Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for July 2011

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E-News Update for July 2011
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Victory: San Bruno Agrees to Reduce Sewage Spills to the Bay

VictoryLast week, the City of San Bruno agreed to a plan to help stop its recurring sewage spills to San Francisco Bay and its tributaries.

Under the City's agreement with Baykeeper, San Bruno will reduce sewage spills over a ten-year period and improve its maintenance practices and repair of aging sewage pipes. The City will also fund a grant program to assist homeowners in replacing broken private sewage lines.

We are also excited to announce that the settlement will fund a grant of $95,000 to the Marine Mammal Center, as well as a $50,000 grant to fund restoration and conservation projects undertaken by other Bay-focused nonprofits.

Read more about Baykeeper's recent victory to reduce sewage spills to the Bay.

Action Alert: Help Defeat Bill that Weakens the Clean Water Act

HR2018The U.S. House of Representatives is considering new legislation that would drastically weaken the power of the Clean Water Act to protect waterways from pollution.

Industry-backed members of Congress are attacking fundamental pollution protections for U.S. waterways. H.R. 2018 would eliminate the power of the Environmental Protection Agency to oversee state water quality standards, allowing states to pass weaker regulations on pollution sources like mountaintop removal mining, sewage treatment plants, industrial facilities and many others.

Please take action to help defeat this bill complete this form to urge your U.S. Representative to stand up for the Clean Water Act and vote no on H.R. 2018.


Debate Heats Up on Senate Pesticides Bill

pesticidesprayAs you know, Baykeeper has been working to oppose a bill in the U.S. Congress that would exempt aquatic pesticide spraying from the Clean Water Act.

The Senate Agricultural Committee passed the bill, so it is now before the full Senate. Last week, however, California Senator Barbara Boxer put a hold on the bill so that it can't go any further without her agreement or unless the bill is amended. Baykeeper is pleased to see Senator Boxer standing up against this bill. Thank you to all our members who spoke up for clean waterways around the country.

More action may be needed soon. We'll continue following the debate and keep you informed.

Run for the West Bay Sanitation District Board

If you live in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto or Woodside, you can make a real difference in the health of the Bay by running for the West Bay Sanitary District Board of Directors this November.

The West Bay Sanitary District has violated the Clean Water Act at least 21 times in the past five years, spilling tens of thousands of gallons of raw sewage into San Francisquito Creek and other local streams – all while sitting on $14 million in sewer fees and avoiding necessary repairs. Run for the Board and stand up for better accountability and a healthy watershed.

You must file to be a candidate between July 18 and August 12. Read San Mateo County's guidelines for running for office.

Get Great Green Deals While Supporting Baykeeper

GreenBoxTopWe've got some great new ways to support a healthy Bay and buy green. Shop with our partners Green Box Top and Buffalo Exchange and help protect the Bay!

Green Box Top is a group deal website that features bargains on local eco-friendly, sustainable and wellness-focused offerings. Purchase a deal from Green Box Top in July, and a percentage of each sale will be donated to San Francisco Baykeeper!

And bring your own shopping bag to recycled-clothing retailer Buffalo Exchange's Mission Street location through December. Baykeeper is one of their featured charities and you can donate 5 cents to us when you use your own bag.

Now, go get some deals and support the Bay!

Swim for the Bay – Join the TransBay Relay Swim on September 10

TransBay RelayTake the cross-Bay plunge! On September 10, join Baykeeper for the second annual TransBay Relay benefit swim for San Francisco Bay.

The TransBay Relay is 9-mile swim from the Golden Gate to the East Bay. Swimmers may participate on a relay team or as a solo swimmer. Registration cost is $100; each swimmer is asked to raise an additional $300 for Baykeeper. Learn more and register for the TransBay Relay.

Volunteer Opportunity: Help Fight Invasive Kelp

Undaria VolunteersHelp combat invasive kelp in local waterways by volunteering with Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) at upcoming removal events in July and August.

And, if you're a boater, please keep an eye out for this invader at local marinas and report suspected sightings to SERC. Contact them at or call (415) 435-3528. Read more information from SERC about the spread of Undaria in San Francisco Bay.

Pillar Point Harbor in Half Moon Bay
Saturday, July 23 at 9 AM
Saturday, August 6 at 9 AM

San Francisco Marina (Gas House Cove)
Friday, July 22 at 9 AM
Thursday, August 11 at 9 AM

Victory Against Sewage in San Bruno, Stand up for the Clean Water Act, Shop to Support the Bay