A New Regional Permit to Control Storm Water Pollution

In October 2009 the San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board adopted the final Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit, pursuant to the Clean Water Act. Also known as an MS4 permit, this document describes the requirements cities are required to follow in regards to stormwater and the associated pollution which enters the Bay through storm drains.

Groups Challenge Bush-Era Central Valley Water Contracts

Flawed water management plans shortchange wildlife, Delta
Contact 
Trent Orr, Earthjustice, (510) 550-6700; Serena Ingre, Natural Resources Defense Council, cell: (703) 296-0702, (415) 875-6155

Conservation groups have appealed a decision to keep long-term water delivery contracts in California’s Central Valley that would result in years of damage to devastated salmon and other native fisheries, and fail to protect and restore
California’s largest estuary, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and San Francisco Bay.

Is Your Holiday Meal Bay-Friendly?

Baykeeper and East Bay Municipal Utility District urge residents not to put cooking oil and grease down the sink.
Contact 
Deb Self, San Francisco Baykeeper, 415-856-0444 x108, cell: 510-882-1882

Most people don’t realize that the preparation of rich holiday meals, and cleanup afterwards, can lead to sewage spills during the rainy season. Cooking foods like turkey and gravy 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.

Defending the Right to Swimmable Waterways

Sejal Choksi
From the November 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

On a sunny Saturday morning in September, thousands of Bay Area residents marked the 25th Anniversary of Coastal Cleanup Day by picking up trash from Bay shorelines, beaches and parks. While these dedicated volunteers spent the morning protecting our local waters with trash bags and gloves, a small group of world-class athletes took action to defend our watershed in a very different way.  

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Protecting Marine Life from the Delta to the Golden Gate and Beyond

Sejal Choksi
From the October 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

San Francisco Bay is part of the largest estuary on the West Coast, a merging of freshwater flows from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the salty waters of the Pacific Ocean. The Bay’s mix of fresh and salt water creates a unique habitat for a broad array of fish, clams, oysters, and marine mammals. The wildlife have become an important part of our local identity—from the familiar sight of Pier 39’s sea lions to California’s iconic Chinook Salmon fishery that provided for native people and anglers for decades.

25th Anniversary of Coastal Cleanup Day Draws Volunteers of All Ages to Hunters Point

San Francisco Baykeeper Hosts Cleanup at India Basin Shoreline Park
Contact 
Sara Aminzadeh, San Francisco Baykeeper (415) 794-8422

WHAT: Beach Cleanup at India Basin Shoreline Park

WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2009 (10 am to noon)

WHERE: India Basin Shoreline Park in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood (on Hunters Point Boulevard between Evans and Innes)

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A Watershed Moment for the Clean Water Act

Sejal Choksi
From the September 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

San Francisco Baykeeper was founded on the principle that the San Francisco Bay and its connected rivers, creeks, and wetlands belong to the communities that depend on them—and must be protected accordingly. Fortunately, we have the Clean Water Act to help us do just that. When Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972, our nation’s lakes, rivers, and estuaries were severely polluted. Industrial facilities discharged chemicals into rivers and lakes with little regulation, and grossly inadequate wastewater treatment practices led to frequent sewage spills.

California Fishing Communities, Tribes and Conservation Groups Defend Salmon, Steelhead, Green Sturgeon and Killer Whales from Industry Attack

Intervention papers filed in federal court
Contact 
Sejal Choksi, (925) 330-7757 (cell)

A broad coalition of fishing, environmental groups and tribes filed papers in federal court today defending California’s native salmon. The groups oppose legal efforts by commercial water users and large agricultural interests to overturn federal protections for salmon and other species.

Preparing for Climate Change in the Bay

Sejal Choksi
From the August 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

In the last 200 years, San Francisco Bay has undergone profound changes, and the health of the Bay has varied dramatically. Before the wave of gold rush settlers, for example, the Bay was a vibrant ecosystem teeming with marine life, to the extent that oysters, shrimp and several species of fish were commercially harvested. By the 1970s, however, the Bay had become a severely polluted waterbody that suffered from frequent waves of fish dying off and a notorious foul stench.

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