INVESTIGATING POLLUTION
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INVESTIGATING POLLUTION
Photo: Baykeeper
INVESTIGATING POLLUTION
Photo: Baykeeper
INVESTIGATING POLLUTION
Photo: Baykeeper
INVESTIGATING POLLUTION
Photo: Baykeeper

Investigating Pollution

Baykeeper patrols the Bay and investigates pollution

Baykeeper is the only organization that patrols San Francisco Bay to investigate and stop pollution.

We regularly patrol the Bay on the Baykeeper boat, and by plane, kayak, and with our drone, Osprey. Our scientists identify threats to the Bay and gather evidence of pollution and investigate tips from the public to our Pollution Hotline.

And when we find pollution, our advocates and lawyers take action to hold the polluters accountable and stop them from harming the Bay and the people of the Bay Area.

Learn more about our skippers and the Baykeeper boat

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Report Pollution to Baykeeper

Report Pollution

You can reach Baykeeper's pollution hotline at 1-800-KEEP-BAY, email us at hotline@baykeeper.org, or fill out the form below to submit a confidential pollution tip.

Please include the observed time and date, location, and description of the event.

Photos and other documentation are very helpful when following up on pollution tips. If you have any files you'd like to provide please include images in gif, jpg, or png format. You can also provide PDF or doc (Word) files. 

Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png pdf doc docx.

 

Before submitting, please review our pollution hotline confidentiality policy.

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