Baykeeper In The News

Articles and other news featuring Baykeeper's role in protecting the Bay
Earth Island Journal | October 11, 2016 | Trash
“The plastic bag industry’s arguments don’t make a lot of sense,” says Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper, one of the many organizations that have come out strongly in favor of Proposition 67. “A single-use plastic bag that takes about 1,000 years to degrade into smaller pieces of plastic… is wasteful and harmful to...
The Progressive Farmer | October 3, 2016 | Pesticides
A policy rider in an appropriations bill in Congress to end permit requirements to spray pesticides on waters to control mosquitoes, is drawing the ire of nearly 150 environmental groups, including SF Baykeeper.
Estuary News | September 26, 2016 | Wetland Protection
Environmentalists are heading warily into the fall following two regulatory developments that they fear may cramp efforts to protect California’s wetlands. . . Baykeeper Managing Attorney Erica Maharg said, "Wetlands are vitally important to the health of nearby surface waters and it is extremely important that they be protected overall. So the...
NBC Bay Area | September 22, 2016 | Oil Spills
Two large oil sheens on San Pablo Bay Wednesday morning, after a mysterious odor prompted shelter-in-place orders in Vallejo Tuesday night, appear to have come from a Phillips refinery tanker in Rodeo, authorities said. Coast Guard crews earlier laid down a thousand-foot boom to contain oil surrounding the Yamuna Spirit tanker. Scientist Ian Wren...
ABC7 News | September 22, 2016 | Oil Spills
The Coast Guard Wednesday night has confirmed the oil sheens in San Pablo Bay. One is a mile long and the other is surrounding an oil tanker at the Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo. Ian Wren of Baykeeper says, "There's a lot of sensitive wetland communities in that area. We want to make sure the areas around Point San Pablo and Point Pinole are...
NBC Bay Area | August 9, 2016 | Toxic Pollutants
A large swath of toxic waste located just upshore from Crockett in the East Bay is impacting the bay water and the ground water and poses a danger to people in the area. Baykeeper Staff Attorney Erica Maharg said, "It's a toxic site with heavy metals such as lead and arsenic that we know are leaching into San Pablo Bay."
Northern California Record | August 4, 2016 | Bay-Safe Industry
OAKLAND – The nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper is seeking declaratory judgment and injunctive relief against an Oakland recycling facility, Asphalt Shingle Recyclers LLC, alleging it is unlawfully discharging polluted stormwater into East Creek Slough.        
Bay Area Monitor | August 1, 2016 | Sick of Sewage
San Francisco Bay is a draw for people who love water sports from swimming to kayaking to windsurfing. But some beaches on the Bay are contaminated by fecal pathogens, threatening the health of those who come for fun in and on the water. Now, spurred by new regulations for bacteria on our beaches, cities are cleaning up the waterfronts that drain...
CBS Bay Area and Associated Press | July 25, 2016 | Sick of Sewage
An employee released 952,000 gallons of partially treated sewage — enough to fill 50 backyard swimming pools — by accident into San Francisco Bay. “It’s disappointing,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Baykeeper executive director. “When you have human error, it’s really unfortunate. 950,000 gallons is a lot. But luckily it was secondarily treated, so it...
The Mercury News and East Bay Times | July 25, 2016 | Sick of Sewage
An employee who turned the wrong valve at San Jose's wastewater treatment plant this week sent 952,000 gallons of partially treated sewage -- enough to fill 50 backyard swimming pools -- into San Francisco Bay. . ."It's disappointing," said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Baykeeper executive director. "950,000 gallons is a lot. But luckily it was secondarily...

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