Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for January 13, 2009

Big Win for Controlling Pesticides in Waterways

pesticidesOn January 7, Baykeeper won an important court victory to protect creeks, rivers, fish and wildlife nationwide from pesticide spraying in waterways. In a landmark decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with Baykeeper that pesticides sprayed into waterways are pollutants and harmful to the environment. The ruling requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to apply Clean Water Act oversight and protections to aquatic pesticide spraying. Read more about our victory to protect waterways across the nation from the harmful spraying of pesticides.

Take Action if You Find a Sick Pelican

pelicanIn the last month, hundreds of sick and disoriented brown pelicans have been discovered along the West Coast from Southern California to Oregon. Researchers are still trying to determine the exact cause of the widespread and mysterious illness.

If you encounter a sick, disoriented or dead pelican, please call the California Wildlife Hotline at 866-WILD-911. Read more about the sudden illness of pelicans on the West Coast.

Grand Canyon IMAX Movie Coming to San Jose

If you missed Baykeeper's benefit screening of Grand Canyon Adventure: River At Risk, you can see it for yourself starting January 16 at The Tech Museum in San Jose. Grand Canyon Adventure: River At Risk features Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chairman of the national Waterkeeper Alliance and lifelong clean water activist, taking a whitewater rafting trip down the Colorado River to tell a story of how ordinary people can make a difference in protecting our nation’s waterways. Purchase tickets.

Thank You Baykeeper Supporters

Thank you to everyone who renewed your support of San Francisco Baykeeper in December, and a big welcome to everyone who has joined us for the first time. Your support means so much to everyone on staff here at Baykeeper – even in tough economic times, you're making sure we can keep up our efforts to restore San Francisco Bay to a vibrant estuary and protect our birds, fish, seals and sea lions from pollution. We couldn't do it without your help!

Baykeeper will continue to tackle the biggest pollution threats to San Francisco Bay in 2009. If you haven't yet joined our efforts, please make a donation today and help propel us into another year of protecting the Bay.