Baykeeper Press Releases

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...
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...

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