Promising Advances for Salmon in the Bay Watershed

Although the number of salmon spawning in local creeks has dropped precipitiously over the past several years, this season there is some good news for these migrating fish. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that biologists have counted greater numbers of endangered wild coho salmon returning to western Marin County and laying eggs in greater numbers than have been seen during the past three years – 55 coho and 30 egg nests were identified in the San Geronimo Valley in the past week, with hopes that more fish will arrive this winter.

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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