Baykeeper's 2013 Annual Report Highlights the Bay's Terrific Year
What a year it has been! 2013 began with an oil tanker hitting the Bay Bridge, a catalyst for Baykeeper helping to win new protections from oil spills for San Francisco Bay. The year is ending with an impressive tally of Baykeeper victories to protect the Bay from contaminated industrial runoff.
In between, Baykeeper made progress to reduce sewage pollution in the Bay, and removed 96 tons of toxic debris from a rare, wild East Bay beach—plus lots more.
New Victory to Keep Industrial Toxics Out of the Bay
In a new victory for Baykeeper's Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, Pacific Galvanizing in Oakland agreed last week to keep runoff contaminated with metals from flowing into nearby storm drains that empty into San Francisco Bay.
The agreement settled Baykeeper's Clean Water Act lawsuit against Pacific Galvanizing, and will protect the Bay from pollutants that include zinc, lead, aluminum, iron, oil, grease, fuel, sulfuric acid, and other toxic chemicals.
Baykeeper's Bay-Safe Industry Campaign is working to curb widespread toxic runoff from industrial facilities. So far we've won pollution cleanup at seventeen facilities around the Bay Area.
Dungeness crabs are a Bay Area holiday tradition. But long before these tasty crustaceans grace our dinner plates, they've made an amazing journey.
This month and next, tiny Dungeness crab larvae are hatching from eggs in the Pacific Ocean. In spring, they will be just slightly larger as they migrate at least 20 miles to San Pablo Bay, some of them by hitching rides on jellyfish.
Later next year, teenage-stage crabs will walk back from San Pablo Bay along the San Francisco Bay bottom all the way out the Golden Gate. (Photo credit Dan Hershman)
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Please stand with us for a thriving Bay where wildlife flourishes, residents enjoy safe recreation, and unpolluted beauty can be seen from every shore.