Latest Baykeeper News and Information

BK In The News: January 15, 2020
Community and Environmental Groups and Residents Applaud Council for Protecting Local Public Health   Contact: April Thomas, Sierra Club, april.thomas@sierraclub.org, 206-321-3850 Ben Eichenberg, Baykeeper, ben@baykeeper.org, 510-735-9700 x105   Richmond, Calif. — Last night, the Richmond...
Blog Post: January 13, 2020
Fisheries are collapsing. Salmon runs are dwindling. Endangered species are rapidly approaching extinction. And drinking water is unsafe in some of California’s most disadvantaged communities.   The fresh water that flows from the Sierras, through the Central Valley, the Delta, and into San...
BK In The News: January 10, 2020
The Richmond, CA City Council has a big decision to make next week... At least some of these measures stem from a 2012 lawsuit and resulting agreement with the San Francisco Baykeeper, which advocates for the health of the Bay.
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...

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