Baykeeper Press Releases

State Agencies Cannot Allow Excessive Sand Mining If It Harms San Francisco Bay and Ocean Beach
(Nov 18, 2015) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (San Francisco, CA) State agencies and private companies no longer have a green light to extract excessive amounts of sand from the floor of San Francisco Bay—which harms access, enjoyment, and use of public resources—the California Court of Appeal ruled today. “This ruling could help keep sand in San Francisco Bay to prevent erosion of Ocean Beach, and...
Bay Bridge Implosion Scheduled for November 14, 2015
(Nov 13, 2015) For Baykeeper’s comments on the implosion of the old Bay Bridge pier, please contact: Ian Wren, Baykeeper Staff Scientist, 415-810-6956 (mobile) Background: Caltrans’ plan to implode the largest underwater pier of the old Bay Bridge threatens to pollute San Francisco Bay with dust and debris. “This cost-saving operation is without precedent in San Francisco Bay, and it seems the...
California Law Requires Environmental Review of Coal Impacts
(Oct 2, 2015) For Immediate Release October 2, 2015 Contact: Roger Lin, Communities for a Better Environment, roger@cbecal.org, 510-302-0430 ext. 16 Miya Yoshitani, Asian Pacific Environmental Network,  miya@apen4ej.org, 510-834-8920 ext.306 Jess Dervin-Ackerman, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, jess.dervin-ackerman@sierraclub.org, 510-693-7677 April Thomas, Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign,...
Baykeeper to raise concerns at the Bay Conservation and Development Commission hearing Sept 17
(Sep 16, 2015) (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) Caltrans’ plan to implode the largest underwater pier of the old Bay Bridge threatens to pollute San Francisco Bay with dust and debris. “This cost-saving operation is without precedent in San Francisco Bay, and it seems the Bay will end up paying the price to recoup money spent on cost over-runs and mistakes in the new bridge construction process,” says...
Excessive sand mining contributes to Ocean Beach erosion and threatens Bay species
(Aug 24, 2015) Protecting our rights to sand at Ocean Beach and in the Bay.  San Francisco Baykeeper will present arguments in the California Court of Appeal in our case to stop excessive sand mining in San Francisco Bay. We will be urging the court to require more sustainable sand mining limits that protect Ocean Beach and the Bay. For decades, private companies have been permitted to mine too...
When water’s being wasted, Baykeeper’s friendly reminder is a way to take action.
(Jun 30, 2015) (SAN FRANCISCO, CA) What can you do if you see a lawn sprinkler going full blast, with water running into the street? Or a garden hose gushing water with no one around?  Now, there’s a friendly way to remind neighbors about the need to conserve water during California’s fourth year of severe drought. Baykeeper has created a friendly water conservation reminder note that lets Bay...
SB718 Would Ensure That First Responders Can Act Quickly to Protect Sensitive Shorelines and Species
(Mar 23, 2015) SAN FRANCISCO – Senator Mark Leno is teaming up with environmental protection advocates today to announce legislation that would protect wildlife in the event of a marine spill involving a non-petroleum based substance. The legislation was inspired by the recent discovery of a mysterious sticky gray substance, dubbed in press reports as “mystery goo,” in the San Francisco Bay that...
Waterkeeper organizations throughout California call for permanent, deeper reforms
(Mar 17, 2015) (Sacramento, CA) – The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is expected to adopt an expanded emergency urban water conservation regulation today. The State Water Board’s action comes on the heels of new NASA data showing that California has approximately one year of water supply left in its reservoirs, and a poor showing of statewide water conservation...
Baykeeper will be on San Francisco waterfront Monday, December 22 to illustrate Bay Area’s vulnerability to flooding caused by global climate change.
(Dec 19, 2014) Media Advisory SAN FRANCISCO – Some of the year’s highest tides will occur December 21-23. These high tides, called King Tides, give a preview of flooding the Bay Area can expect as global climate change causes sea levels to rise. Baykeeper will be on the San Francisco shoreline to discuss the threat sea level rise presents, and how the Bay Area can prepare to avert damage. Who:...
Railroads claim they are not responsible for hazardous fuels they transport across the state
(Dec 8, 2014) San Francisco — Today, San Francisco Baykeeper and a coalition of concerned citizen groups, sportfishermen, and environmental organizations joined with the State of California in a lawsuit to defend the state’s oil spill response planning and financial responsibility requirements against a challenge by the railroads. Baykeeper filed a friend of the court brief along with Communities...

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