Baykeeper's analysis of recent data shows that ninety-five percent of the Bay Area's industrial facilities are contaminating San Francisco Bay or its tributaries with toxic rainy-season runoff.
Now, we have an important opportunity to win tighter regulatory controls on industrial polluters. The California Water Resources Control Board is revising pollution limits on industrial runoff through the update of the Statewide Industrial Stormwater Permit.
Please send a message to the State Water Board to support reining in toxic industrial runoff pollution into San Francisco Bay and waterways statewide.
Twenty-six swimmers made a 9-mile crossing of San Francisco Bay on Sunday, September 30 in San Francisco Baykeeper's annual Swim for the Bay.
Swimming in relay teams, the swimmers had currents to fight along the way, but they enjoyed sunny skies, warm weather, and terrific views of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco skyline, Alcatraz Island, and the Bay Bridge.
The Ghost Fleet—decaying military ships that poisoned the San Francisco Bay ecosystem for 40 years—is being cleaned up ahead of schedule. Thirty-six of the original 57 ships have already been removed from the Bay.
In 2010, Baykeeper successfully reached a settlement agreement with the federal government that required a speedy cleanup of the rusting ships. The Ghost Fleet has released more than 20 tons of heavy metals such as lead, zinc, and cadmium into Suisun Bay, an inlet that connects San Francisco Bay with the Delta.
October 18 marks the 40th anniversary of the federal Clean Water Act, a powerful tool for cleaning up waterways. Before its passage, San Francisco Bay stank from raw sewage and was choked with industrial waste.
The Clean Water Act required polluters to use better technologies to control their waste, leading to vast improvements in the nation's water quality.
One reason the law has been so effective is its "citizen suit" provision. If regulators are not keeping pollution in check, citizens and citizen groups like San Francisco Baykeeper can sue polluters and win legally-binding agreements for cleanup. However, the law has also repeatedly come under attack from polluters. Read more about the Clean Water Act on its 40th anniversary.
Thanks, Coastal Cleanup Day Volunteers!
Thank you to Baykeeper volunteers who took part in California's annual Coastal Cleanup Day in September at India Basin Shoreline Park.
Close to 40 volunteers cleaned up nearly 400 pounds of trash, ranging from entire bags of household trash, to wings from an angel costume, to tiny fragments of plastic and glass. Food wrappers and cigarette butts made up a large percentage of the total trash collected.
Baykeeper has cleaned up India Basin Shoreline Park for Coastal Cleanup Day since 2008, and we've seen a steady reduction in trash accumulating in the park. Read more about the park cleanup.
Oddball Creatures of San Francisco Bay
One fish has lights on its stomach and wakes up houseboaters. Another gets a crab to give it dinner and a worm to build its house.