Baykeeper In The News

Articles and other news featuring Baykeeper's role in protecting the Bay
CBS SF Bay Area | April 28, 2015 | Oil Spills
A new kind of cargo is heading into the Bay Area by ship, called tar sands crude, the dirtiest crude on the planet. "This is a product that sinks. Its very heavy,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Baykeeper Interim Executive Director. “If it spills, it’s going to instantaneously cover the bottom of the Bay which will almost automatically kill everything...
Vallejo Times Herald | April 16, 2015 | Wetland Protection
A small group of people shut down a construction site Wednesday morning, protesting the dumping of dirt on a parcel of land off of Harbor Way, which they said would encroach on nearby wetlands. . . Ian Wren, a staff scientist with San Francisco BayKeeper, said that he was told the construction would stay at least 100 feet away from the wetlands...
The Guardian | March 27, 2015 | Bay-Safe Industry
Nonprofits are using California's new stormwater requirements to sue plastic manufacturers for polluting waterways — and they’re winning. . . “With plastic facilities, controlling pollution should be pretty simple,” says George Torgun, lead attorney for San Francisco-based Baykeeper, a nonprofit that has led several Clean Water Act citizen...
CBS SF Bay Area | March 25, 2015 | Oil Spills
International Bird Rescue in Fairfield says the State of California will not reimburse them for the money they spent cleaning up hundreds of birds injured during the recent “mystery goo” spill in the Bay. . . . On Monday, State Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, announced legislation sponsosred by San Francisco Baykeeper that would protect wildlife...
San Jose Mercury News | March 24, 2015 | Oil Spills
When 500 seabirds covered in a mystery goo turned up along the bay shoreline in January, there was no state coordinated response, leaving nonprofit groups to scramble to save what birds they could -- and foot the bill to rescue and care for the animals. California has a sophisticated plan to respond to petroleum oil spills, but none for other...
San Francisco Chronicle | March 23, 2015 | Oil Spills
Two California senators, angered by the tepid reaction to a mystery goo that has killed hundreds of birds on San Francisco Bay, are introducing legislation Monday to close a loophole that effectively froze state funding and prevented a unified multiagency response to the crisis. . . “When a spill happens, it is essential that first responders can...
Aljazerra America | March 19, 2015 | Water Resources
After the driest January on record and dire predictions of the worst and most persistent drought in 1,000 years, California is once again cracking down on water wasters .  .  . “The more important focus needs to be on big water users rather than individual households that don’t have low-flow toilets or water-efficient dishwashers,” said Sejal...
San Francisco Chronicle | March 18, 2015 | Water Resources
California officials approved a package of far-reaching water restrictions Tuesday, limiting homes and businesses in much of the Bay Area and elsewhere to just two days of outdoor watering per week while cracking down on the way restaurants and hotels use water. . . Some water experts were quick to criticize the state for not going further. Sejal...
KTVU 2 News | February 24, 2015 | Wildlife & Habitat
With deconstruction of the old Bay Bridge well underway, Caltrans says the tricky part may be removing the foundations that lie beneath the Bay. The agency Friday said it wants to use as many as 600 small explosions to demolish Pier E3. . . Environmental groups are skeptical. Baykeeper Staff Scientist Ian Wren said, "It could possibly creating a...
ABC7 News | February 23, 2015 | Wildlife & Habitat
Caltrans is looking for permission to implode one caisson on the eastern span of the old Bay Bridge. . . "Concerns arise regarding impacts to wildlife. How are the toxic chemicals and concrete within the structure going to be managed?" Ian Wren, staff scientist with Baykeeper said.

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