Baykeeper Press Releases

East Bay cities held accountable for leaky sewage collection systems.
(Jan 28, 2010) Today, San Francisco Baykeeper filed a complaint in federal district court to join the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) enforcement action against six East Bay cities and one sewage district for illegal sewage spills. This enforcement action is the culmination of years of Baykeeper efforts to hold East Bay cities accountable for leaky sewage collection systems that...
Baykeeper Files Three New Lawsuits, Investigates Next Targets
(Dec 2, 2009) San Francisco Baykeeper filed three new lawsuits today to prevent sewage spills to San Francisco Bay from the City of Millbrae, the City of San Carlos and the West Bay Sanitation District. Baykeeper’s lawsuits against the South Bay entities are the latest in a string of Clean Water Act enforcement cases designed to improve wastewater management throughout the Bay Area. Over the past...
Flawed water management plans shortchange wildlife, Delta
(Nov 30, 2009) Conservation groups have appealed a decision to keep long-term water delivery contracts in California’s Central Valley that would result in years of damage to devastated salmon and other native fisheries, and fail to protect and restoreCalifornia’s largest estuary, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay. The appeal was filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...
Baykeeper and East Bay Municipal Utility District urge residents not to put cooking oil and grease down the sink.
(Nov 25, 2009) Most people don’t realize that the preparation of rich holiday meals, and cleanup afterwards, can lead to sewage spills during the rainy season. Cooking foods like turkey and gravy creates fat, oil and grease that get washed down the drain during the cleanup of dishes, pots, pans and fryers. Over time, cooking oil and grease solidify into thick layers and build up on the inside of...
San Francisco Baykeeper Hosts Cleanup at India Basin Shoreline Park
(Sep 18, 2009) WHAT: Beach Cleanup at India Basin Shoreline Park WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2009 (10 am to noon) WHERE: India Basin Shoreline Park in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood (on Hunters Point Boulevard between Evans and Innes) WHY: Giving Help Where Help is Needed: San Francisco Baykeeper is hosting a beach cleanup at India Basin Shoreline Park to target the serious marine...
Intervention papers filed in federal court
(Aug 24, 2009) A broad coalition of fishing, environmental groups and tribes filed papers in federal court today defending California’s native salmon. The groups oppose legal efforts by commercial water users and large agricultural interests to overturn federal protections for salmon and other species. On June 4, 2009, the National Marine Fisheries Service released an 800-page plan (biological...
Fishermen, tribes, and conservationists hail decision to protect fish, jobs, and local communities
(Jun 4, 2009) Current operations of state and federal water projects in California’s Central Valley jeopardize endangered California Chinook salmon and steelhead populations, according to a biological opinion filed today by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Today’s announcement also finds that current water operations jeopardize killer whales, which rely on Sacramento River salmon as a major...
Baykeeper Urges State Action to Protect Imperiled Fisheries
(Apr 1, 2009) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could weigh industry costs when establishing environmental protections for power plants with cooling water intake structures. The Court’s ruling states that a cost-benefit analysis is not categorically forbidden by the Clean Water Act, leaving it to the new Obama Administration to decide whether and...
Court Vacates Bush Rule Exempting Pesticide Application From Clean Water Act Protections
(Jan 7, 2009) In yet another in a long list stinging defeats for the Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a clear rebuke against the administration’s 2006 rule which exempted certain commercial pesticide applications from the oversight provided by Congress under the Clean Water Act. The Court held that pesticide residuals and biological pesticides...
Nancy Sutley’s experience in California, a lead state on environmental issues like climate change, makes her an ideal choice for the post.
(Dec 11, 2008) California environmental leaders learned Wednesday that one of their own, Nancy Sutley, could be tapped to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Sutley currently serves as the deputy mayor for energy and environment in Los Angeles and previously served on the California State Water Resources Control Board, which is responsible for managing California’s water...

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