Baykeeper In The News

Articles and other news featuring Baykeeper's role in protecting the Bay
Metropolitan News Enterprise, Los Angeles | November 20, 2015 | Sediment Mgmt
The State Lands Commission violated the public trust doctrine when it approved the dredge mining of sand from sovereign lands under the San Francisco Bay, the First District Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. . . . Baykeeper, which has been fighting the project for years, argued that the mining is exacerbating a serious erosion problem.
San Francisco Examiner | November 19, 2015 | Sediment Mgmt
A California appeals court has ruled that sand in the San Francisco Bay must be considered a public trust resource, potentially challenging the practice of mining for sand in the Bay that’s in turn used in construction projects. Wednesday’s ruling in the lawsuit between San Francisco Baykeeper and the California State Lands Commission in the...
NBC Bay Area | November 6, 2015 | Wildlife & Habitat
After inspectors found certain explosive packaging "unsatisfactory," Caltrans has decided to delay the implosion of a section of the old part of the Bay Bridge. Ian Wren, of San Francisco Baykeeper, is not sold on the idea of the bubble curtain containing all the debris.  "There will be a large plume of concrete dust and debris . . ."
KQED Science | November 5, 2015 | Mercury
Mercury, a potent neurotoxin, builds up in fish and can cause serious illness in both humans and wildlife. “Mercury is invisible and prevalent throughout San Francisco Bay,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper. Despite cleanup efforts, Bay fish still have high levels of mercury.
High Country News | October 6, 2015 | Urban Storm Water
Nearly a year after San Jose shut down the Bay Area’s biggest homeless encampment, hundreds still live along city creeks. . . The environmental group Baykeeper announced a lawsuit against the city in 2014, over the hazards that large “rafts” of trash and fecal bacteria posed to public health and the creek’s flagging runs of steelhead and chinook...
Contra Costa Times | October 5, 2015 | Wildlife & Habitat
The implosion of the largest of the piers supporting the old Bay Bridge -- the underwater equivalent of a five-story concrete building -- will take place Nov. 7. . . Baykeeper will observe the implosion as a test of the method, said George Torgun, the group's managing attorney.
Bay City News | September 22, 2015 | Bay-Safe Industry
A lengthy public hearing in Oakland Monday afternoon and evening sought to parse out the benefits or drawbacks of exporting coal through a new shipping center under construction at the old Oakland Army Base in West Oakland. . . Opponents argued that the local community would be impacted by dust from transporting coal by rail. . . Environmental...
KTVU Fox 2 | September 21, 2015 | Wildlife & Habitat
Plans to demolish the largest pier in the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge using explosives took another step forward Thursday as a bay regulatory commission unanimously granted Caltrans a permit for the project. . .  Ian Wren, a staff scientist with environmental watchdog group Baykeeper,  said that Caltrans is seeking a cheaper and faster...
PassageMaker | September 21, 2015 | Sea Level Rise
With the help of Google, Torqueedo electric power, solar panels, and a specially designed multihull boat, Baykeeper photographed some 500 miles of coastline around the San Francisco Bay area. It will use these water-level photo montages to illustrate the effects of global sea level rise and its impact on areas that will be critically impacted by...
Contra Costa Times | September 18, 2015 | Wildlife & Habitat
A Caltrans plan to demolish the largest pier of the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge using explosives could spread concrete debris through the Bay, a staff scientist with an environmental watchdog group said Wednesday. Ian Wren, a staff scientist with Baykeeper, will raise the concerns during a Thursday meeting of the San Francisco Bay...