Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for November 2013

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Monthly Update for November 2013
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Three More Victories to Stop Industrial Pollution of the Bay!

Baykeeper successfully settled three more Bay-Safe Industry Campaign lawsuits—and now three more industrial facilities are installing new controls to protect San Francisco Bay from contaminated runoff.

U.S. Pipe and Foundry will keep storm water polluted with heavy metals out of the Bay by preventing runoff from leaving its Union City pipe manufacturing facility.

The city of Sunnyvale's trash transfer facility processes 1,500 tons per day of trash and recyclables, mostly outdoors—and now controls are being implemented to prevent harm to nearby Bay wetlands from the site's toxic storm water.

And instead of running off into the Bay, storm water containing chemicals and metals from Premier Recycle in San Jose will be pumped to storage containers and reused onsite.

These cleanups are making the Bay safer and cleaner for people and wildlife. Read more about Baykeeper's Bay-Safe Industry Campaign.

Polluting Abandoned Boats Being Removed from Oakland Estuary

Thanks to Baykeeper's past advocacy, polluting abandoned boats are being taken out of the Oakland Estuary. This month the federal Environmental Protection Agency raised an abandoned and sunken tugboat from the estuary floor, as part of a two-month operation to remove more than 40 abandoned boats from the area.

Funding for the tug removal comes in part from penalty fees paid by owners of the Cosco Busan, the container ship that spilled 53,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the Bay in 2007. Baykeeper advocated for using these penalty fees to clear abandoned boats from the Bay, in order to help clean up this widespread source of pollution. (Photo credit: Brock de Lappe)

Read more about the removal project and Baykeeper's work to stop pollution in the Bay from abandoned boats.

Rainy Season Tips to Protect San Francisco Bay

During the rainy season, lots of pollution washes into San Francisco Bay—and you can help stop some of this pollution from your own home and yard.

Here's one tip: When leftover cooking oil and grease are rinsed down the drain, they can clog sewer pipes and lead to sewage spills in the Bay. Instead, wipe oily dishes, pots, and pans with a paper towel or put excess grease in a can, and put it in the trash. (Photo credit: Don McCollough, Flickr CC)

Read more of Baykeeper's rainy-season tips to protect San Francisco Bay.

Point Molate Park Reopens After Baykeeper Cleanup

Point Molate Beach Park in Richmond, one of the largest sandy beaches on San Francisco Bay's eastern shore, reopened last month after being closed for a decade.

The reopening of this Richmond city park came after Baykeeper completed a months-long cleanup earlier this year, removing 96 tons of toxic debris that had polluted Bay waters and Point Molate's shoreline.

The cleanup should make the area safer for fish and harbor seals, and improve the health of nearby eelgrass beds.

Learn more about Baykeeper's cleanup of Point Molate Beach Park.

Swim for the Bay 2013 a Success for the Bay!

Fog didn't stop last month's Swim for the Bay from being a huge success for San Francisco Bay!

Unfortunately, conditions on the swim date were too foggy for the swimmers to safely launch their 9-mile crossing of the Bay. But the swimmers were still heroic in their fundraising efforts–this year's swim and celebration dinner raised a record $30,000 to support Baykeeper's work to protect the Bay from pollution. (Photo credit: Susanne Friedrich)

Thanks to all the swimmers, pilots, support teams, volunteers, and donors who made this event a terrific success for the Bay!

Want to make a donation to your favorite Swim for the Bay swimmer? There's still time–Click here!