Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for May 2014

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Golden State Warriors Decide Not to Build Arena on Bay Piers

In response to advocacy from neighborhood and environmental groups, including San Francisco Baykeeper, the Golden State Warriors basketball team will not build a giant basketball arena on Piers 30-32 on the San Francisco Embarcadero waterfront.

The team is instead planning to build the arena on a 12-acre site in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood. While still close to the shoreline, the arena will not be built on piers that extend over the water. 

Baykeeper is pleased that precious open-water views of the Bay from the shore south of the Bay Bridge, shown in this photo, won't be blocked by the arena. Construction on the piers, which would have threatened Bay shoreline habitat, also won't be needed. (Photo credit: Tito Perez Flickr/CC)

Learn more about our successful opposition to the Warriors arena being built on the Bay.

Kayak, Swim, SUP, Sail, or Row in the Bay Parade on June 14

Join the Bay Parade on Saturday, June 14! Kayakers, swimmers, SUPers, sailors, and rowers are invited to participate in this on-the-water celebration of San Francisco Baykeeper's 25 years of protecting San Francisco Bay from pollution.

Parade 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! An after party with beer and oysters will follow.

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

Learn more and register to take part in the Bay Parade on June 14.

You're Invited to Baykeeper's 25th Anniversary Party on May 15

Help celebrate 25 years of Baykeeper's work to protect San Francisco Bay! Join us for our 25th Anniversary Party on Thursday, May 15, at the Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, San Francisco, from 6 to 8 pm.

Our Anniversary Party will feature a hosted bar, sustainable fare, and a silent auction, all with beautiful views of the Bay. Join us to commemorate a quarter-century of defending San Francisco Bay, and hear about our latest victories for clean water and healthy wildlife.

Tickets begin at $75 and are on sale now. Tickets will also be on sale at the door. All proceeds benefit Baykeeper's work to make the Bay clean and healthy for another 25 years!

Learn more and purchase tickets to Baykeeper's 25th Anniversary Party on May 15.

Pleasanton Concrete Manufacturer Agrees to Protect the Bay From Toxic Runoff

Oldcastle Precast, a Pleasanton concrete products manufacturer, recently signed a legally–binding agreement with Baykeeper requiring the company to install pollution controls to protect San Francisco Bay from contaminated runoff.

This is the latest victory in Baykeeper's Bay-Safe Industry Campaign. We have now secured pollution cleanup agreements with 19 major Bay Area industrial facilities that had been allowing toxic substances to run off into the Bay.

Materials used to make concrete are stored outdoors on the Oldcastle site, and when rain falls, the storm water has been picking up pollutants that include heavy metals. Contaminated water has been running off into storm drains that empty into creeks that flow to San Francisco Bay. Oldcastle has already begun taking action to reduce its Bay pollution.

Learn more about runoff pollution cleanup at Oldcastle Precast.

Baykeeper Removes More Toxic Debris from Richmond's Point Molate

After removing 96 tons of toxic debris from Richmond's Point Molate beach last year—and helping officially re-open this long-closed city park in April—Baykeeper is taking more toxic debris off the beach and out of the water.

Led by Baykeeper Staff Scientist Ian Wren and Baykeeper Head Skipper Geoff Potter, volunteers will remove contaminated logs that have washed onshore since last year's cleanup. Also being removed are tires stuck in mud near the shore.

Point Molate Beach Park was closed for 12 years, and logs contaminated with toxic creosote blighted the shoreline, posing a threat to wildlife and people. Baykeeper's cleanup helped make the park reopening possible and should also make the area safer for fish and harbor seals.

Read more about Baykeeper's new cleanup and the reopening of Point Molate Beach Park.

Court Rules Against Unsustainable Bay-Delta Water Supply Contracts

Last month, a federal appeals court ruled that federal contracts to supply water from the San Francisco Bay-Delta ecosystem, which promised more water than exists in an average year, were renewed illegally.

In a unanimous ruling, an eleven-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the Natural Resources Defense Council, San Francisco Baykeeper, and other environmental groups. (Photo credit: Joan Robins)

The ruling does not affect this year's pumping of water from the Bay-Delta or water deliveries. However, the decision opens the door to the water contracts being revised in a way that better protects the Bay, Delta, fishing industry jobs, and communities that depend on the Bay-Delta ecosystem.

Learn more about Baykeeper legal action for water supply contracts that protect the Bay-Delta.

(Heading photo by Roberto Soncin Gerometta)

A Win for the Waterfront