Baykeeper Press Releases

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...
Removing Unsustainable Amounts of Sand from San Francisco Bay Causes Beach to Erode
(Nov 1, 2012) (San Francisco, CA)—A large increase in sand mining in San Francisco Bay was approved in mid-October by the State Lands Commission. The approval came despite findings by scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey that increased sand mining will exacerbate the already-serious problem of erosion at Ocean Beach. Sand miners dredge the floor of the central Bay to collect sand to be used...
New Support Spurs Baykeeper Campaign to Clean Up Industrial Pollution of the Bay
(Sep 11, 2012)   SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco Baykeeper proudly announced the award of a $75,000 grant from the Hugo Neu Corporation in support of their mission to protect San Francisco Bay from pollution. The grant will be vital in propelling the organization’s new Bay Safe Industry Campaign. "We thank Hugo Neu Corporation for recognizing with this funding the importance of Baykeeper's...
App helps beachgoers and recreationists find closest, cleanest Bay Area beaches
(May 31, 2012) San Francisco—Finding a Bay Area beach where the water is clean enough for swimming, surfing and other in-the-water recreation is going to be easier with San Francisco Baykeeper’s launch of the Swim Guide app. This new, free smart phone app provides up-to-date water quality information from government authorities on more than a dozen Bay and ocean beaches in the Bay Area. The app...
From boat, Baykeeper documents impact of future sea level rise on San Francisco Bay
(Feb 3, 2012) San Francisco— Next week some of the year’s highest tides will breach California’s coastal and bay shorelines, providing a glimpse of what the state can expect as sea level rises due to climate change. Baykeeper is helping document the impact of these high tides, called king tides, on San Francisco Bay. High tides will occur Monday through Wednesday, with the highest, at more than...
Baykeeper settles long-running lawsuit against Peninsula sanitary district
(Jan 12, 2012) San Francisco - Less sewage will be draining into San Francisco Bay from Menlo Park-based West Bay Sanitary District, San Francisco Baykeeper announced today. Baykeeper has successfully settled its long-running lawsuit against West Bay for illegal sewage spills, reaching an agreement that details the agency’s efforts to curb its sewage pollution as a result of Baykeeper’s suit....
City Must Protect Bay Area's Air and Water During America's Cup
(Dec 5, 2011) San Francisco  –  The Environmental Council – a coalition of more than thirty Bay Area organizations – is now reviewing the final America’s Cup Final Environmental Impact Report, released today by the City of San Francisco. While concerns remain that the project may fall short of preventing harm to the city’s shoreline and Bay ecosystem, certain areas, such as air quality mitigation...
To Keep Sewage Out of the Bay, Keep Cooking Fats, Oil and Grease Out of the Drain
(Nov 30, 2011) 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...
1.5 cents increase per barrel of oil will fund prevention and response measures
(Oct 9, 2011) Sacramento, CA – Finally, the California Office of Spill Prevention and Response – part of the Department of Fish and Game – is set to get an increase in funding from oil companies doing business in the state.  AB 1112 was signed by Governor Brown October 8. California oil spill prevention and response programs had been facing cuts next year, prompting Assemblymember Jared Huffman...

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