The Latest Progress to Reduce Sewage Pollution in the Bay
The Bay Area's worst-polluting sewer agencies spilled less sewage into San Francisco Bay last year, thanks to Baykeeper's Sick of Sewage campaign.
Sewage pollution has long been a major threat to the Bay's health, due to crumbling Bay Area sewer systems that overflow during rainy weather. Bay recreational users like swimmers and surfers are especially at risk of illness and infection from sewage contamination. (Photo credit: Tolka Rover, Flickr/CC).
But Baykeeper has won legally-binding agreements that compel sewer agencies serving 20 Bay Area cities to upgrade their infrastructure and repair miles of cracked pipes, on strict year-by-year timetables.
We've just finished analyzing results for 2012, which shows that several sewer agencies pulled ahead of their required timetables for making upgrades. Some have reduced sewage spills by 75%, while South San Francisco finished its repairs early and is no longer causing sewage problems in the Bay.
Read more about Baykeeper's progress to clean up sewage pollution in the Bay.