Baykeeper Updates Related to Dredging

BK In The News: August 28, 2019
A major oil spill in one of the nation’s most economically important waterways could become more likely unless a plan to dredge two San Francisco Bay channels less frequently is reconsidered... "That kind of catastrophe can obviously have very intense environmental impacts," attorney Erica Maharg...
BK In The News: June 27, 2019
The Sierra Club and four other environmental groups sent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a public comment letter Monday objecting to the agency's plan to dredge a 13-mile channel.. In addition to the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, groups signing the letter are Communities for a...
BK In The News: June 25, 2019
OAKLAND, Calif.— Public-interest groups filed a joint letter Monday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers strongly warning against efforts to dredge a deeper channel through San Francisco Bay... “The Corps has failed to fully disclose the project’s impacts,” said Erica Maharg, managing attorney for...
Press Release: June 25, 2019
OAKLAND, Calif.— Public-interest groups filed a joint letter Monday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers strongly warning against efforts to dredge a deeper channel through San Francisco Bay. The Army Corps’ proposal would result in a 13-mile dredging project designed to make it easier for oil...
Blog Post: February 8, 2019
Dredgers in San Francisco Bay are using outdated dredging methods to keep shipping channels open. As a result, they are harming wetlands and killing endangered fish. The Army Corps of Engineers—which does about 70% of the Bay’s dredging—uses hydraulic technology that vacuums up endangered fish....
Blog Post: July 23, 2018
If you’ve spent time on San Francisco Bay you’ve probably seen dredging in action in the form of large barges scooping up mud from the Bay floor. Dredgers perform an essential function: they clear channels for large ships to keep them from getting stuck in the Bay’s shallow waters. But there’s a...
BK In The News: November 27, 2015
The California State Lands Commission failed to consider potential impacts to public trust resources when it approved a project allowing a company to mine sand from the bottom of San Francisco Bay, a state appellate court said. The Nov. 18 ruling from California's First Appellate District handed...
Monthly Column: August 3, 2015
What if the Bay Area had no beaches where our kids could play, no wetlands protecting our shorelines and no more smelt swimming in our waters?  Every year, millions of cubic feet of sand and mud—enough to fill the Transamerica Building ten times—are dredged up from the floor of San Francisco Bay....
BK In The News: July 3, 2015
The Army Corps of Engineers' dredging of 11 navigation channels in San Francisco Bay will erode the shore and put endangered fish at risk, an environmental group claims in court.  San Francisco Baykeeper seeks writ of mandate compelling the San Francisco Region of the California Regional Water...
Blog Post: July 2, 2015
Baykeeper recently filed a lawsuit to stop methods of dredging in San Francisco Bay that contribute to shoreline erosion and harm endangered fish.  Our lawsuit challenges the Regional Water Quality Control Board’s approval of the next decade of dredging of San Francisco Bay ship channels by the U.S...

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