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Sejal Choksi-Chugh

 

Reflections and updates about the Bay from San Francisco Baykeeper Executive Director Sejal Choksi-Chugh

Every year, 7 trillion tiny pieces of plastic—microplastics—flow into San Francisco Bay. Once these tiny pieces are in the water, they never go away. They just break into smaller and smaller...

The Trump administration has reached a new low in its assault on clean water.  Trump's Environmental Protection Agency is claiming that Bay water isn’t water.  The agency recently...

Once-through cooling. For decades, power plants along the San Francisco, Pittsburg, and Antioch shorelines used this technology.  Powerful pumps sucked Bay water into local power plants,...

Our children’s San Francisco Bay could be much bleaker than the beautiful Bay we all know and love today.  Within their lifetimes, rising water might flood toxic hotspots, industrial...

If you’re a swimmer, kayaker, stand-up paddle boarder, boater—or someone who simply loves San Francisco Bay—you’re invited to be part of the 6th annual Bay Parade.  This event is a once-a-...

As the dust settles from the whirlwind transition of the California governor’s office, it’s a relief that the new statehouse has squashed the Delta tunnels water project.  The proposal for...

A new proposal by the Trump administration poses a big threat to San Francisco Bay and to local drinking water.  If it’s adopted, the rule would erase Clean Water Act protections for streams...

Three decades ago, media reports warned that San Francisco Bay was dying.  Anti-pollution laws were not being enforced. Polluters were dumping waste into the Bay with no fear of detection....

One day in 2011, Baykeeper staff was on a regular patrol of San Francisco Bay in our boat—when we came across something awful. A shipping terminal on the Richmond shoreline had placed huge,...

I try hard to understand the mindset of the people who decided to build dirty, dangerous oil refineries on the gorgeous San Francisco Bay shoreline. Back 50-100 years ago, the Bay represented a...

I’m not a fan of my morning alarm disrupting my cozy slumber. But to be on time and prepared for my busy day, I need that wake-up call, no matter how jarring.  I write this with similar mixed...

A multinational corporation is mining sand from the bottom of San Francisco Bay and selling it for a profit. But the Bay’s sand belongs to you and me. And taking sand out of the Bay harms Dungeness...

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