Photo: Peter Thoeny

Our results

Winning for San Francisco Bay and its watershed

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

Over the past thirty years we've logged tens of thousands of hours patrolling the Bay for pollution violations—and we're the only ones who do it. We've won hundreds of legal actions to protect the Bay from polluters, and mapped its shoreline to prepare for climate-driven sea level rise. We compelled the US Navy to clean up its toxic, decommissioned fleet in Suisun Bay. Our legal settlements with both government and commercial polluters have generated hundreds of millions of dollars for Bay protection.

Below are highlights of our recent successes.

The Dirty Business of Recycling

It’s a cruel irony that the process of recycling plastic, cardboard, metals, and other materials can be harmful to the environment. Recycling facilities are often covered in contaminants—...

Fifty Legal Wins to Hold Industrial Polluters Accountable

Across the region, industrial facilities illegally pollute the Bay with stormwater runoff containing high concentrations of toxic contaminants like lead, chromium, copper, and oil. With the help...

Hiding in Plain Sight

A few years ago, Baykeeper skipper Jeff Wasserman and his wife Julie were kayaking along the Alameda shoreline on a lazy Saturday afternoon when they noticed something glittering in the embankment....

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