Latest Baykeeper News and Information

BK In The News: February 11, 2020
A Bay Area environmental group has sued the cities of Sunnyvale and Mountain View, saying they are in violation of the federal Clean Water Act for discharging raw sewage and polluted storm water into creeks, sending bacteria pollution to levels more than 50 times legal limits. The group, San...
BK In The News: February 10, 2020
It’s the largest estuary on the North America’s West Coast, supporting a vast network of natural habitat and a multibillion-dollar economy, but the San Francisco Bay Estuary is not receiving the federal funding it deserves for its restoration... Ian Wren, a staff scientist with San Francisco...
Blog Post: February 8, 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...
BK In The News: February 8, 2020
State water regulators have issued a more than $400,000 fine against a Sonoma County water agency over the release of more than two million gallons of sewage... "The fine sends the message to other Bay Area wastewater agencies that they need to be proactive about taking steps to prevent spills of...
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...
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....
BK In The News: February 5, 2020
Two months ago, Gov. Gavin Newsom seemed poised to file yet another suit against President Donald Trump — this time, over a federal plan to pump more water to Trump’s farming allies in the San Joaquin Valley... “This is a bear hug of the Trump administration extinction plan by the Newsom...
Blog Post: February 4, 2020
Future sea level rise poses a major threat to Alameda, a low-lying island in San Francisco Bay. Alameda’s shoreline neighborhoods will face a high risk of flooding, and rising tides could wash pollution into the Bay from contaminated shoreline sites. That’s why Baykeeper advocated for the Alameda...
BK In The News: February 4, 2020
This guest commentary was written by Julie Zimmerman, Jeanette Howard, Jon Rosenfield, and Rene Henery in response to The Final Demise of Unimpaired Flows, guest commentary by Robert Shibatani... As river ecologists that work on environmental flows, we’re often confused by the strong reactions we...
Monthly Column: February 1, 2020
On January 10-12, high tides in San Francisco Bay washed up onto the shoreline of a large former pharmaceutical company in Richmond. A few hours later, the outgoing tide pulled contamination—including pesticides, toxic chemicals, and radioactive waste—off the industrial land and into the Bay. ...

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