Baykeeper works to stop roadway trash flowing into the Bay

A lot of trash accumulates along Bay Area highways and freeways. Rain and wind can drive that trash into the Bay or into storm drains that empty into the Bay. Trash pollution blights views of the Bay, inhibits Bay recreation, and harms the Bay’s wildlife.

The California Department of Transportation, or Caltrans, is responsible for preventing trash pollution on streets from getting into the Bay (and waterways all around the state). But Caltrans is not doing enough to clean up roadside litter.


Rogue Boat in Aquatic Park Highlights A Bay-Wide Problem

Sejal Choksi-Chugh
From the April 2018 edition of Bay Crossings

Update: As of April 5, the derelict boat has left Aquatic Park.

For months, a rundown sailboat has been illegally anchored in San Francisco Bay’s most sheltered swimming cove, Aquatic Park, off San Francisco’s northern shoreline.

Swimmers have called and emailed Baykeeper’s Pollution Hotline repeatedly to report pollution from the rogue sailboat. They reported having to detour around the boat because it was anchored in the swimming lanes. Most disturbingly, they told us they’ve been swimming through human waste the boat’s occupant had dumped overboard.

Landfill Agrees to Stop Polluting Coyote Creek & the Bay

Baykeeper recently secured a new legal victory to stop the Newby Island landfill facility in Milpitas from releasing polluted runoff into tributaries of San Francisco Bay.

The Newby Island Resource Recovery Park is a landfill, compost, and material recovery facility located near the Bay shoreline. Through our investigations, Baykeeper found that the facility had been releasing excessive levels of pollutants—including selenium, iron, aluminum, nitrogen, and sediment—into Coyote Creek and Lower Penitencia Creek for years. Both of these creeks are tributaries of San Francisco Bay.

Ensuring Endangered Species Habitat is Safe From Sea Level Rise

In our ongoing advocacy to protect the Bay’s endangered wildlife, Baykeeper recently told regulators that a newly proposed location for shoreline habitat isn’t protective enough to support the species being displaced by development. Regulators and the project developer are proposing a site in the Newark Slough to offset shoreline habitat loss in other areas—but the proposed site experiences regular flooding that pushes out wildlife, sometimes right onto a nearby, heavily-trafficked road.

Sturgeon: Quiet Giants of the Bay

Sejal Choksi-Chugh
From the February 2018 edition of Bay Crossings

Compared to some of our wild neighbors around the Bay Area, we’re all newbies to California.  Sturgeon have swum in our local waters for more than 2 million years. These giant fish can grow even larger than San Francisco Bay’s biggest mammal, the sea lion. But because sturgeon stay far underwater along the Bay’s dark floor, few people ever see one.

Baykeeper conducts flyover survey of King Tides

Baykeeper’s Staff Scientist and Field Investigator took to the air with our partners at LightHawk Conservation Flying, to survey the impact of King Tides on Bay Area shorelines for the third year in a row.

Documenting the range and intensity of the annual high tides known as King Tides can help predict the effect of sea level rise in coming decades. Sediment erosion during King Tides


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