Enewsletter for August 2023

Aerial image of an oil spill sheen in the Bay in Richmond
  • New Chevron Spill Report Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test
  • Judge Rejects Agency’s Attempt to Dodge Accountability
  • Take Action to Prevent Algae Blooms
  • Small but Mighty Music Video Premieres Today!
  • Join Us for Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday 9/23 

We want to take a moment to acknowledge the devastating fires in Lahaina, Maui this past week. Our hearts go out to the families and loved ones of the victims who suffered. And we remain stunned by the new concept of “fire weather,” described as red embers raining down from the sky.

This tragedy demonstrates that no place is safe from the impacts of climate breakdown, and we hope it serves as a wake up call for all of us that we must keep fighting to make our planet safer.

New Chevron Spill Report Doesn’t Pass the Smell Test

A new report from the contractor AcuTech about Chevron’s 2021 oil spill gives the refinery a glowing review.

There’s only one problem.

Chevron’s response was far from effective. And as it turns out, AcuTech had a longstanding relationship with the refinery that may have influenced its report.

The people of Richmond and the Bay deserve better. Click here to learn how to voice your concerns to local agencies before the August 28 comment deadline.

Pictured: Our drone footage from February 2021 of the spreading spill

Chinook salmon swimming underwater

Judge Rejects Agency’s Attempt to Dodge Accountability

For years, the Santa Clara Valley Water District has failed to uphold its legal obligation to protect the fish living in the local creeks and rivers around Santa Clara County. As a result, Chinook salmon and other native fishes have been decimated. So we sued.

Valley Water tried to get our lawsuit thrown out—but the court wasn’t having it. A Superior Court judge recently struck down the water district’s attempt to dismiss our case. Now we’ll move forward holding this agency accountable.

Photo: CA Department of Fish & Wildlife

Red tide at Pt Isabel

Take Action to Prevent Algae Blooms

For two summers in a row, the Bay experienced a toxic red tide of algae. The bloom has died down, but we need your help to prevent future outbreaks.

Wastewater pollution is one of the main drivers of algae growth in the Bay. Take action by urging the Water Board to follow the science and reduce this pollution.

Pictured: Baykeeper drone footage of the algae bloom earlier this month near Point Isabel in Richmond

Small but Mighty Music Video Premieres Today!

Our collaboration with GRAMMY-nominated artist RyanNicole Austin and Hip Hop for Change is heating up with a new music video!

The video of Small but Mighty, which you can now watch on YouTube, encourages local youth, community activists, and hip hop audiences to take action to make it safer to live and play around the Bay.

Join Us for Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday 9/23 

Pitch in to protect San Francisco Bay from trash! Volunteer with Baykeeper for Coastal Cleanup Day, a global day of action to remove trash on beaches and shorelines around the world and around the Bay. 

Join us to stop trash pollution from spoiling beautiful SF Bay at India Basin Shoreline Park in San Francisco on Saturday, September 23.  Register to volunteer today! [Registration for this event is now closed]

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