Baykeeper In The News

Articles and other news featuring Baykeeper's role in protecting the Bay
San Francisco Chronicle | May 24, 2013 | Bay Recreation
Water quality at most Bay Area beaches remains clean and clear, according to a report released Thursday. .Almost all Bay Area beaches have zero or very low levels of bacteria from sewage, agricultural runoff or animal waste during the dry season. In the rainy season, sewage overflows and storm runoff can bring dangerous levels of bacteria to local...
Daily Democrat | February 25, 2013 | Oil Spills
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hoping to reduce the risk of major oil spills in San Francisco Bay, the Coast Guard and other top shipping officials Thursday passed new rules to limit cargo ships, oil tankers and other large vessels from sailing near the Bay Bridge in heavy fog. . . Deb Self, executive director of the environmental group Baykeeper, praised the...
Richmond Confidential | February 25, 2013 | Wetland Protection
An international treaty recently recognized the San Francisco Bay estuary — California’s largest wetland — as a “wetland of importance,” but while conservation groups called the news a victory, the designation won’t directly halt development that has threatened the area for years. . . .“It’s important to have a little more weight on our side and...
San Jose Mercury News | February 14, 2013 | Oil Spills
SAN FRANCISCO -- Hoping to reduce the risk of major oil spills in San Francisco Bay, the Coast Guard and other top shipping officials Thursday passed new rules to limit cargo ships, oil tankers and other large vessels from sailing near the Bay Bridge in heavy fog. . .  Deb Self, executive director of Baykeeper, praised the decision. "I'm very...
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...

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