Baykeeper In The News

Articles and other news featuring Baykeeper's role in protecting the Bay
San Jose Mercury News | February 12, 2013 | Oil Spills
The pilot who crashed the Cosco Busan cargo ship into the Bay Bridge in 2007, causing the worst oil spill in the bay in two decades, has sued the U.S. Coast Guard in an effort to regain his mariner's license so he can sail again. . . . "He's shown that he didn't have the medical fitness or sound judgment to be sailing ships," said Deb Self,...
Environmental News Service | February 4, 2013 | Wildlife & Habitat
The United States has named the San Francisco Bay and Estuary as its 35th Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention, effective on World Wetlands Day, February 2. Deb Self, executive director of the nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper, said of the designation, “It’s terrific news. I hope that it will raise awareness about the...
KALB Channel 33 | January 18, 2013 | Sick of Sewage
Watch the video of Baykeeper Executive Director Deb Self's presentation at the Albany Library, "The Health of San Francisco Bay" on local pollution issues that affect the Bay’s Albany shoreline, and how to be a good Bay citizen. Presentation was January 14, 2013, video is one hour.
San Jose Mercury News | January 11, 2013 | Oil Spills
Three days after a 752-foot oil tanker sideswiped a tower of the Bay Bridge under foggy conditions, the top Coast Guard official in the Bay Area on Thursday called for a reconsideration of rules that allow large ships to sail in fog near the Bay Bridge. The request by Capt. Cynthia Stowe to the San Francisco Bay Harbor Safety Committee follows a...
San Jose Mercury News | January 9, 2013 | Oil Spills
After the cargo ship Cosco Busan sailed through heavy fog and hit a tower of the Bay Bridge five years ago, spilling 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel, the Coast Guard and shipping officials wrote new rules to limit large ships from sailing in risky areas of San Francisco Bay when visibility is less than a half mile. But they left out one key risk:...
NBC Bay Area | January 8, 2013 | Oil Spills
A nonprofit environmental group is seeking to close a loophole in best maritime practices, a day after an oil tanker nicked the base of the Bay Bridge. Deb Self, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper, noted that the Bay Bridge is not on a list of nine "critical maneuvering areas," where industry standards advise that large vessels greater...
San Jose Mercury News | January 8, 2013 | Oil Spills
SAN FRANCISCO -- A 752-foot oil tanker sailing in the fog collided with a tower of the Bay Bridge on Monday morning, spilling no oil but raising alarming new questions about oil tanker safety in San Francisco Bay. The ship, the Overseas Reymar, based in the Marshall Islands, had unloaded its oil at the Shell refinery in Martinez only hours before...
San Francisco Chronicle | January 8, 2013 | Oil Spills
Emergency crews scrambled into action Monday when a tanker ship struck a Bay Bridge tower, but visions of catastrophe turned to relief after the damage was quickly assessed and news spread that a disaster had been averted. It was the kind of response that local, state and federal officials wished they had five years ago when the container ship...
San Francisco Chronicle | December 17, 2012 | Sediment Mgmt
Dredge mining of shoals near Angel and Alcatraz islands and throughout Suisun Bay is robbing the bay of sand that keeps San Francisco's Ocean Beach from eroding, according to new research by the U.S. Geological Survey. Partly as a result of sand mining, the 10-mile stretch between southern Ocean Beach and Point San Pedro near Pacifica is eroding...
CBS San Francisco Channel 5 | December 5, 2012 | Sick of Sewage
With water treatment plants all over the Bay Area receiving a deluge of runoff from this weekend's storms, 77 million gallons of partially treated sewage was released into the San Francisco Bay. Linda Yee reports.

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