Baykeeper Updates Related to Wetland Protection

BK In The News: March 1, 2021
The Biden administration has sided with environmentalists in their long-running battle with Cargill Salt over whether an expansive property on the shoreline of San Francisco Bay in Redwood City can be developed. In the latest chapter of a saga that has played out for 12 years with potentially...
BK In The News: February 28, 2021
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday abandoned its appeal of a federal judge’s ruling last year that a sprawling collection of Redwood City salt ponds is protected from development under provisions of the Clean Water Act. The move brings to an end the federal government’s attempts —...
BK In The News: February 25, 2021
The possibility of ever putting 8,000 to 12,000 homes on the salt ponds east of Redwood City appeared to die today when the Biden administration’s Environmental Protection Agency declared the area is protected under the Clean Water Act. The decision reversed the stance of the Trump administration,...
BK In The News: February 25, 2021
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it won't appeal a federal court decision tossing its finding that San Francisco area salt ponds aren't subject to the Clean Water Act, which opponents charged would let developers bypass regulation. The EPA's decision comes months after a...
BK In The News: February 8, 2021
Environmentalist groups aiming to stop a major controversial housing development at the edge of Newark’s wetlands are appealing an Alameda County court decision that would allow the project to go forward... The two groups that sued the city, along with Sierra Club San Francisco Bay Chapter,...
Blog Post: January 19, 2021
One of the biggest opportunities to protect and restore San Francisco Bay wetlands and wildlife is at risk of being lost forever. The City of Newark has approved a development project to pave over hundreds of acres of open space adjacent to the Don Edwards SF Bay National Wildlife Refuge, trucking...
BK In The News: December 15, 2020
... Staff attorney Nicole Sasaki welcomed Judge Mueller’s decision: “The violations on Point Buckler Island were both brazen and unapologetic, and inflicted severe damage on 30 acres of wetland.” She also commented on the role of the federal agencies: “It is heartening that EPA and DOJ diligently...
Blog Post: November 12, 2019
A development company has a shocking new plan to fill one of San Francisco Bay's few remaining wetland areas, right on the Bay shoreline in Newark. Wetlands and tidal marshes are becoming more valuable with each passing day. That's because the Bay Area is facing regionwide sea level rise. And...
BK In The News: March 25, 2019
When grower Brad Goehring looks across his rows of grapes, he can’t help but see a pool of murky water that breaks the rhythm of his vines, which otherwise stretch steadily into the Sierra foothills... “It’s not just academic,” said Erica Maharg, managing attorney for San Francisco Baykeeper,...
Blog Post: March 15, 2019
It just got a lot easier for the Cargill corporation to pave over San Francisco Bay wetlands to build offices, condos, and strip malls. At Cargill’s request, Trump’s EPA recently issued a decision that former South Bay wetlands aren’t covered by the Clean Water Act. That’s where the multi-national...

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