Two years ago, Baykeeper scientists discovered significant amounts of bacteria pollution from raw sewage in Stevens Creek, Calabazas Creek, and other South Bay waterways. Our sampling revealed E. coli at levels 50 times the legal limit. And the culprits were the cities of Sunnyvale and Mountain View.
So Baykeeper’s legal team took action, filing lawsuits against both cities for Clean Water Act violations. But instead of fixing the underlying issues with their wastewater and stormwater systems, Sunnyvale and Mountain View have wasted the past year trying to get our cases thrown out of court.
In late December, their attempt failed. A federal court ruled that the cities’ arguments were without merit, and that Baykeeper’s cases should move forward.
Now, we hope Sunnyvale and Mountain View will do the right thing and fix their broken systems so their residents can enjoy clean water and healthy creeks.
Pictured: a stormwater outfall in the South Bay