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Our results

Winning for San Francisco Bay

Baykeeper has been keeping an eye on San Francisco Bay and holding polluters accountable since 1989.

Over the past thirty years we've logged over 15,000 hours on the water, as the only people who regularly patrol the Bay for pollution violations. We've won nearly 300 legal actions to protect the Bay from polluters, and mapped 300 miles of shoreline to prepare for climate-driven sea level rise. We got the navy to clean up its toxic fleet of decommissioned ships in Suisun Bay, and our legal settlements with both government and commercial polluters have generated well over $120 million for Bay protection.

Below are highlights of our recent succeses.   

Holding Polluters Accountable

Polluters don’t like getting caught. They get defensive—even when our field team catches them red-handed with photos and water sampling results demonstrating serious pollution violations. After we...

Do Fireworks Pollute the Bay?

Fireworks can cause significant pollution. They are often set off over water, because setting them off over land creates a risk of fire. (Some communities ban them over lakes used as drinking water...

Nothing Fluffy About Auto Fluff

What do you think would happen if you took a giant chainsaw to an SUV? If you imagined metal shards and particles of plastic and foam flying in every direction, you wouldn’t be far off! The...

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