Meet Robert Fairbank, Baykeeper Volunteer Head Skipper

Did you ever wonder where Clipper Cove on Treasure Island got its name? Or how to identify San Francisco’s leaning skyscraper? Or where to find harbor seals in San Francisco Bay?

For this and much more Bay lore, ask Baykeeper’s newly promoted volunteer Head Skipper, Robert Fairbank. He’s a walking—or rather, boating—encyclopedia of all things San Francisco Bay.

A Big Boost for Bay Wetland Restoration

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

If you’re a Bay Area voter, congratulations! Your vote has begun making a difference for San Francisco Bay. Two years ago, an overwhelming majority of Bay Area voters showed how much they love the Bay by passing Measure AA. The measure created new funding for the restoration of the Bay’s wetlands and shorelines.

Baykeeper on Patrol: May Update

Baykeeper Staff Attorney Ben Eichenberg recently took representatives from the San Francisco Department of the Environment and the Mayor's Office on an aerial patrol of the Bay. The aerial perspective helped illustrate how sand mining in San Francisco Bay is connected to erosion at San Francisco’s Ocean Beach, and how interrupted freshwater flows from the Delta affect the entire estuary.

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Baykeeper Advocates Against Offshore Oil Drilling

In a surprise policy shift this January, the federal administration announced that it was going to open almost all US coastal waters to offshore oil drilling. Based on Baykeeper’s decades of experience dealing with oil spills in San Francisco Bay, we know if this action moves forward, it will pose a real ecological threat to our spectacular shoreline resources and sensitive wildlife. 

That’s why Baykeeper is supporting new state legislation that would help protect San Francisco Bay and the Bay Area’s coastal shoreline from the impacts of offshore oil drilling.

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Baykeeper works to stop roadway trash flowing into the Bay

A lot of trash accumulates along Bay Area highways and freeways. Rain and wind can drive that trash into the Bay or into storm drains that empty into the Bay. Trash pollution blights views of the Bay, inhibits Bay recreation, and harms the Bay’s wildlife.

The California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, is responsible for preventing trash pollution on streets from getting into the Bay (and waterways all around the state). But Caltrans is not doing enough to clean up roadside litter.

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Rogue Boat in Aquatic Park Highlights A Bay-Wide Problem

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

Update: As of April 5, the derelict boat has left Aquatic Park.

For months, a rundown sailboat has been illegally anchored in San Francisco Bay’s most sheltered swimming cove, Aquatic Park, off San Francisco’s northern shoreline.

Swimmers have called and emailed Baykeeper’s Pollution Hotline repeatedly to report pollution from the rogue sailboat. They reported having to detour around the boat because it was anchored in the swimming lanes. Most disturbingly, they told us they’ve been swimming through human waste the boat’s occupant had dumped overboard.

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Landfill Agrees to Stop Polluting Coyote Creek & the Bay

Baykeeper recently secured a new legal victory to stop the Newby Island landfill facility in Milpitas from releasing polluted runoff into tributaries of San Francisco Bay.

The Newby Island Resource Recovery Park is a landfill, compost, and material recovery facility located near the Bay shoreline. Through our investigations, Baykeeper found that the facility had been releasing excessive levels of pollutants—including selenium, iron, aluminum, nitrogen, and sediment—into Coyote Creek and Lower Penitencia Creek for years. Both of these creeks are tributaries of San Francisco Bay.

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