Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for June 2015

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Monthly Update for June 2015
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The Second Annual Bay Parade Was a Big Success for the Bay

Thanks to everyone who helped make Baykeeper's 2015 Bay Parade a big success for the Bay!

More than 100 swimmers, sailors, stand-up paddle boarders, surfers, kayakers, and rowers, along with Bay enthusiasts on the Hornblower hybrid ferry, the classic sailing schooner Freda B, and the Baykeeper pollution patrol boat, paraded on the water in the second annual Bay Parade on Sunday May 31.

The parade's exuberant finale in McCovey Cove was broadcast live on the AT&T Park Jumbotron at the start of the San Francisco Giants ball game. It was a terrific celebration of a clean and healthy San Francisco Bay.

And, the San Francisco Chronicle covered the Bay Parade, with lots of great photos of the finale. See coverage from SFGate.com here.

After the parade, we celebrated with a party hosted by Anchor Brewing at The Yard SF, the new pop-up beer garden just across McCovey Cove from AT&T Park.

A big thank you to the Bay Parade participants, our tireless volunteers, and everyone who donated in support of a participant. Thanks also to our Bay Parade sponsors, the San Francisco Giants, Anchor Brewing, Levi's, Hornblower, the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Enviroment, and Keker & Van Nest LLP.

Learn more and see photos of the Bay Parade.

Photo by Robert McKinney.

Most Bay Area Beaches are Safe in Dry Weather

It's safe to go in the water at most Bay Area beaches when the weather's dry, according to the Annual Beach Report Card released today.

The report card, issued by Baykeeper's partners at Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay, assigns a grade of A to F to beaches along the West Coast for water quality. Better grades indicate a lower risk of illness for people who go in the water.

Over the past year, almost all Bay Area beaches earned a grade of A or B during summer dry weather, and most also had an A or B during dry winter weather. However, during wet winter weather, only about half of Bay Area beaches got an A or B, and many got an F.

Learn more about the results of this year's Beach Report Card and Baykeeper's work to improve wet-weather water quality at Bay Area beaches.

Photo by Robb Most.

Baykeeper Advocates for Dredging Changes to Protect the Bay and Ocean Beach

Baykeeper is calling for big improvements to dredging practices in San Francisco Bay. We recently advocated for dredging changes that will reduce erosion of coastal shorelines, including Ocean Beach, and better protect endangered species in the Bay.

We argued that sand dredged from the Bay should be used to restore wetlands and protect shorelines from sea level rise—not be dumped deep in the ocean, an outdated and wasteful disposal method. Keeping the sand in use in the Bay can help reduce erosion at Ocean Beach.

And, we advocated that dredgers be required to immediately stop using suction methods that vacuum up sand from the floor of the Bay. This practice also vacuums up Delta smelt and longfin smelt, two fish species on the brink of extinction.

Regulators at the Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the Regional Water Quality Control Board have not taken adequate steps to require these important changes. Baykeeper will continue pushing for improved dredging practices in San Francisco Bay.

Learn more about dredging changes needed to protect the Bay and Ocean Beach.

Photo by Andrew Snaps (Flickr/CC).

27th Victory in Baykeeper's Bay-Safe Industry Campaign

GiftIn response to Baykeeper's Clean Water Act lawsuit, Marin Sanitary Service in San Rafael recently agreed to improve its site to protect San Francisco Bay from contaminated runoff. It's the 27th victory in our Bay-Safe Industry Campaign to keep industrial pollution out of the Bay.

Marin Sanitary Service provides curbside recycling; solid waste, yard waste, and food scrap hauling; and household hazardous waste disposal in Marin County.

The company owner was cooperative in working with Baykeeper to fix the site's problems. Baykeeper's legally-binding agreement with Marin Sanitary Service will protect the Bay from pollutants that include aluminum, copper, iron, and zinc at levels exceeding EPA recommended limits.

Learn more about Baykeeper's pollution cleanup agreement with Marin Sanitary Service.

Baykeeper Supports New Local Laws Requiring Manufacturers to Fund Drug Disposal

GiftMany Bay Area communities are passing laws to require pharmaceutical companies to fund safe disposal of leftover medications, which will help keep drug pollution out of San Francisco Bay.

Baykeeper recently supported local ordinances that passed in San Francisco, Santa Clara, and San Mateo counties. Alameda County is already implementing an ordinance. More counties are considering similar programs to shift the cost of safe drug disposal to pharmaceutical companies.

When leftover medications are flushed down the toilet or washed down the sink, they eventually enter the Bay via treated wastewater. Drugs to treat hypertension, angina, arrhythmia, and migraine, as well as antihistamines, have been found in the tissues of San Francisco Bay mussels. Drug pollution can harm wildlife by interfering with reproduction, foraging, and reaction to predators.

You can help prevent this pollution by letting your local leaders know you want safe drug disposal, funded by pharmaceutical companies. And if you have leftover medications, use your county's drug disposal program.

Learn more about safe medication disposal and see a list of county drug disposal programs.

Photo by Joan Robins.

Acclaimed Documentary Film Pelican Dreams at The Exploratorium June 18

GiftPelican Dreams, a documentary film by Judy Irving (filmmaker of The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill) will be screened at The Exploratorium, 7:00 pm, tomorrow, Thursday, June 18.

The film is an intimate portrait of an iconic seabird species, and a story of friendship, survival, and the beauty of flight. Pelican Dreams follows a wayward, starving California brown pelican from her "arrest" on the Golden Gate Bridge into care at a wildlife rehabilitation facility, and from there explores pelicans' nesting grounds, Pacific coast migration, and survival challenges.

The Exploratorium is located at Pier 15 (Embarcadero at Green Street) in San Francisco. Admission to the film is free with museum admission.

Learn more about Pelican Dreams and the screening tomorrow, June 18.

JINS Eyewear Fundraiser for Baykeeper Continues Through Summer

GiftJINS Eyewear is continuing to sell its custom-made eyeglass case featuring San Francisco Baykeeper. 100% of proceeds from your purchase of the case supports Baykeeper's work for a healthy Bay.

The JINS store at 151 Powell St., San Francisco is the company's first store in the US. Customers can browse, purchase, and receive prescription eyewear with custom fitting all in the same visit.

Then select a custom-made San Francisco Baykeeper eyeglass cases for $5, and show off your Baykeeper pride with your fashionable new eyewear.

Learn more about JINS Eyewear's Cases for Causes donations to Baykeeper.

(Photo at top by Roberto Soncin Gerometta)