Santa Clara Plating Company Agrees to Keep Toxic Runoff from Polluting the Bay

CSL, a metal plating and coating company in Santa Clara, recently agreed to keep contaminated rainwater from running off of its site and into storm drains that eventually flow to San Francisco Bay.

Baykeeper sued the company under the federal Clean Water Act because its storm water runoff contained high levels of aluminum, zinc, iron, nitrate, nitrite, and acid.  These pollutants are toxic to fish and other aquatic life. 

Baykeeper Refutes Developer’s Claim that Coal Export Won’t Harm the Bay

Can 10 million tons of Utah coal per year be brought by train through the Bay Area and shipped from Oakland to Asia, without polluting neighborhoods and San Francisco Bay? The developers of a bulk shipping terminal in Oakland claim it can be done, in an opinion piece on the pages of the April issue of Bay Crossings newspaper. On the same pages, Baykeeper refutes the developer’s claims, explaining how much harm coal export from Oakland would create for San Francisco Bay, the Bay Area, and the global climate.

San Rafael Rock Quarry Agrees to Protect the Bay from Contaminated Runoff

In the 32nd victory for Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, San Rafael Rock Quarry recently agreed to improve its operations to protect San Francisco Bay from contaminated runoff. The quarry is on the Bay shoreline, and during rainstorms, polluted rainwater has run off the site directly into the Bay.

Santa Clara Waste Facility Agrees to Keep Toxic Runoff Out of the Bay

Mission Trail Waste Systems, Inc., a garbage and recycling facility in Santa Clara, recently agreed to keep contaminated rainwater from running off the site and into storm drains that empty into tributaries of San Francisco Bay.

Baykeeper sued the company under the Clean Water Act because storm water running off the facility contained high levels of pollutants. The pollutants include heavy metals and chemical oxygen demand, a measure of certain types of toxic chemicals in water.

Tough Questions Considered at Baykeeper’s Water Forum

How is California faring during a major drought? What can we do locally to help turn around the acidification of the ocean? Can the many different interests in California come together to deal creatively with the state’s water woes? These were some of the questions considered at Baykeeper’s January 13 forum on The Future of Water in California.

The Biggest Threats to San Francisco Bay in 2016

What’s ahead for San Francisco Bay in 2016? Here are the top pollution threats Baykeeper foresees in the year to come, plus ways we’re fighting to stop these threats.

Oil Spills. The large number of container ships and oil tankers on San Francisco Bay create a constant risk for oil spills. Baykeeper has been the lead nonprofit advocating for stronger controls to prevent oil spills before they happen, and to ensure cleanup measures are in place in the event of a spill.

Baykeeper Challenges Weakened Rules on Trash in the Bay

Baykeeper recently challenged new rules that make it harder to stop trash and other pollution from storm water runoff in San Francisco Bay. We filed an appeal with the State Water Resources Control Board seeking to overturn provisions of the rules that fail to protect the Bay’s water quality.

The rules, officially known as the Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit, have been in effect since 2009. They require Bay Area city governments to reduce pollution that washes off city streets and into the Bay during rain storms. But cities have made little progress.


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