Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for November 2016

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Monthly Update for November 2016
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Standing with you for a healthy Bay and sustainable future


Here at Baykeeper, we're assessing what the recent election results mean for San Francisco Bay. The potential outcomes of the new federal agenda include the possibility of an increased push to burn fossil fuels, a rollback of environmental protections and EPA's authority, and a reversal on climate change policies.

Amid the unknowns, we're resolved to stay focused and keep pursuing our critical work—for the Bay, and for Bay Area communities who rely on Baykeeper to fight for clean water, healthy wildlife, safe recreation, and a thriving ecosystem.

With your help, we'll continue to stand up to fossil fuel expansion and climate change impacts–and continue to win big. And we'll work to prevent a weakening of the federal environmental laws that Baykeeper uses to protect the fishable, swimmable waters of San Francisco Bay.

Baykeeper succeeds only because you and all the diverse members of our community stand with us. Thank you for your continued commitment to a healthy San Francisco Bay.

Photo by Roberto Soncin Gerometta

Fighting refineries for stronger pollution controls

Baykeeper is urging regulators to limit the amount of toxic selenium allowed in San Francisco Bay. Bay Area oil refineries are the region's largest source of selenium in the Bay, but refinery representatives have undermined recent efforts to institute stronger controls on this dangerous toxic substance.

Recent monitoring indicates that wildlife located downstream of the major refineries, in Suisun Bay and San Pablo Bay, exhibit the highest levels of selenium. Excess selenium inhibits growth, causes gross deformities, and can kill bottom-feeding ducks and fish.

Baykeeper has laid out strong legal and scientific arguments for strengthening the limits on selenium from refineries, which would significantly reduce the threat to wildlife. We'll keep advocating for better controls to keep San Francisco Bay healthy and safe.

Learn more about Baykeeper's work fighting selenium pollution.

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Thank you, voters! California has banned the plastic bag

Blue Heron

In a victory for California's water and wildlife, voters passed Proposition 67 to ban single-use plastic grocery bags. Voters also rejected the misleading Proposition 65, which was funded by plastic bag manufacturers.

When plastic bags wash into San Francisco Bay and the oceans, they kill wildlife. Animals get entangled in the bags and drown, or eat them and starve.

The average shopper uses a single-use plastic bag less than 12 minutes, but the bag remains in the environment for up to 1,000 years.

Thank you, California, for voting with the environment. Millions of birds, fish, otters, and other aquatic creatures will be spared unnecessary harm and suffering because of your vote.

Photo by Mike Baird

Redwood City concrete plant to rein in contamination

In the 37th legal victory in Baykeeper's Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, the Granite Rock Company has agreed to stop contaminated storm water from draining into San Francisco Bay.

Rain running off of Granite Rock's concrete batch plant in Redwood City has been contaminated with heavy metals. The runoff is also highly alkaline, which can have negative effects on wildlife and overall water quality. The rain flows into Redwood Creek, which empties into the Bay.

In a legally-binding settlement with Baykeeper, Granite Rock has agreed to install an enhanced filtration treatment system and closely monitor site runoff to keep contamination out of the creek and the Bay. Baykeeper will require more stringent measures if necessary.

Baykeeper's Bay-Safe Industry Campaign targets the widespread problem of illegal storm water runoff that flows into San Francisco Bay from industrial facilities. We're making the watershed healthier for wildlife and safer for recreation.

Learn more about Baykeeper's pollution agreement with the Granite Rock Company.


Photo by Ninniane (Flickr CC)

Volunteer with Baykeeper this season

VolunteerOffice and outreach volunteers needed: Baykeeper is looking for volunteers to help with envelope stuffing at our downtown Oakland office and to represent Baykeeper at outreach events in the community. A volunteer shift of 2-4 hours would be greatly appreciated!

Email Maya Wolf for more details.

Support the Bay on Giving Tuesday, November 29

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday—the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving, following Black Friday sales and Cyber Monday online deals—is becoming a global holiday tradition. It's a chance to give back to the organizations in your community that you are most thankful for as 2016 draws to a close.

Celebrate the charitable season on Giving Tuesday, November 29, with a donation to support Baykeeper's work protecting San Francisco Bay from pollution. With your help, we'll keep working for a healthy Bay, safe recreation, and thriving wildlife.

Baykeeper is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so your gift is fully tax-deductible.

Click here to make your gift to Baykeeper today.

Photo by Roberto Soncin Gerometta

Donate with your dollars through AmazonSmile & Sports Basement


Give and shop at the same time! Through the AmazonSmile program, you can make your regular purchases and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to San Francisco Baykeeper, at no cost to you. Go to AmazonSmile, sign in to your account, and select "San Francisco Baykeeper" as your charitable organization. Every time you shop through AmazonSmile, you'll be supporting a healthy San Francisco Bay.sports basement

Sign up with Sports Basement's Basementeers program for a 10% discount and a donation to support Baykeeper. This local outdoor store has seven retail locations with gear and clothing for running, biking, hiking, camping, winter sports, and more, as well as an extensive rental department. Sign up as a Basementeer in person at any Sports Basement store. Tell the cashier that you were sent by San Francisco Baykeeper, and they'll waive the $25 sign-up fee. Or sign up for free online.

Save the Date! Baykeeper Dinner is March 5, 2017


Mark your calendars for March 5! Baykeeper will celebrate beautiful San Francisco Bay with a crab and wine feast, plus a silent auction, for our annual dinner at the Dolphin Swimming and Boating Club.

We'll honor our 2017 Blue Rivet Award winners, and Baykeeper staff will give an update on our recent wins for the Bay. Tickets will go on sale early next year. We'll see you there!

Photo by Shark Stewards

Photo at top by Roberto Soncin Gerometta

Standing with you for a healthy Bay