Enewsletter for July 2023

Petcoke spill in the water at the Port of Benicia
  • Report Petcoke Pollution in the Bay
  • Oakland Coal Battle Heats Up
  • The Dirty Business of Recycling
  • Rallying for Water Justice & Salmon in Sacramento
  • Chilled Rosé for the Bay Sound Appealing?

Report Petcoke Pollution in the Bay

Baykeeper’s field investigators recently documented toxic petroleum coke in the Bay from the Port of Benicia. So we sued the responsible companies. But new reports indicate that they’re still spilling petcoke into the Bay.

We need your help keeping an eye on these polluters.

Pet coke at the Port of BeniciaIf you live in Benicia and are concerned about this pollution, please help us monitor the Port of Benicia and report signs of petcoke pollution, like the black streaks pictured here.

Pictured: Baykeeper drone image of pollution at the Port of Benicia

"Keep Coal Out of Oakland" yard sign image with Port of Oakland in the background

Oakland Coal Battle Heats Up

A trial began last week between the city of Oakland and developers who want to build a massive coal export facility in West Oakland. Toxic coal threatens the health of residents and San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper and our allies have been fighting this project for years, and we’re hopeful that justice will prevail in this latest battle.

Are you an Oakland resident? Oppose coal with this yard sign from our friends at No Coal in Oakland.

Plus, join No Coal in Oakland’s rally on July 22!

Graphic by Dani Zacky, Sierra Club

Piles of recycled materials in bags

The Dirty Business of Recycling

It’s a cruel irony that recycling can be harmful to the environment. Tri-CED in Union City is a case in point: when we first assessed their recycling facility, their runoff had some of the worst pollution levels in the region.

But unlike a lot of other polluters, Tri-CED is a community nonprofit that’s trying to do the right thing. So when we reached out to the company, they immediately took action to clean up their pollution.  

Photo: Nick Fewings

Gary Mulcahy, government liaison for the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, speaking at the Day of Action in July 2023

Rallying for Water Justice & Salmon in Sacramento

On July 5, a coalition of Tribal representatives, fishing businesses, and community and environmental advocates rallied in Sacramento with a message for Governor Newsom: California’s water management system is unjust and unsustainable. 

Speaking at the rally, Baykeeper science director Jon Rosenfield said: “The Bay’s fish and wildlife, and the communities that depend on them, cannot survive much more of Governor Newsom’s status quo.”

Read more about the Day of Action from KQED News.

Pictured: Gary Mulcahy, government liaison for the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, speaking at the Day of Action. Photo: Tim Daw Photography.

Get Your Rosé for a Healthy San Francisco Bay

Are you in need of a refreshing summer pour that also defends San Francisco Bay? Look no further! Every year, Obsidian Wine Co. creates a special wine for Baykeeper, the Rosé for the Bay, with 100 percent of proceeds going to support our work.     

Click here to order the 2022 Rosé for the Bay before it’s gone! In checkout, look for “How did you hear about us?” and select “SF Baykeeper”

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

Photo: Hog Island Oyster Co.