Enewsletter for October 2023

  • Take Action: Stop Oil Leaks at Hyde Street Pier
  • Reducing Toxic Coal in the Bay & Beyond
  • Housing in all the Wrong Places
  • What California’s New Laws Mean for the Bay
  • Celebrate the Coming Holidays with Rosé for the Bay
  • Special note: Remembering Our Beloved Head Skipper Geoff Potter

Take Action: Stop Oil Leaks at Hyde Street Pier

For years, the Bay around San Francisco’s Hyde Street Pier has been marred by the rainbow sheen of oil—which isn’t surprising because it’s the site of old, deteriorating oil infrastructure.

Now, the responsible agency has proposed a new plan to try to fix the problem. But the cleanup plan is inadequate and won’t stop the oil leaks.

Let the Regional Water Board know it has to do a more comprehensive clean up, and stop oil from leaking into the Bay! [note: this action is now closed.]

Aerial view of the flooded Mowry Village site

Housing in all the Wrong Places

Yet another city wants to build housing on a toxic flood-zone, instead of building safer housing on infill sites, as the experts recommend.

The proposed “Mowry Village” site in Newark lies on a floodplain and is a known toxic site. There could hardly be a worse place for people to live.

Baykeeper joined with community and environmental partners to advocate that Newark fully assesses the site’s pollution, flood, and environmental vulnerabilities. Learn more.

Pictured, above: You are helping us challenge bad development in Newark. The Mowry Village site, seen at high tide, regularly floods and has high levels of toxic waste from an active industrial facility.

Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay at sunrise

What California’s New Laws Mean for the Bay

This past legislative season, Baykeeper supported a number of bills that will help protect the Bay.

These include new laws to restore vital habitat for endangered species, reduce harmful chemicals like mercury and PFAS, improve corporate transparency on greenhouse gas emissions, and more.

Photo by Roberto Soncin Gerometta. With your help, we supported the passage of a number of new laws to protect the Bay.

Bartender pouring Rosé for the Bay into a glass

Celebrate the Coming Holidays with Rosé for the Bay

Every year, Obsidian Wine Co. produces a rosé vintage in honor of Baykeeper—Rosé for the Bay. They donate 100% of the proceeds to support our work, so your purchase helps protect San Francisco Bay.

Crisp and lively, the Rosé for the Bay pairs well with sunny autumn days, Halloween candy, and Thanksgiving turkey. Make sure to order a supply today to get your rosé in time for the holidays!

Click here to purchase Rosé for the Bay (In checkout, look for “How did you hear about us?” and select “SF Baykeeper”)

Special note: Remembering Our Beloved Head Skipper Geoff Potter

We’re sad to report that Geoff Potter, one of Baykeeper’s most dedicated longtime volunteers, passed away peacefully earlier this month.

For 15 years, Geoff Potter (pictured, above, center) helmed the Baykeeper patrol boat as our head skipper. Geoff spent thousands of hours patrolling the Bay and kept the boat in shipshape condition. Geoff’s experience in the Coast Guard and as a ferry captain proved invaluable to Baykeeper when the team tracked down pollution sources all over the Bay.

In fact, he was the Baykeeper skipper who investigated the Cosco Busan oil spill in 2007 when the tanker first hit the Bay Bridge. He helped us raise the alarm about the magnitude of the spill and its widespread impact.

Geoff retired as a skipper in 2018, the same year he received our Blue Rivet Award for his outstanding contribution to Baykeeper’s work.

His steadfastness, warmth, and dedication to the Bay will be sorely missed.

Learn more about Geoff in this 2012 profile.

If you’re so moved, please feel free to reply to this email to send us a note with your condolences or make a gift for the boat program in Geoff’s memory, and we’ll be sure to pass along your thoughtful remembrance to his family.

Photo: Baykeeper Skippers Bob Wertz, Geoff Potter, and Robert Fairbank