Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for February 2011

Welcome to San Francisco Baykeeper's February E-News

Help Document Extreme High Tides Around the Bay

High tide at Ferry Building by Jack GreggThe Bay will experience King Tides on February 16, 17 and 18 – extreme high tide events that can provide a preview of the possible impacts of sea level rise caused by climate change. Baykeeper will be documenting water levels around the Bay in order to establish a baseline for comparing future high tides.

Please help expand the effort to document these high tide events by contributing photos of shorelines in your area. Learn more about sea level rise in the Bay and how to contribute your photos.

Mare Island Opens for Ghost Fleet Recycling

Last year, Baykeeper won an agreement from the federal government to clean up the Ghost Fleet of Suisun Bay, a collection of deteriorating ships that has been shedding toxic paint into the Bay for decades. Now, the former naval shipyard on Mare Island has reopened for the first time in fifteen years to recycle some of the ships. Read Contra Costa Times coverage of the first ship dismantling at Mare Island.

Baykeeper advocated for local breakdown of the ships so that the recycling would be held to California's environmental standards, rather than having the ships towed through the Pacific Ocean to places with less stringent pollution controls. We'll continue monitoring the cleanup process as more ships from the Ghost Fleet are finally removed from the Bay.

Read more about Baykeeper's long fight to clean up the Ghost Fleet of Suisun Bay.

America's Cup Comes to San Francisco Bay

America's Cup Boat in the Bay by ChitaniBaykeeper is excited that San Francisco has been chosen to host the 2013 America's Cup, a world-class competitive sailing event that will highlight the scenic beauty of San Francisco Bay. With millions of boaters and spectators expected to visit the Bay over the next several years, the race presents a key opportunity to showcase the Bay Area's commitment to a healthy Bay.

The City must now conduct an environmental impact review of proposed new development along the waterfront, and Baykeeper will be working with the Port of San Francisco, the Army Corps of Engineers and our partner conservation groups to ensure the review takes into account any potential impacts to water quality and wildlife in the Bay.

We'll keep you updated as our work progresses in preparation for the America's Cup.

Join Baykeeper at the Flyway Festival This Saturday

Avocet Pair by Ingrid TaylarStop by Baykeeper's table this Saturday at the 15th Annual San Francisco Flyway Festival on Mare Island in Vallejo. The Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday, offers guided hikes, outings, tours and workshops for birders and wildlife enthusiasts.

Baykeeper will also be at the Northern California Boat Fest at Marina Village Yacht Harbor in Alameda on Saturday, February 26. We hope to see you there!

Visit us online for more information about upcoming events and volunteering with Baykeeper.

Help Fight Invasive Kelp – Volunteer Events This Month

Undaria_removalThis Saturday, February 12, 9 am
Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay

Next Saturday, February 19, 9 am
South Beach Marina in San Francisco

Baykeeper is partnering with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) to fight the invasion of the Asian kelp Undaria pinnatifida, which has spread throughout marinas in San Francisco Bay. Volunteers are needed to identify the invasive kelp at local marinas in order to guide removal efforts.

RSVP to SERC at or call (650) 380-5000. Read more information from SERC about the spread of Undaria in San Francisco Bay.

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Help Document High Tide Around the Bay