ENEWSLETTER FOR APRIL 2024

Sewage warning sign along the Bay shoreline
  • One Step Closer to Protecting White Sturgeon
  • Baykeeper and Allies Rally Against SFPUC
  • Water Projects Are Killing Thousands of Endangered Fish
  • The Winners of the Small But Mighty Remix Contest
  • Defend the Bay From Trash in Our Clean Bay Challenge
  • Support the Bay—with Rosé!

Reducing East Bay Sewage Pollution

Baykeeper has been working for decades to protect the Bay from sewage spills. Over the years, we’ve taken legal action to secure sewer system upgrades to reduce sewage pollution. 

But EBMUD and several East Bay cities recently failed to prevent avoidable sewage spills—so EPA and Baykeeper are holding them accountable under our settlement agreement. East Bay wastewater agencies will now have to do better to protect surrounding communities and the Bay from sewage pollution.

Illustration of a white sturgeon on off white gray background

One Step Closer to Protecting White Sturgeon

The Bay’s white sturgeon is in trouble—which is why we’ve been fighting to get this ancient fish the protections it needs under the state Endangered Species Act.

And last week we scored a new win: the California Department of Fish & Wildlife agreed that there is substantial evidence that this iconic fish requires action. 

Now it’s up to the CA Fish & Game Commission to see the process through. If you haven’t already, please sign our action alert urging the commissioners to protect white sturgeon!

Illustration by Fiorella Ikeue in collaboration with Baykeeper

Baykeeper attorney Eric Buescher speaking with a sign in the background that reads"save our irreplaceable salmon"

Baykeeper and Allies Rally Against SFPUC

Hoarding water, driving salmon closer to extinction, dumping millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Bay, and threatening the health of the Bay and the communities who depend on it. There are many reasons to take issue with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and the way it mismanages our Bay’s waters. 

That’s why this week Baykeeper joined a coalition of allies to raise awareness and ask San Francisco to do better. 

Pictured: Baykeeper managing attorney Eric Buescher speaking at City Hall on Tuesday

Water Projects Are Killing Thousands of Endangered Fish

A single juvenile Chinook salmon

State and federal water pumping projects are killing thousands of endangered Chinook salmon and steelhead trout—and we’re calling on the agencies to stop excessive pumping.

Baykeeper science director Jon Rosenfield told CBS News, with all the rain this year, “this is an opportunity to let them have a good year and, instead, [the pumping projects] are killing them.”

Underscoring the problem, pacific fishery managers voted last week to cancel coastal salmon fishing for the second year in a row.

Illustration of a juvenile Chinook salmon by Fiorella Ikeue in collaboration with Baykeeper

The Winners of the Small But Mighty Remix Contest

Small But Mighty Remix Contest Winner Mani Draper

Last month, we announced an exciting new challenge with our partners at Hip Hop for Change: a contest to remix RyanNicole’s powerful environmental justice anthem inspired by Baykeeper, Small But Mighty.

This Earth Day, Hip Hop for Change unveiled the winners of the contest: First place went to Mani Draper, with a close second for Prama Musik, and honorable mention for Awkwa Vision.

Click here to listen to clips of the winning remixes on Instagram!

Defend the Bay From Trash in Our Clean Bay Challenge

United cleanup volunteers waving along the Bay shoreline

This Earth Month, you can make a difference for the Bay and wildlife by picking up trash in your area! Join our 2024 Clean Bay Challenge to reduce trash in our shorelines, parks, and city streets.

We’ll provide all the guidance you need to conduct a cleanup in your neighborhood.

Registration is free! Volunteer today for the Clean Bay Challenge.

Support the Bay—with Rosé!

Bottle of rosé and bowl of oysters with Bay in the background

The Obsidian Wine Co. Rosé for the Bay—crafted in Baykeeper’s honor—is a delightfully crisp rosé perfect for spring and summer. And, even better, 100% of proceeds from the rosé support the Bay!

For Earth Month, Obsidian is offering special $1 shipping on a case.

In checkout, look for “How did you hear about us?” and select “SF Baykeeper.”