Sick of Sewage

Sejal Choksi
From the March 2008 edition of Bay Crossings

On January 31, heavy rains and operator error caused an overflow of sewage at a treatment plant in Marin County. More than 2.7 million gallons of partially treated sewage spilled out of the plant and into Corte Madera Creek, which flows into Richardson Bay. This was the second spill to occur in one week; only six days earlier, the same sewage treatment plant discharged another 2.5 million gallons of sewage when it was overwhelmed by heavy rains. Sewage spills carry not only bacteria and disease, but industrial chemicals as well.

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Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Case Has Implications for Cleanup in San Francisco Bay

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Sejal Choksi, 925-330-7757 (cell)

Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the case surrounding the Exxon Valdez oil spill. In 1987, the tanker Exxon Valdez spilled tens of millions of gallons of Alaskan crude oil into Prince William Sound. The Court will hear arguments from Exxon about why it should not have to pay the $5 billion liability award imposed by an Anchorage jury in 1994. The High Court’s decision is relevant for oil spill prevention and cleanup in San Francisco Bay.

Flawed Regulations Allow Polluted Runoff from Dairies

Groups assert that polluting dairies must be regulated under the federal clean water act
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Sejal Choksi, 925-330-7757 (cell)

Environmental groups today challenged the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board’s flawed regulation of dairy operations in the Central Valley. The Regional Board recently issued permits that do not adequately protect the Valley’s waterways from pollution caused by large dairy operations and do not comply with the federal Clean Water Act.

Exorcising the Ghost Fleet of Suisun Bay

Sejal Choksi
From the February 2008 edition of Bay Crossings

Environmental groups are challenging the US Maritime Administration for its failure to protect the waters of the San Francisco Bay and Delta Estuary from pollution created by a ghost fleet of toxic ships near Benicia. More than fifty decommissioned and deteriorating vessels are anchored in Suisun Bay, leaching toxic paint and heavy metals into the water and sediment of the Bay.

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Call for Improvements In Oil Spill Preparedness and Response

Organizations Respond to Release of Phase I U.S. Coast Guard Review of Cosco Busan Oil Spill
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Deb Self, San Francisco Baykeeper, 415-856-0444 x108, cell: 510-882-1882

The California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA), a coalition of 12 Waterkeeper groups spanning the coast from the Oregon border to San Diego, and San Francisco Baykeeper today called on the U.S. Coast Guard and the State of California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response to work with the public and lawmakers to improve oil spill preparedness and response in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the state. CCKA and Baykeeper spoke in response to the U.S. Coast Guard’s release today of its Phase I Incident Specific Preparedness Review (ISPR) Report on the Cosco Busan oil spill.

On the Water and In the Courtroom, Baykeeper Patrols S.F. Bay Pollution

Sejal Choksi
From the January 2008 edition of Bay Crossings

The San Francisco Bay is part of the largest estuary on the entire Pacific Coast of the Americas. One of the most biologically productive water bodies in the world, the Bay supports commercial and recreational fisheries, including Chinook salmon, Pacific herring, Bay mussel, and Dungeness crab. The Bay’s open water habitats, as well as its rocky shorelines and salt marshes, provide critical areas for many species and millions of migratory shorebirds depend on the Bay as a resting spot along the Pacific Flyway.

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Assemblyman Jared Huffman and San Francisco Baykeeper To Hold Marin Town Hall Meeting on Oil Spill Response

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Deb Self, San Francisco Baykeeper, 415-856-0444 x108, cell: 510-882-1882

Who: San Francisco Baykeeper and Assemblyman Jared Huffman

What: Town Hall Meeting on Government and Community Response to the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Where: Stinson Beach Community Center

When: Saturday, December 15 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

San Francisco Bay Oil Spill Disaster from Cargo Ship Collision

Lola Dvorak
From the December 2007 edition of Bay Crossings

In the early morning heavy fog of November 7, an 902-foot long cargo ship collided with the wooden fender of the delta tower base of the Bay Bridge, spilling 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel into the San Francisco Bay. Initial reports from the US Coast Guard indicated that the Cosco Busan’s torn hull leaked only 140 gallons of fuel, but within the first hour, the oil was 1/3 of a square mile and fumes were closing down the San Francisco waterfront.

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Keep Sewers Fat-Free This Holiday Season

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

The holidays are just around the corner, and many Bay Area residents are gearing up for special meals – with buttery foods, turkeys and homemade gravy. Food-focused holidays challenge not only waistlines but, surprisingly, local sewer lines. This year, Baykeeper and EBMUD urge residents to protect their homes and the Bay by keeping fats, oil and grease out of pipes and visiting one of the District’s free residential cooking oil and grease recycling locations.

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