Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for October 13, 2009

Governor Signs Baykeeper's Bill to Keep Abandoned Boats Out of Our Waterways

Victory!On Monday, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law a bill sponsored by San Francisco Baykeeper that will help protect San Francisco Bay – and all of California's waterways – from pollution caused by abandoned boats. We applaud the Governor's commitment to helping ensure that our treasured estuaries, rivers and coasts don’t become floating junkyards. Thank you to all the Baykeeper members who contacted the Governor's office in support of the bill – you helped achieve an important victory for protecting the Bay! Click here to find out more about the abandoned boats bill.

Volunteers Needed to Canvass East Bay Retailers

No grease down the drainBaykeeper is mobilizing volunteers to reach out to independent retailers in the East Bay who can post information that will educate customers on keeping leftover fats, oils and grease out of their sink drains – which every winter causes sewage spills into homes, backyards and the Bay. Help local stores spread the word about protecting the Bay from sewage spills! Click here for more information, or contact Sara Aminzadeh, Public Affairs Associate, at or 415-856-0444 x109.

Baykeeper Featured in KQED Story on Mercury

Sejal ChoksiProgram Director Sejal Choksi was featured in a recent KQED Quest piece on the dangers of mercury in San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper has been working for more than a decade to clean up this dangerous pollutant that poisons the food web and threatens both human and environmental health. Watch the full video online.




Vote Baykeeper in SF Patagonia's Grant Contest

PatagoniaHelp Baykeeper win up to $2,500 with your vote!
Until Oct 24 – only 10 days left!
Patagonia's San Francisco Store
770 N Point Street in North Beach (map)

Patagonia's San Francisco store will award up to $2,500 to the nonprofit that wins the most customer votes in the Voice Your Choice contest. Voting closes on October 24, so please stop by the store to cast your vote for Baykeeper today!

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Abandoned Boats Bill Signed, East Bay Volunteers Needed