Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for March 17, 2010

Baykeeper Victory for Reducing Sewage Spills

Bayfront_ParkBaykeeper has successfully settled our lawsuit against the City of San Carlos for spilling thousands of gallons of raw sewage spills in violation of the Clean Water Act. San Carlos has agreed to make significant investments in fixing its sewer system and reducing sewage spills.

Sewage spills from San Carlos' dilapidated sewage collection system threaten the health of local waterways such as South Bay sloughs that are home to thousands of local and migrating wildlife and are popular recreation spots for kayakers and bird watchers.

Baykeeper has also filed two new lawsuits to prevent sewage spills from the Cities San Bruno and South San Francisco. We've now brought a total of eight lawsuits to address the regional problem of sewage spills from San Mateo County cities.

Read more about Baykeeper's recent legal action to protect the Bay from sewage spills.

Help Protect Redwood City Salt Ponds

wetlandsRedwood City is considering a proposal for a 1,400-acre real estate development on former salt ponds at the edge of the Bay. You can help make sure this important wetland area is protected by getting involved in the public review process – sign up with Redwood City to receive updates about how to take action.

Salt ponds and other wetland areas play a vital role in the Bay ecosystem: they provide nesting, spawning and rearing areas for fish, birds and mammals; are a rich source of nutrients; serve as a natural filtration system for local waterways; prevent shoreline erosion; and help control flooding to areas further inland.

The health of the Bay depends on healthy wetlands, so sign up today! For more information about protecting Bay wetlands, visit Citizens Committee to Complete the Refuge at

Court Declines Appeal of Aquatic Pesticide Victory

red_legged_frogCreeks, rivers and bays and aquatic animals nationwide will remain protected after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an industry appeal of Baykeeper's court case to properly regulate aquatic pesticide spraying.

Baykeeper's 2009 victory in the Sixth Circuit prompted EPA to begin regulating pesticide applications into creeks, rivers, lakes and bays that were previously unprotected. Industry opponents are fighting the regulations, and we're continuing to monitor the process carefully to ensure the strongest possible protections against pesticide contamination.

Read more about Baykeeper's work to protect waterways from pesticides.

Help Fight Invasive Kelp in the Bay

Undaria_removalThe Asian kelp Undaria pinnatifida is fast spreading throughout marinas in San Francisco Bay and threatening the local ecosystem. Baykeeper needs volunteers to monitor local docks and marinas and collect data that will guide removal efforts.

If you are interested in volunteering to help stop the spread of Undaria, please contact Baykeeper Field Coordinator Rosalind Becker at or 415-856-0444 x104.





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Baykeeper Victory for Reducing Sewage Spills