California Coastkeeper Alliance and Baykeeper Call for Improvements In Oil Spill Preparedness and Response

Organizations Respond to Release of Phase II 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 II Incident Specific Preparedness Review (ISPR) Report on the M/V Cosco Busan oil spill.

The Impacts of Our Morning Routines

Sejal Choksi
From the May 2008 edition of Bay Crossings

I have a fairly standard morning routine: I shower, wash my hair and apply moisturizer, then have breakfast. It’s an average morning that I am sure is similar to many people’s – but I’m guessing that few of us consider our morning routines to have a direct impact on local water quality. When I leave the house to catch BART, I leave behind traces of my routine. My body did not absorb all of the caffeine that was in my coffee, and the shampoo, conditioner and moisturizer I used washed down the drain, where it will eventually reach the Bay.

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Judge Tosses Biological Opinion for Salmon and Steelhead in California

Groups say delta water project operations must protect water supply for fish and people
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Sejal Choksi, 925-330-7757 (cell)

A federal judge has invalidated a water plan that would have allowed more pumping from the San Francisco Bay Delta at the expense of five species of protected salmon and steelhead trout. Fishing and conservation groups and a California tribe called the ruling a victory for the millions of Californians who depend on the delta for drinking water, fishing jobs and agriculture. The ruling comes in the wake of federal fisheries managers’ unprecedented April 10 decision to cancel this year’s salmon fishing season because of a record decline in spawning fish.

Protecting the Bay from Urban Runoff

Sejal Choksi
From the April 2008 edition of Bay Crossings

Bay Area storm drains tie into our creeks and empty into the Bay without any treatment or filtering. So when it rains, the cigarette butts, automotive fluids, pet waste, household gardening chemicals, and trash accumulated in gutters is washed into local creeks and the Bay. In fact, polluted rainwater accounts for the largest source of pollution to the Bay. Any material or substance left exposed to the elements can be carried into our waterways by stormwater. 

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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