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EPA Allowing Vast Oil Refinery Waste to Pollute US Waterways

Common Dreams

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing to uphold its legal obligation to regulate the nearly half-billion gallons of toxic wastewater that petroleum refineries dump into the nation's...

King tides offer North Bay residents a preview of sea level rise

North Bay Bohemian

On Sunday, Jan. 22, a group of hikers stood on a hillside in China Camp State Park near San Rafael watching, not wildlife thriving in the park’s salt marshes, but cars and bicycles below. It was...

'Our Worst Nightmare': As Storms Raged, Some 62 Million Gallons of Sewage Spilled Into Bay Area Waterways, Streets and Yards


The nine atmospheric river storms that began dumping vast amounts of rain on the state in late December, and refused to let up until last weekend, overwhelmed aging sewer systems, forcing wastewater...

Storms may have sent millions of gallons of wastewater into SF Bay, residents advised to 'stay out'


"I would urge people to still stay out of the water for a couple more days," said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, the executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper, told ABC7 News. "It's going to rain again...

California’s next storm problem: Raw sewage and ocean pollution

Washington Examiner

California’s deadly storms have destroyed piers, flooded communities, and have now sent millions of gallons of raw sewage into the San Francisco Bay.

Relentless rain leading to overwhelmed Bay Area wastewater plants, sewage spills


As storms continue to pound the Bay Area, an unfortunate side effect is overwhelmed wastewater treatment systems and dozens of sewage spills in the region.

Millions of gallons of untreated storm water and sewage are being released in Northern California.

New York Times

The preliminary tally is 14 million gallons — enough to fill 21 Olympic-size swimming pools.\ That’s how much untreated storm water, with some raw sewage mixed in, was released in the San...

Storms send sewage pouring into streets, creeks, San Francisco Bay and Pacific Ocean

East Bay Times/San Jose Mercury

“Our old infrastructure is just not going to be up to snuff,” Choksi-Chugh said. “It’s not going to be able to handle these larger storm events, year upon year. So we really need to be thinking about...

Storms in the Bay Area have unleashed millions of gallons of untreated sewage water

NPR: Morning Edition

The massive storms in California have overwhelmed the San Francisco Bay area's sewage systems. Millions of gallons of untreated wastewater are pouring through streets and into the bay.

Did sewage spill in the Bay from your neighborhood?

San Francisco Chronicle

Millions of gallons of sewage have overflowed into Bay Area streets and water bodies since the first atmospheric river made landfall on New Year’s Eve, inundating local wastewater systems...

Clean Water Act reinvigorated but future environmental challenges still ahead


SAN FRANCISCO -- Environmental groups say the creeks and streams swollen by our recent storms are a perfect example of a system the Federal Clean Water Act was designed to protect, an interlaced...

Storms lead to sewage in San Francisco Bay


What's happening: More than 3 million gallons of sewage have made their way into creeks, roadways, neighborhoods and the bay since Dec. 31, according to an analysis by the Examiner of wastewater data...


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