Baykeeper Updates Related to Hotline Investigations

Blog Post: November 19, 2020
Last fall, paddlers at Berkeley’s Aquatic Park noticed something wrong.  The water had become cloudy and oily, the normally plentiful fish and birds were nowhere to be seen, and the water level was unusually high. The area was also exuding a nasty, pungent smell. Baykeeper received messages...
BK In The News: July 7, 2020
Many official Fourth of July celebrations in the Bay Area were canceled this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.... In addition to the city, Oaklanders can also contact the non-profit organization SF Baykeeper at 1-800-Keep-Bay. The Oakland-based watchdog organization works to maintain good water...
Blog Post: February 7, 2020
Our Field Investigator, Cole, recently received an unusual report to our pollution hotline: a tipster claimed that after concerts and basketball games, cleanup crews around Chase Center were washing debris like trash and confetti straight into storm drains that lead to San Francisco Bay. Chase...
Featured Stories: July 3, 2019
Fireworks can cause significant pollution. They are often set off over water, because setting them off over land creates a risk of fire. (Some communities ban them over lakes used as drinking water sources because of pollution concerns.) After two Super Bowl fireworks shows over San Francisco Bay...
Blog Post: April 9, 2019
In Oakland’s Montclair area, a Baykeeper Pollution Hotline tipster spotted thick, muddy sludge running off a hillside construction site. She reported to us that the sludge was running into a storm drain that flows directly into Sausal Creek.  Sausal Creek flows to the Oakland Estuary and San...
BK In The News: October 12, 2018
One early morning in 2016, San Francisco Baykeeper’s pollution hotline began ringing frantically. Concerned swimmers and beachgoers reported trash littering the shoreline and wanted to know what could be done. Our field investigator monitored the area during one of our regular boat patrols, and our...
Monthly Column: July 6, 2016
All around San Francisco Bay during Fourth of July celebrations, brightly colored fireworks light up the night sky. It’s a fun tradition. But how much does the rockets’ red glare pollute the Bay? Fireworks are often set off over water, because setting them off over land creates a risk of fire....
Blog Post: February 18, 2016
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. The reports—from a Baykeeper board member, swimmers at the San Francisco-based Dolphin Club, and cleanup volunteers from the...
BK In The News: February 16, 2016
For the third time, coastal volunteers have gone to clean up San Francisco’s Aquatic Park after the Super Bowl fireworks show. And for the third time, they’ve come back with piles of plastic, junk and remnants of two pyrotechnics shows. . . San Francisco Baykeeper Executive Director Sejal Choksi-...
BK In The News: February 11, 2016
State officials are mulling whether to require new permits for firework companies after pyrotechnic debris washed up on parts of San Francisco’s shoreline after two Super Bowl shows. . .  In the wake of the cleanup efforts, San Francisco Baykeeper is now urging regional water agency officials to...

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