Baykeeper's E-newsletter for September 2019

Protecting endangered fish from dangerous dredging practices, fighting trash pollution at Coastal Cleanup Day, celebrating Eat Real fest for a healthy Bay, and more

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Monthly Update for September 2019
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Our new oil spill legislation passes the California Senate


Baykeeper's pioneering oil spill safety legislation has moved closer to becoming law. The bill passed the State Senate and will soon be in front of Governor Newsom to sign into law.

We created AB 936 to target the threat of heavy crude oil spills in the Bay, ocean, coast, and throughout California.

Oil companies are trying to ramp up use of heavy oils like tar sands and Venezuelan crude. That means more of this dangerous oil being shipped across San Francisco Bay, increasing the risk of spills.

When heavy oil spills in a waterway, it sinks quickly, coating the bottom and smothering plants and animals. It's critical that a spill of heavy crude be addressed quickly and effectively, while it can still be removed.

AB 936 would help address this risk by improving contingency planning, safety standards, clean-up methods, and notice to regulators and frontline communities for heavy non-floating oils.

Thank you to everyone who signed on to our action alert in support of AB 936 earlier this year. We're urging Governor Newsom to sign AB 936 into law for the health of California's shores, beaches, and waterways!

Read more about protecting the Bay from a heavy crude spill.

Photo by Robb Most, thanks to LightHawk Conservation Flying

Protecting Bay fish from dangerous dredging

Dredging in the Bay

The Army Corps of Engineers does most of the ship-channel dredging in the Bay. And the federal agency frequently uses destructive hydraulic technology that kills endangered fish.

The Army Corps' own studies show that hydraulic dredging is killing the Bay's delta and longfin smelt, two fish on the brink of extinction.

Plus, the Corps has been wasting clean dredged sediment by dumping it in the Pacific Ocean, rather than making it available for wetland restoration.

At a recent court hearing, Baykeeper called on the Army Corps to use non-lethal dredging technology and to reuse dredged sediment for rebuilding wetlands.

"Baykeeper has been advocating for years for the Army Corps to change the way it approaches dredging," said Ian Wren, Staff Scientist. "This is an obvious opportunity to change a harmful activity into a net positive for the Bay."

Read more about Baykeeper's case against harmful dredging.

Clamshell dredging, pictured above, is safer for fish than the hydraulic dredging method the Army Corps uses in many parts of the Bay.

Photo by Richard Bangert

A pond that protects SF Bay

US Pipe and Foundry

Can heavy industry coexist with a healthy Bay? Yes, when companies use exceptional pollution controls.

When Baykeeper first investigated U.S. Pipe and Foundry, a steel pipe manufacturer in Union City, we found that contaminated water was running off its facility and into tributaries of Alameda Creek and San Francisco Bay. The toxic pollution, which includes heavy metals, can be harmful to fish.

Baykeeper's science and legal team investigated the facility's pollution issues and held the company accountable under the Clean Water Act. We reached an agreement requiring the company to install pollution controls, including a specialized pond to naturally filter out contaminants.

The photo above shows Baykeeper staff attorney Nicole Sasaki (pictured, right) giving the new retention pond area a final inspection before the rainy season begins to fill it up.

Read more about US Pipe and Foundry's new pollution controls.

Help fight trash pollution on Coastal Cleanup Day 9/21

Coastal Cleanup Day at India Basin

It's almost time for Coastal Cleanup Day! You can join the international effort that mobilizes thousands of volunteers around the world to fight trash that is polluting shorelines and beaches.

This year, Coastal Cleanup Day takes place on Saturday, September 21. The Baykeeper cleanup at India Basin is currently full, but there are trash cleanups happening all around the Bay, and they need your help!

Click here to see a map of all California Coastal Cleanup Day cleanups to find one near you.

Photo by Robb Most

Join us for a fun run, cleanup & pancakes on 10/5

Fun run along the Bay

Celebrate Bay Day with Baykeeper! Join our second annual shoreline cleanup and fun run in partnership with Sports Basement and Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders on Saturday, October 5.

The event will start with an optional run (or bike!), led by Lake Merritt Joggers & Striders from the Berkeley Sports Basement store to the Berkeley Marina. Volunteers will then gather at the Shorebird Park Nature Center for a shoreline cleanup with Baykeeper.

After the cleanup, all participants and volunteers are invited back to Sports Basement for a free pancake breakfast!

When: Saturday, October 5, 8:30AM -12:00PM
Where: Sports Basement at 2727 Milvia Street and Shorebird Park Nature Center in Berkeley

Registration opens soon! Check the Baykeeper event page for details.

Photo by Roger Cunningham

Eat Real and drink wine for a healthy Bay

Eat Real and Top 100Oakland's popular food truck festival, Eat Real, is coming to Jack London Square next weekend. This year the festival supports Baykeeper's work to protect San Francisco Bay!

Eat Real features food and drinks made with regionally sourced and sustainably produced ingredients. Entry to the festival is free.

When: Saturday, September 21 and Sunday, September 22
Where: Jack London Square, Oakland

Read more on the Eat Real website.

And on October 10, Wine & Spirits Magazine's Top 100 Event returns for the 16th year! A portion of all ticket sales goes directly to Baykeeper's work to protect San Francisco Bay.

The evening will feature tastings of some of the world's most sought-after wines, paired with delicious bites from local restaurants and purveyors. Tickets prices are $110-$185.

When: Thursday, October 10
Where: City View at Metreon, San Francisco

Read more about the Top 100 tasting.

Binocs  Baykeeper on patrol

Earlier this month, Baykeeper's newest team member, Field Investigator Cole Burchiel (pictured below, left) and Senior Scientist Jon Rosenfield (right), joined a pollution patrol on the Baykeeper boat.

They visited the Levin coal terminal to monitor for any signs of pollution, checked out another potentially polluting shoreline industrial facility, and went to Richardson Bay to examine the liveaboard boats that can cause pollution problems in the Bay.

Cole coordinates Baykeeper's pollution hotline investigations and patrol program, so he'll be spending a lot of time on the Bay!

Cole and Jon on the Baykeeper boat

Photo at top by Robert Most

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