Creating Climate Resilience

Baykeeper helps the Bay Area become more resilient to sea level rise, plan for climate variability, and reduce our cities’ carbon footprint.

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ShoreView

For more about how the Bay Area can meet the huge challenge of sea level rise in San Francisco Bay, visit our ShoreView site.

ShoreView is a Google Impact Challenge Grant project. It includes Street View-style images of the Bay shoreline, plus maps of toxic industrial sites around the Bay and of shoreline areas at risk of being underwater.

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Tell the Department of Toxic Substances Control to Clean up the Bay’s Toxic Sites

There are thousands of toxic sites across California—and many of them pose a direct threat to public health and the environment. More than a thousand of those toxic hotspots are right here along the Bay shoreline. Pollution from these sites contaminates the soil and water in many frontline communities, which face the additional risk of flooding from rising sea levels.

If we don’t act soon, flooding from surface water and groundwater will spread hazardous chemicals throughout the Bay and Bay Area neighborhoods.

But for decades the agency tasked with protecting Californians and the environment from toxic pollution has failed to take sufficient action. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has repeatedly fallen short of cleaning up hazardous waste sites to adequate standards, including sites under consideration for housing. And the agency has so far ignored calls to identify and prioritize sites most vulnerable to rising waters.

You can help. Please sign our letter to urge DTSC Director Meredith Williams to improve the agency’s priorities. We’re asking DTSC to more thoroughly clean up toxic sites and make sure the cleanups themselves are safe for neighboring communities. DTSC should also prioritize accounting for both sea level and groundwater rise in its shoreline cleanup plans.

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