Baykeeper Updates Related to Urban Storm Water

BK In The News: February 6, 2020
San Francisco Baykeeper is suing two California cities in federal district court for alleged violations of their Clean Water Act (CWA) municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits by allowing discharges of bacteria pollution into numerous local waterways including South San Francisco Bay....
Blog Post: February 6, 2020
Baykeeper’s field team has been busy investigating the causes of pollution to South Bay creeks and rivers that feed into San Francisco Bay. During the last few rainy seasons, our scientists spent many weeks scrambling down hillsides and wading into mud to collect water samples from storm drain...
Blog Post: April 15, 2019
Bay Area roadways, as we’ve all seen firsthand, are heavily littered with trash. And most of the trash you see along the highway is headed right for San Francisco Bay. That’s because Caltrans, the agency responsible for keeping freeways and highways clean, has been failing to do their job. Caltrans...
Blog Post: October 10, 2018
San Jose’s creeks and rivers have some of the worst trash and bacteria pollution in the Bay Area. When Baykeeper first discovered the city’s high pollution levels several years ago, San Jose was not addressing the root causes related to their faulty storm water system. Our Staff Scientist...
BK In The News: January 20, 2018
MARTINEZ (KPIX) — Kelly O’Connell had no idea there was a large county storm drain pipe running under her property – until it started disintegrating. Water from the leaking pipe has left cracks and a sinkhole in her Pacheco backyard, and the ground around it is mushy... Ian Wren, a staff scientist...
Featured Stories: August 31, 2016
In a breakthrough victory to protect San Francisco Bay from polluted runoff, Baykeeper secured a legally binding agreement requiring the city of San Jose to keep trash, sewage, and other pollution out of San Francisco Bay.   This is major progress and far beyond what San Jose was doing. In fact, it...
BK In The News: June 16, 2016
San Jose must reduce the pollutants discharged into surrounding waterways as part of a $100 million settlement with San Francisco Baykeeper. . . Baykeeper staff Attorney Erica Maharg said the legal agreement "sets up San Jose as a model for how municipalities control stormwater pollution while...
Press Release: June 15, 2016
Oakland and San José, Calif. - Today, San Francisco Baykeeper and the City of San José announced a legal agreement to make the Bay Area’s largest city a greener one. As part of the agreement, San José has committed to make significant future environmental investments by implementing more stormwater...
BK In The News: June 14, 2016
Settling a major lawsuit from Baykeeper, San Jose city officials on Tuesday agreed to spend more than $100 million over the next decade and beyond to reduce tons of trash that flows into creeks and San Francisco Bay, repair miles of cracked, leaking underground sewage pipes and clean storm water...
Blog Post: January 4, 2016
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...

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