Baykeeper’s Pollution Hotline received several pollution reports after each of two recent San Francisco fireworks shows held as part of the Super Bowl 50 festivities.
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.
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.
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 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.
In the 30th victory for Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, the operators of a waste disposal and recycling facility on the San Francisco Bay shoreline recently agreed to keep polluted storm water out of the Bay.
Blue Line Transfer, Inc. and South San Francisco Scavenger Company, Inc. will make changes at the Blue Line Transfer facility in South San Francisco to protect the Bay from contamination. The cleanup agreement came in response to Baykeeper’s enforcement action under the federal Clean Water Act.
The United Nations Climate Conference, or COP21, recently concluded with the adoption of an ambitious global agreement on climate change.
Baykeeper was represented at the climate talks by Advisory Board Members Marc and Sheila Andrus; Sara Aminzadeh, director of our statewide coalition, California Coastkeeper Alliance; and fellow Waterkeepers from The Bahamas to China. Through our representatives, we joined the chorus of voices in Paris demanding climate action that led to this critical agreement.
An oil storage and transfer facility proposed for Pittsburg that could have polluted San Francisco Bay won’t be opened. In a victory for the Bay and local communities, the facility developer, WesPac Energy, recently called off the project.
It’s going to be harder to stop trash pollution—a major source of contamination in San Francisco Bay—under new rules recently adopted by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Board. The Board weakened requirements on Bay Area city governments to keep trash from washing into local creeks and the Bay.
In October, Baykeeper filed a lawsuit aimed at stopping the export of coal from a new shipping terminal proposed for Oakland. Baykeeper and our partners recently dismissed the suit, after Oakland city leaders announced they would decide the fate of the proposed coal export project after an ongoing review process. Coal export would involve coal shipment by rail along the Bay shoreline.