Fishermen, Tribal Members, and Enviros Band Together to Advocate for More Flows at Sacramento Press Conference

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Today, a coalition of environmental organizations, Northern California Indian tribal members, and commercial and sportfishing organizations held a press conference at the State Capitol to advocate for strong salinity standards and unimpaired San Joaquin River flows as part of the State Water Resources Control Board’s Water Quality Control Plan updates for the Bay-Delta (Phase I).

A Healthy Bay for Bat Rays

Do you know what Bay animal resembles both an eagle and a trash compactor?

Bat rays are best known for their wide, bat-like “wings” (actually pectoral fins) that make them elegant swimmers. They’re a kind of eagle ray, and they’ll sometimes even pop up to the water’s surface to coast in the air.

And instead of teeth, bat rays have two fused grinding plates for crushing rigid prey, sort of like a trash compactor. They hunt worms, clams, crabs, fish, and whatever else they find in the sand and mud of San Francisco Bay’s floor.

Our Thirsty Bay Needs More Fresh Water

Sejal Choksi-Chugh
From the August 2018 edition of Bay Crossings

A lack of fresh water is tearing apart San Francisco Bay’s web of life.

Salmon hatch in rivers and migrate to the ocean at a young age. They mature there and return to the river where they hatched to spawn—leaving the eggs of a new generation. The Bay once teemed with salmon from the two main river systems, the San Joaquin and the Sacramento, that flow into the Delta and then to the Bay. A local fishing industry thrived.

Advocating to Protect Suisun Marsh from Duck Club Waste

San Francisco Bay’s Suisun Marsh is one of the largest marshes on the West Coast, providing rich habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife—including river otters like the one pictured here.

Suisun Marsh also hosts over 100 wetlands that are privately owned by duck hunting clubs. San Francisco Baykeeper recently advocated for stronger controls on polluted discharges from duck club wetlands to protect the Bay and local wildlife.


Dredging Doesn’t Have to Kill Endangered Wildlife

If you’ve spent time on San Francisco Bay you’ve probably seen dredging in action in the form of large barges scooping up mud from the Bay floor. Dredgers perform an essential function: they clear channels for large ships to keep them from getting stuck in the Bay’s shallow waters.

But there’s a problem. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which performs about 70% of dredging in the Bay, uses suction dredging technology.  This highly destructive method vacuums up sediment – and everything else it encounters – from the Bay floor.



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