from Casino Development Dinghy Racing for Baykeeper on Saturday, May 7 Upcoming...
Blog Post: April 18, 2011
On April 5, the Richmond City Council voted against further consideration of a casino development slated for the wild shoreline of Point Molate, wisely choosing to protect this important open space on the Bay's shoreline. Last November, the citizens of the City of Richmond voted 58% against the...
Featured Stories: April 18, 2011
Nearly 250 million gallons of sewage entered San Francisco Bay and surrounding waterways during the recent rainy season. In the East Bay, more than 230 million gallons of partially treated sewage were released as wet weather overflows from ten East Bay cities with crumbling sewer pipes. Sewage...

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