Clean Up the Bay's Shoreline With Baykeeper This Saturday!
Join Baykeeper at San Francisco's India Basin Shoreline Park this Saturday, September 17, 9 am to noon as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day! This is the state’s largest single effort to remove the debris that has accumulated on beaches and inland shorelines over the past year.
Please come out to join us for a family-friendly event and help clean up this neighborhood shoreline park. Participants are eligible for great prizes from our sponsors Teva and REI!
Baykeeper Oil Spill Funding Bill Headed to the Governor
AB 1112, co-sponsored by Baykeeper, passed the California Legislature last week and will now be sent to Governor Brown for veto or approval. The bill provides much-needed funding for the state's Office of Oil Spill Prevention and Response by increasing the fee paid by oil companies from 5 cents to 6.5 cents per barrel of oil.
This past Saturday, September 10, sixteen swimmers crossed the Bay in the second annual TransBay Relay swim benefiting San Francisco Baykeeper. The swim, which spanned 9 miles across the Bay from the Golden Gate to Emeryville, challenged the swimmers and their pilots with strong winds, large swells and considerable chop.
We're happy to report that everyone arrived safely at the finish line with smiles on their faces despite the rough water. The swimmers' remarkable achievements were celebrated with a post-swim party at the Dolphin Club. We'd like to thank all of the incredible swimmers, pilots and volunteers who helped make this event a big success - and raised more than $12,000 for Baykeeper's work to protect the Bay.
There is an all-out attack on the federal Clean Water Act in the U.S. Congress right now, as the Senate entertains numerous stealth amendments to major appropriations bills for the federal agencies. Fortunately, one of the most powerful members of the Appropriations Subcommittees voting on these so-called "riders" is San Francisco Democrat Dianne Feinstein. Please call her and thank her for being a supporter of clean water in the past and urge her to vote NO on all appropriations riders.
Support Baykeeper at Upcoming Wine and Paddleboard Events
Join us for two exciting events this fall and show your support for Baykeeper! On October 12th, Wine & Spirits Magazine will host their Top 100 tasting event at the Metreon in San Francisco. You'll have a chance to taste offerings from leading winemakers and local restaurants, and a portion of your ticket purchase benefits Baykeeper.
Then, get active on October 29th at the inaugural Battle of the Bay standup paddleboard event at McNear's Beach in San Rafael. There will be races for all levels, an expo and after party with proceeds contributed to Baykeeper's efforts to fight Bay pollution!