SF Baykeeper is a longstanding protector of San Francisco Bay, and our approach has always required us to work within the entirety of the Bay's watershed. A healthy Bay depends on the health of the tributary waters that flow into it.
Over the past year, Waterkeeper Alliance proposed scaling back Baykeeper’s jurisdiction to just the nine Bay Area counties, which amounts to an 89 percent reduction of our jurisdiction. This restricted range is incompatible with our mission, and it ignores the significant contributions Baykeeper has made—and will continue to make—throughout our watershed for more than 30 years.
Despite numerous attempts to try to reach a resolution of this jurisdictional issue, Waterkeeper Alliance has yet to make a final decision, or to provide a clear process and timeline by which a decision would be made.
We cannot continue to have uncertainty around our jurisdiction, a lack of transparency around the resolution process, and a lack of support for our longstanding efforts to protect the watershed. Our mission is too important.
That is why SF Baykeeper's board of directors and staff leadership have decided unanimously to withdraw from the Waterkeeper Alliance, effective immediately.
Waterkeepers worldwide have won many victories for clean water, and Baykeeper will continue to work alongside leaders in the movement for clean water. Baykeeper has a long history of working in partnership with waterkeeper organizations and others in the watershed, and we will always be a strong ally to advance our mission of protecting San Francisco Bay and its watershed from its biggest threats.
The SF Bay ecosystem needs a watershed-wide champion, and SF Baykeeper will continue to fill that role.