Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for June 2014

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Monthly Update for June 2014
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Join the Bay Parade and Party on June 14

Sailors, swimmers, kayakers, SUPers, and rowers are invited to participate in the Bay Parade on Saturday, June 14. Participants launch from either Aquatic Park or Pier 14/Rincon Park for an on-the-water parade to AT&T Park. The Parade finale will be featured on the Jumbotron at the start of the Giants game!

At left, Giants mascot Lou Seal visits the Baykeeper Boat to prepare for the Parade.

Registration fees are $100 or $200, and participants must raise at least $300 (including registration fee) to support Baykeeper's work to protect San Francisco Bay. Sailboats are asked to raise $500. Your registration fee counts toward your fundraising goal!

Everyone is invited to join the Bay Parade Ferry Ride for a four-star spectator view, and celebrate at the Bay Parade Party! Tickets for the ferry ride and party are $75, or free with a donation of $75 to a parade participant. Tickets to the party only are $50, or free with a $50 donation in support of a Bay Parade participant. And here's another way to join the fun: we need volunteers for the Bay Parade and Party.

Learn how you can be a part of the Parade here.

Baykeeper Wins Google Grant to Fund New Visual Shoreline Map

Baykeeper will soon launch a new project to document and photograph the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Our goal is to provide information that can be used to improve protection for the Bay from pollution and sea level rise. (Photo credit: Joan Robins)

We will use innovative technology to publish an online "Street View" shoreline map. This will give residents and planners a way to see close-up views of inaccessible shoreline areas that are visible now only from a boat.

The project is being made possible in part by a $100,000 grant from Google's Bay Area Impact Challenge. Baykeeper is one of 25 nonprofits selected for funding in a competitive process where local nonprofits submitted innovative ideas for improving the Bay Area community.

Learn more about Baykeeper's innovative shoreline mapping project.

Removing More Toxic Debris from Richmond's Point Molate Beach

Baykeeper staff and volunteers have been removing additional debris from Point Molate Beach Park in Richmond.

The cleanup follows our major debris removal last year. We took 96 tons of toxic debris off the beach, and helped make it possible for the city of Richmond to reopen this long-closed park earlier this year. (Photo credit: Sejal Choksi-Chugh)

In our recent cleanup, we removed contaminated logs that had washed up since last year's cleanup, tires that were half-buried in mud just off the shore, and trash. Our continued cleanup helps make Point Molate's wild Bay beach safer for park visitors, and improves shoreline and water habitat for wildlife.

Training to Protect the Bay and Shoreline from Container Ship Crashes

If a large container ship loses power in San Francisco Bay, it can no longer be steered or controlled. The enormous ship could hit a bridge or shoreline, suffer damage, and spill oil into the Bay's waters that could contaminate shorelines and harm wildlife.

To help prevent this type of emergency, Baykeeper Executive Director Deb Self recently took part in a drill by the San Francisco Harbor Safety Committee. In the first-ever drill of its type in the U.S., three tugboats towed one of the largest container ships that enters the Bay. The ship was stacked with 11,000 loaded containers and had its engines powered off.

This photo shows two of the tugs pulling the container ship. The drill was a success, with the tugboats able to not only tow the huge ship, but also to turn it around in the Bay.

Watch a KTVU video of the recent emergency container ship towing exercise.

Baykeeper is Hiring! Become our Associate Attorney

Baykeeper seeks a recent law school graduate, admitted to the California Bar or sitting for the July 2014 California Bar exam, to join our litigation team.

Our Associate Attorney will assist with developing and prosecuting enforcement actions, conducting settlement negotiations, and monitoring compliance with active settlement agreements; conduct field investigations, public records review, and other case research and writing; and take on other responsibilities related to litigation, policy advocacy, and organizational support.

Baykeeper offers extremely competitive salary and benefits and excellent opportunities for professional development and advancement. This is a great opportunity to join our small, highly effective organization, and put your legal skills to work for San Francisco Bay.

Read the Associate Attorney job description and learn how to apply for this position.

Thank You for Making Our 25th Anniversary Party a Success for the Bay

Baykeeper's 25th Anniversary Party in May was a great celebration of 25 years of successful action to protect San Francisco Bay from pollution.

In the beautiful Maritime Museum, overlooking the sparkling blue Bay, we honored two outstanding leaders. A big thanks to Mike Herz, Baykeeper Founder, and long-serving Baykeeper Board member Jim Kuhns for their inspiring words! In addition, State Senator Mark Leno presented Baykeeper Executive Director Deb Self with a Senate proclamation praising Baykeeper's steadfast defense of the Bay. (Photo credit: Robb Most)

Thank you to everyone who attended! The funds raised will provide a big boost to Baykeeper's work to make the Bay clean and healthy.

View photos of the Baykeeper 25th Anniversary Party.

(Photo at top by Roberto Soncin Gerometta)