Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for October 14, 2010

Help Fight Invasive Kelp in the Bay – Two Volunteer Events This Weekend

Undaria_removalThis Saturday, 9 am to noon
South Beach Harbor
Meet right of Harbor Master's Office
San Francisco, CA 94107
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This Sunday, 9 am to noon
San Francisco Marina, East Basin (aka Gashouse Cove)
Meet in front of Gate 14
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Baykeeper is partnering with Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) to stop the invasion of the Asian kelp Undaria pinnatifida, which has spread throughout marinas in San Francisco Bay and threatens the local ecosystem. Volunteers are needed to walk the docks of these marinas, identifying the invasive kelp and directing divers who remove the kelp at the roots. Please volunteer your time at one of two removal events this weekend!

RSVP to SERC at marineinvaders@gmail.com or call (650) 380-5000. Read more information about the spread of Undaria in San Francisco Bay.

Help Protect Redwood City Salt Ponds – Attend Important Meeting on Tuesday, October 19

wetlandsTuesday, October 19, 7 pm
Redwood City Planning Meeting
City Hall
Redwood City, CA 94063
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Redwood City is considering a real estate proposal to develop 1,400 acres on former salt ponds at the edge of the Bay, threatening the health of an important wetland area. Help make sure this land is protected from development by attending a public meeting this Tuesday evening, when the city will accept public comments on the environmental review process for the proposed Saltworks project.

Read more about the upcoming meeting and why Baykeeper opposes the Saltworks development.

Join Us at Bay for the Gulf Food & Wine Benefit

BayfortheGulfSunday, October 24, 3:30 pm
Rosewood Sand Hill Hotel
2825 Sand Hill, Menlo Park 94025
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San Francisco Baykeeper is proud to sponsor Bay for the Gulf, a food and wine event to raise funds for Save Our Gulf and the efforts of the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers as they continue to respond to the impacts of the BP oil disaster.

Please join us for an afternoon of tastings from premiere local restaurants and wineries, including Ridge, Coterie Cellars, Dolce, Madera, Marche, Aziza, Ubuntu and Baia Nicchia Farms.

Visit the Bay for the Gulf website and purchase your tickets today!

Help Protect the Bay from Sewage Spills This Winter – Volunteers Needed for Outreach to East Bay Stores

No grease down the drainSan Francisco Baykeeper is seeking volunteers to reach out to local East Bay retailers to invite them to participate in our annual campaign to educate customers about keeping leftover fats, oils and grease out of sink drains. Every winter, the holiday cooking season results in clogged sewer pipes that can cause sewage spills to the Bay. Baykeeper partners with East Bay Municipal Utility District to ask local stores to display information about the proper disposal and recycling of leftover cooking oil.

If you can donate an hour or two of your time to make phone calls or follow-up visits, please contact Tracy Corbin, Membership Coordinator, at 415-856-0444 x112 or at tracy@baykeeper.org.

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