While the Nation's attention was rapt by the debt ceiling showdown, the Congress was busy behind the scenes using the Appropriations process to eviscerate the Clean Water Act. In another instance of holding federal budgets hostage, Republicans have been quietly passing huge policy changes through amendments to must-pass spending bills. Read more about proposed legislation that threatens our nation's waterways.
Baykeeper Sponsors State Bill for Oil Spill Prevention and Response
We're excited to be sponsoring State legislation to ensure adequate funding for oil spill prevention and response throughout California. Assembly Bill 1112 would also lead to better oversight of fuel transfers to ships, called bunkering, when it happens over open water. The bill has passed the Assembly and all of the policy committees in the State Senate, and will likely be heard on the Senate Floor in early September. Unfortunately, it's going to require an organized effort to counter the opposition of the Western States Petroleum Association and BP, who are trying to kill the bill over a penny and a half increase per barrel of oil. Read more about A.B. 1112.
Environmental Groups Voice Concern Over America's Cup
You may know that Baykeeper is helping lead the Environmental Council, a coalition of more than thirty organizations, to ensure that the America's Cup leaves a positive environmental legacy for the Bay and our comunities. Along with the Dolphin Club and several coalition partners, Baykeeper voiced concerns at last week's Planning Commission meeting that the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) does not adequately address the impacts of the event. The Environmental Council fears that the DEIR will not be able to guarantee that the Bay Area's air, water and sensitive shorelines are protected, and are urging City leaders to address the expected impact of the event to ensure a successful and sustainable sailing event. Read more about the environmental concerns and how Baykeeper is advocating for a successful and green America's Cup.
Support a Sharky Ecosystem!
State Senators from the Bay Area need to hear your support for A.B. 376, California's shark fin ban! Several Bay Area legislators are on the fence on this important issue to prevent shark finning, an unsustainable practice that threatens shark populations worldwide. We urge you to take action and make sure your legislator knows you want the Shark Fin Ban to pass.
Swim for the Bay on September 10
Ready for a challenge? The second annual TransBay Relay swim benefitting San Francisco Baykeeper will be held on Saturday, September 10th. The event is 9-mile swim from the Golden Gate to the East Bay; swimmers may participate on a relay team or as a solo swimmer.Each swimmer is asked to raise $400 to support Baykeeper's work. Don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind event - register today!
California Coastal Cleanup Day - Saturday, September 17
Join us for the 27th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day! Baykeeper will host our fourth annual shoreline cleanup at India Basin Shoreline Park on Saturday, September 17. Please come out to join us for a family-friendly event and help clean up this neighborhood shoreline park. Participants are eligible for great prizes from our sponsors Teva and REI!
Join the Baykeeper team! We are seeking a Development Writer to be the principal writer and editor for our fundraising and materials. The ideal candidate will have top-notch communication skills and a desire to work collaboratively to craft persuasive messaging about Baykeeper's work. This is an excellent opportunity to join our small, highly effective organization. Read the job description and learn how to apply for this position.
Federal Legislation Threatens Clean Water Act, Baykeeper Bill for Oil Spill Funding Headed to Final Vote