Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for April 2014

San Francisco Baykeeper E-News
Monthly Update for April 2014
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You're Invited to Baykeeper's 25th Anniversary Party on May 15

Help celebrate 25 years of Baykeeper's work to protect San Francisco Bay! Join us for our 25th Anniversary Party on Thursday, May 15, at the Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, San Francisco, from 6 to 8 pm.

Our Anniversary Party will feature a hosted bar, sustainable fare, and a silent auction, all with beautiful views of the Bay. Join us to commemorate a quarter-century of defending San Francisco Bay, and hear about our latest victories for clean water and healthy wildlife.

Tickets begin at $75 and are on sale now. All proceeds benefit Baykeeper's work to make the Bay clean and healthy for another 25 years!

Learn more and purchase tickets to Baykeeper's 25th Anniversary Party on May 15.

Swim, Kayak, Row, SUP, or Sail in the Bay Parade on June 14

Join the Bay Parade on Saturday, June 14! Swimmers, rowers, kayakers, SUPers, and sailors are invited to participate in this on-the-water celebration of San Francisco Baykeeper's 25 years of protecting San Francisco Bay from pollution.

Parade participants launch from Aquatic Park or Pier 14 for an on-the-water parade to AT&T Park. The parade finale will be featured on the Jumbotron at the start of the Giants game! An after party with beer and oysters will follow.

Registration fees are $100 or $200, and participants must raise at least $300 to support Baykeeper's work (sailboats are asked to raise $500). Your registration fee counts toward your fundraising goal.

Learn more and register to take part in the Bay Parade on June 14.

Spring Tips for a Healthy Bay and Healthy You

As the warm-weather recreation season gets underway, Baykeeper presents actions you can take to protect both your health and the health of San Francisco Bay. (Photo Credit: Roberto Soncin Gerometta)

Here's one tip: Most chemical sunscreens contain dangerous compounds like oxybenzone and retinol that can cause cancer and disrupt hormones. Instead, use sunscreens containing zinc oxide or titanium oxide, but avoid nanoparticles.

Nanoparticles are extremely tiny particles of zinc or titanium oxide that harm human health. They are also too small to be removed by wastewater treatment, so when you wash them off your skin, they end up in the Bay, where they may harm Bay wildlife. To avoid nanoparticles, choose a sunscreen labeled nano-free.

Read more spring tips for a healthy Bay and a healthy you.

Meet Baykeeper Volunteer Pollution Investigator Helen Dickson

When Helen Dickson moved to the Bay Area a year ago, one of the first things she did was to contact Baykeeper and offer to be a Volunteer Pollution Investigator. .

Since then, Helen has not only tracked down potential industrial polluters, she's also helped Baykeeper coordinate our volunteer investigation program.

One of her favorite things to do, she says, is also one of the most difficult: getting up in the middle of the night to go out into the rain to collect a sample of polluted storm water running off from an industrial facility.

Read more about Helen and how our volunteers help Baykeeper identify industrial polluters.

25th Anniversary Flash from the Past: Jail Terms for Bay Polluters

In honor of Baykeeper's 25th anniversary, we present a flash from our past quarter-century of protecting San Francisco Bay from pollution.

Baykeeper founder Mike Herz tells how, just a few months after Baykeeper's founding, we received an anonymous tip about illegal midnight dredging and dumping of toxic mud from the Bay bottom.

This tip led to a covert Baykeeper investigation by kayak at night, a media scandal, retaliatory damage to the Baykeeper boat, and then a criminal investigation. Finally, the president of the offending company was tried and sentenced to two years in prison. It was one of the first times that an environmental crime against San Francisco Bay resulted in jail time.

Read Baykeeper Founder Mike Herz's account of jail terms for Bay polluters.

Point Molate Beach Park Officially Reopens

Point Molate Beach Park in Richmond reopens officially with a celebration at the park on Saturday, April 19, 10am to 2 pm.

Baykeeper helped make possible the re-opening of this Richmond city park, which had been closed for over a decade. In a months-long cleanup last year, we removed 96 tons of toxic debris that had polluted San Francisco Bay and the Point Molate shoreline.

The grand opening celebration at the park includes music, youth activities, a bird observatory, a barbecue, and a ribbon-cutting by Richmond's mayor. Get more information here.