Baykeeper Press Releases

High levels of trash and bacteria in San Jose storm water runoff make recreation dangerous and harm wildlife (Photos of the trash pollution available upon request.)
(Nov 24, 2014) San Francisco, CA (November 24, 2014) Today San Francisco Baykeeper sent the City of San Jose a notice that Baykeeper intends to sue the city for failing to keep trash, fecal bacteria, and other pollution from washing into major creeks and tributaries to San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper conducted a two-year investigation that shows San Jose has some of the highest levels of polluted...
Community leaders, groups applaud decision to protect Bay Area communities
(Oct 8, 2014) SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The Board of Supervisors yesterday passed a resolution supporting and encouraging the Department of the Environment and the Port of San Francisco in developing a policy to bar the transportation and export of hazardous fossil fuel materials in San Francisco. Supervisors Malia Cohen and Scott Wiener introduced the resolution to prohibit the movement of crude oil,...
Threat of Oil Spills Rising as Shipment of Crude Oil by Train Skyrockets
(Jul 17, 2014) (San Francisco, CA) With the number of freight trains carrying crude oil skyrocketing in California, a new state law will provide the state’s rivers, lakes, and creeks with protection from oil spills previously given only to the state’s coastal waters. The expanded protection is especially critical now, because the danger of oil spills into the state’s inland waters is rising as...
Baykeeper Files Court Appeal to Prevent Ocean Beach Erosion and Damage to Bay
(Jul 9, 2014) Yesterday, San Francisco Baykeeper filed a court appeal to stop private companies from mining too much sand from San Francisco Bay. The appeal seeks to overturn an April state court ruling that gave sand mining companies a green light to increase the amount of sand they suck up from the San Francisco Bay floor, regardless of whether it harms the Bay or causes Ocean Beach to wash...
Baykeeper and California Coastkeeper Alliance sue for better protection for the Bay
(May 14, 2014) California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA), a coalition of 12 Waterkeeper organizations including San Francisco Baykeeper, has filed a lawsuit against the State Water Board for failing to adopt a statewide Industrial Stormwater Permit that protects San Francisco Bay, and waterways throughout the state, from contaminated storm water running off industrial facilities. The statewide...
Local Events, Artwork, and Photo Contest Commemorate July 25th
(Jul 22, 2013) (San Francisco, CA) – San Francisco Baykeeper proudly announces that the California Legislature has officially designated July 25th, 2013, as Swimmable California Day. Thanks to the work of our statewide California Coastkeeper Alliance, California Waterkeeper organizations and communities throughout the state will celebrate with a series of local events, a month-long social media...
Park Closed for a Decade Will Reopen in July
(Jun 25, 2013) (Richmond, CA) San Francisco Baykeeper is removing the last remaining toxic debris from Point Molate Beach Park in Richmond this week, after a three-month restoration project to clean up nearly 100 tons of contaminated material. As a result, the city-owned park, which has been closed for a decade, will reopen to the public in July. Light machinery is being used to remove...
Second Annual Event Challenges Silicon Valley CEOs to Present Their Best Pitch to Top Press
(Nov 28, 2012) (San Francisco, CA) – For the second year in a row, Trainer Communications will donate the proceeds of its Media Sharktank event to San Francisco Baykeeper. “Baykeeper sincerely thanks Trainer Communications for supporting our work to protect San Francisco Bay by making us the beneficiary of this highly-anticipated event,” said Deb Self, Baykeeper Executive Director. Last year’s...
To Keep Sewage Out of the Bay, Keep Cooking Fats, Oil and Grease Out of the Drain
(Nov 21, 2012) San Francisco Bay Area, CA – The holiday season can bring a surge of sewage pollution to San Francisco Bay. A major reason is the cooking and cleanup of rich holiday meals. Cooking rich foods like turkey and gravy creates fats, oil and grease which gets washed down the drain during cleanup of pots, pans and fryers. The fats and greasy scraps harden and clump together, especially in...
Removing Unsustainable Amounts of Sand from San Francisco Bay Disrupts Habitat, Causes Ocean Beach to Erode
(Nov 20, 2012) (San Francisco, CA)—San Francisco Baykeeper has filed a lawsuit against the State of California over its decision to approve an Environmental Impact Report allowing unprecedented rates of sand mining in the Bay. Excessive sand mining disrupts the Bay’s ecosystem and contributes to erosion of Ocean Beach. Beaches outside the Golden Gate like Ocean Beach are naturally replenished by...

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