Enewsletter for March 2023

Metal shavings embedded in the shoreline
  • Hiding in Plain Sight
  • No Place for a Home
  • Success: State to Restore Protections for Fish
  • Join Baykeeper’s 2023 State of Bay on Thursday
  • Take Action: Keep the San Joaquin River Flowing
  • Volunteer in the Clean Bay Challenge

Hiding in Plain Sight

While kayaking in the Oakland estuary, Baykeeper skipper Jeff Wasserman and his wife Julie made a startling discovery: thousands of metal coils embedded in a stretch of the Alameda shoreline (pictured, above). They reported it to Baykeeper, and we investigated—uncovering a long-forgotten toxic legacy hiding in plain sight. Now, our legal team is compelling the polluters and landowners to clean it up.

No Place for a Home

During the Bay’s recent King Tides (the highest tides of the year), our field team used Osprey the drone to monitor the shoreline. They were surprised to find the site of a proposed new housing development—outlined, below, in red—in Pittsburg under water. It’s an area that’s known to contain legacy contamination from PG&E, too. While it’s critical to address the Bay Area’s housing crisis, Baykeeper put the city on notice that this site is no place for a home.

Flooded site slated for development

Success: State to Restore Protections for Fish

In response to a petition that Baykeeper and our allies filed, the State Water Board reversed a harmful order to waive Bay-Delta water quality standards. “California’s ample winter rains and snowpack should have made it clear to Governor Newsom and his Water Board that there is no drought emergency this year, and that cutting water quality protections for fish and wildlife was not justified to begin with,” Baykeeper Science Director Jon Rosenfield said in a statement to the press.

Join Baykeeper’s 2023 State of Bay on Thursday

Want to learn more about the latest challenges facing San Francisco Bay? Join us online this Thursday, March 16, to learn how Baykeeper’s investigators, scientists, and lawyers are defending San Francisco Bay from recent pollution threats.

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An abandoned boat in a dry riverbed

Take Action to Keep the San Joaquin River Flowing

Last fall, hundreds of Baykeeper supporters urged federal officials to renegotiate unsustainable water contracts that have drained the San Joaquin River dry, decimating salmon populations. And your voices were heard when the agency agreed to renegotiate! But the fight isn’t over yet. Please sign our new petition to increase the pressure on water officials to keep the San Joaquin flowing!

Volunteer in the Clean Bay Challenge

Celebrate Earth Month in our annual Clean Bay Challenge! Volunteers will organize individual cleanups to stop trash before it reaches the Bay. Baykeeper will provide all the guidance you need to conduct a cleanup in your neighborhood, local park, or shoreline. Volunteer today for a healthy San Francisco Bay.