Volunteers Needed to Collect Storm Water Samples this Winter

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With the arrival of the rainy season, the Baykeeper staff has been busy collecting samples of storm water to test for pollution. And we need volunteers who can help! During the rainy season, pollutants from streets, homes, parking lots, commercial centers and industrial sites all get washed into storm drains and creeks that empty into the Bay – so it's a key time to collect samples from potential pollution sites.

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Invasive Species Pose Threat to Human Health, Scientists Warn

Sacramento Bee

For years, scientists have called the San Francisco Bay-Delta one of the most "invaded" waterways in the world. More than 240 animal and plant species have hitchhiked here in the ballast tanks of cargo and tanker ships, thriving in waters from Sacramento to the Farallon Islands.

Bay for the Gulf Raises $5,000 for Gulf Coast Waterkeepers

On Sunday, October 24th, San Francisco Baykeeper sponsored the Bay for the Gulf Gala, a food and wine event to raise funds for the efforts of the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers as they continue to respond to the impacts of the BP oil disaster. More than 200 attendees sampled offerings from premier local restaurants and wineries including Ridge, Coterie Cellars, Dolce, Madera, Marche, Aziza, Ubuntu and Baia Nicchia Farms.

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Cities Under Pressure to Curb Sewage Deluge

SF Examiner

A watchdog group’s legal campaign to reduce overflows from public sewer systems is forcing San Mateo County agencies to make millions of dollars in upgrades that are pushing sewer rates higher. San Francisco Baykeeper filed eight lawsuits against county agencies during the past two years for allowing discharges of untreated sewage.

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Help Keep the Bay Clean this Holiday Season

Proper Disposal and Recycling of Cooking Oil Reduces Sewage Spills to the Bay
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Deb Self, San Francisco Baykeeper, 415-856-0444 x108, cell: 510-882-1882

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and along with it, winter rains.  Many people don’t realize that this combination can lead directly to sewage spills in San Francisco Bay.

Cooking rich holiday meals creates fat, oil and grease that get washed down the drain during the cleanup of dishes, pots, pans and fryers.  Over time, cooking oil and grease solidify into thick layers and build up on the inside of sewer lines and drainpipes, causing clogs.  These clogs can cause sewage to back up into backyards, driveways and neighborhood streets.

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2010 California Legislative Spotlight: Water Quality

Deb Self, Baykeeper and Executive Director
From the November 2010 edition of Bay Crossings

Of the 1024 bills that reached the Governor’s desk this year, 726 were signed into law.  Only a handful of these new laws are related to the environment, and except for one of these, all are procedural – that is, they set up new bureaucratic procedures, place caps on fines, require new vision statements, or slightly revise existing guidelines.  Only one bill, SB 346 (Kehoe, D-San Diego), directly addresses a water quality pollutant and authorizes new steps to reduce the source of contamination.  SB 346 restricts automakers from using copper in brake pads.  Brake pad copper h

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Sharks of San Francisco Bay

Deb Self, Executive Director with the assistance of David McGuire, Director of Sea Stewards and Filmmaker: City of the Shark
From the October 2010 edition of Bay Crossings

As Halloween draws closer and our thoughts turn to costumes and candy, this festive fall holiday also inspires us to dust the cobwebs off our spookiest stories. Being a water-oriented organization – and writing for a commuter-ferry audience – it was hard to resist a topic centered around the scariest aquatic thriller of all time: the 1975 the box-office thriller Jaws, which catapulted sharks, the Great White specifically, to horror movie stardom.

Crossword Puzzle Challenge

Deb Self, Executive Director
From the September 2010 edition of Bay Crossings

The San Francisco Bay is remarkably complex. As we take in the scenery along the Bay Trail, ride the ferry to work, and even when we wade into the water for a swim, it’s hard to comprehend the numerous processes at work to sustain the Bay ecosystem. The Bay’s biological communities depend on freshwater inflow from the Delta, continual tidal flushing, a seasonal coastal upwelling, regular cycles of sediment and nutrients, and stable water chemistry.

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Report Pollution

You can reach Baykeeper's pollution hotline at 1-800-KEEP-BAY, email us at hotline@baykeeper.org, or fill out the form below to submit a confidential pollution tip.

Please include the observed time and date, location and description of the event. If you have photos please provide below.
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