The Hostile Takeover of San Francisco Bay

Sejal Choksi
From the May 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

San Francisco Bay is known throughout the world for its majestic natural beauty, and San Francisco Baykeeper works every day to protect the health of the birds, fish and other aquatic animals that make the Bay so special. But the Bay isn’t just lovely to behold – it is also an active end point along an international shipping route that contributes to a significant portion of California’s trillion-dollar economy.

Supreme Court Rules on Once-Through Cooled Power Plants

Baykeeper Urges State Action to Protect Imperiled Fisheries
Amy Chastain, Staff Attorney, San Francisco Baykeeper, 415-856-0444 x106

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could weigh industry costs when establishing environmental protections for power plants with cooling water intake structures. The Court’s ruling states that a cost-benefit analysis is not categorically forbidden by the Clean Water Act, leaving it to the new Obama Administration to decide whether and how to compare costs to benefits when it issues new regulations for existing power plants.

Local Power Plants Harm Bay Wildlife

Sejal Choksi
From the April 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

In the wake of increasingly alarming climate change data and a growing movement to reduce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, energy issues have risen to the top of the national environmental agenda. The Obama administration has pledged to craft a sustainable national energy policy that promotes renewable sources of energy and minimizes the harmful environmental impacts of our energy consumption on air quality and global climate change.

Baykeeper Crossword Challenge

Sejal Choksi
From the March 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

The San Francisco Bay defines much of the lifestyle of the Bay Area. The Bay is an avenue for worldwide commerce and local transportation, an arena for outdoor sports and recreation and a breathtaking local attraction that draws residents and visitors alike. In our daily routines, it is easy to overlook the amazing complexity and diversity of life that thrives below the surface of the Bay and just beyond our view.


A Chance for Change: What a New Administration’s Water Policies Could Mean for the Bay and Beyond

Sejal Choksi
From the February 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

San Francisco Baykeeper has worked for almost two decades to protect the San Francisco Bay from pollution. Over the years, we’ve achieved a number of victories that have helped improve water quality not only locally but at the state and national level as well – in fact, last month we secured an important court ruling that requires the federal regulation of pesticide spraying in waterways across the country.


Conservationists Win Decision Protecting Local Water Supplies, Fisheries & Wildlife

Court Vacates Bush Rule Exempting Pesticide Application From Clean Water Act Protections
Sejal Choksi, 925-330-7757 (cell)

In yet another in a long list stinging defeats for the Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a clear rebuke against the administration’s 2006 rule which exempted certain commercial pesticide applications from the oversight provided by Congress under the Clean Water Act. The Court held that pesticide residuals and biological pesticides constitute pollutants under federal law and therefore must be regulated under the Clean Water Act in order to minimize the impact to human health and the environment.

Slowing the Flow of Pollution Runoff to the Bay

Sejal Choksi
From the January 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

While the rainy season in the Bay Area can mean an end to nice weather and much-loved outdoor activities, it’s an important and productive time for our environment – rain prompts new plant growth after many dry months and replenishes water reserves for drinking and irrigation. In urban areas like ours, however, rain also becomes polluted runoff as it hits our streets and driveways, washing grease, oil, trash and fertilizer residue into San Francisco Bay.

Waterkeepers Support Obama’s Appointment of Sutley to Key Environment Post

Nancy Sutley’s experience in California, a lead state on environmental issues like climate change, makes her an ideal choice for the post.
Sejal Choksi, 925‐330‐7757

California environmental leaders learned Wednesday that one of their own, Nancy Sutley, could be tapped to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Sutley currently serves as the deputy mayor for energy and environment in Los Angeles and previously served on the California State Water Resources Control Board, which is responsible for managing California’s water quality.

Winter Months are no Holiday from Sewage Spills in the Bay

Sejal Choksi
From the December 2008 edition of Bay Crossings

As fall turns to winter, many of us look forward to the holiday season and to celebrations with friends and family. Unfortunately, we at San Francisco Baykeeper have come to expect that the winter months also bring something less pleasant: sewage spills in San Francisco Bay. One cause of sewage spills to the Bay is the rain we get in the winter; during heavy rains, water seeps into leaky sewers and is piped to sewage treatment plants, overwhelming their capacity and sometimes causing sewage overflows.


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