When Baykeeper settles our Clean Water Act lawsuits with polluters, the polluters are required to make mitigation payments to help repair the damage to the ecosystem from their past pollution. These payments are used to provide grants to other nonprofit science, environmental, and community organizations working to protect and restore the San Francisco Bay watershed.
Over our 28-year history, Baykeeper has generated more than $10 million in funding for projects that are creating a healthier San Francisco Bay. During 2016-2017, Baykeeper’s successful legal settlements provided a total of $230,121.52 for the following projects:
Community Science Institute - $18,000
To support investigation and documentation of air pollution from Bay Area metal finishing facilities that affects San Francisco Bay, and advocacy for greater safety measures in neighborhoods near refineries and within the potential blast zones from oil train derailments.
East Bay Academy for Young Scientists - $5,850
To support a program that trains East Oakland youth in water quality monitoring and habitat restoration along Oakland’s Courtland and Peralta Creeks.
Friends of Pinole Creek Watershed - $500
To support design of a Pinole Creek access map highlighting Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant trails and engage volunteers in stewardship projects that emphasize the watershed’s ecological and cultural connections.
Friends of Sausal Creek - $11,000
To support the building of a coalition of Sausal Creek stewards in the Fruitvale district of Oakland and the development of pilot riparian restoration and public access projects.
Friends of Willow Creek of Sausalito - $4,500
To support restoration of habitat in the upper reach of the Willow Creek and create an integrated outdoor learning environment where students and teachers engage in hands-on watershed improvement projects.
Grassroots Ecology - $1,350
To support engagement of youth and adults in watershed stewardship and education programs in East Palo Alto and Redwood City to protect and improve riparian and San Francisco Bay wetlands habitat, prevent water pollution, and enhance water conservation.
Guadalupe River Park Conservancy - $25,400
To support purchase of equipment to expand ongoing cleanup of the Guadalupe River.
Keep Coyote Creek Beautiful - $60,000
To support projects to clean up and restore Coyote Creek.
Parents for a Safer Environment - $3,000
To support community education and empowerment toward least-toxic maintenance and pest-control practices by public agencies, and training of maintenance and landscape professionals to reduce and eliminate the use of toxic chemicals at schools, in parks, and on public lands.
San Jose Bike Party - $12,021.52
To support a cleanup project along the Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek.
Santa Clara County Clean Creek Coalition - $20,000
To support community education and engagement of local communities in removal of trash from Coyote Creek.
Sierra Nevada Alliance - $2,500
To support a conference for Sierra Nevada-area conservationists, community members, and government leaders on the preservation San Francisco Bay’s upper watershed.
South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition - $20,000
To support organized volunteer cleanups of San Francisco Bay watershed areas.
United Anglers of Casa Grande - $18,000
To support management of the only fish hatchery in the nation located on a school site, and student participation in a collaborative effort to restore endangered native Coho salmon and threatened steelhead fish populations in Sonoma County creeks.
Urban Tilth - $25,000
To support the training of young people from West Contra Costa County to become stewards of their watersheds, communities, and the creeks that run through them, including Wildcat Creek and San Pablo Creek.
Watershed Alliance of Marin - $3,000
To support work to protect and restore Marin County’s watersheds and native wildlife.