Latest Baykeeper News and Information

Blog Post: January 8, 2020
The nightmare began several years ago with a dream of turning a 95-year-old former war vessel into a floating luxury restaurant. But the dream was never realized. The owner abandoned the boat, the Sherman, in 2017 and left it to rot at Vallejo’s municipal dock—leaving the city stuck with a mess. ...
BK In The News: January 8, 2020
... Farther upstream, the Bureau of Reclamation is required to maintain flows of cold water... "But almost every year, the Bureau of Reclamation asks the Water Board to modify that rule, and the Water Board rubber stamps that request," said Jon Rosenfield, a scientist with the watchdog group San...
BK In The News: January 7, 2020
Section 313 of the Clean Water Act (CWA) directs that states must develop total maximum daily loads (TMDLs) for water bodies that are impaired by pollutants or conditions... In its opinion, the panel relies on its understanding of the constructive submission doctrine, which the 9th Circuit adopted...
BK In The News: January 6, 2020
Three Marin County sewage treatment plants are being fined a total of $39,000 by the California Regional Water Quality Control Board for exceeding limits for discharging effluents into San Francisco Bay... Ian Wren, a staff scientist with San Francisco Baykeeper, a nonprofit environmental advocacy...
Monthly Column: January 2, 2020
I’ve heard locals describe a film of black dust on cars, windowsills, and playground structures in the city of Richmond. Sadly, it’s often coal dust. And it’s toxic—linked to asthma, heart disease, and other illnesses.   When it rains, that toxic dust can get washed and blown into San Francisco...
BK In The News: December 22, 2019
Harbingers of a diminishing ecosystem, the smelt are almost extinct... “The problem is, while they’re going through that system of canals, or waiting in a truck, they’re exposed to all these other fish, all these predators that are happily snacking on them the whole time,” says Jon Rosenfield, a...
BK In The News: December 16, 2019
Environmentalists sued a San Francisco Bay Area city Monday to stop the construction of a luxury apartment complex in an area comprised of sensitive wetlands susceptible to a rising sea... A consortium of environmental groups, including the Sierra Club, the Audubon Society and the San Francisco...
Blog Post: December 12, 2019
Baykeeper Field Investigator Cole Burchiel is busy planning for our annual aerial survey of the King Tides in the Bay. These extra-high tides occur every year when the earth's orbit aligns at its closest point to the sun and moon, resulting in extra gravitational pull. This natural phenomenon isn't...
E News: December 12, 2019
Preventing a toxic wave of industrial pollution, investigating pollution by land and water, and more...
Blog Post: December 11, 2019
The Bay Area’s only active coal terminal moves more than a million tons of coal through Richmond every year, releasing toxic coal dust into nearby neighborhoods and San Francisco Bay. Coal dust causes asthma and other diseases in people, and it contains metals and other pollutants that harm...

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