Baykeeper In The News

Articles and other news featuring Baykeeper's role in protecting the Bay
Climate Online | April 16, 2021 | Climate Change
Cargill this week withdrew its appeal of a federal ruling that reinstated U.S. Clean Water Act (CWA) protections for the Redwood City Salt Ponds, marking the latest legal victory for environmental groups that have long battled development of the 1,365-acre site. CWA protections do not preclude the possibility of development of the salt ponds, but...
The Mercury News | April 15, 2021 | Wetland Protection
In what environmental groups are hailing as a “complete victory,” Cargill Salt announced this week it will not appeal a decision by a federal judge that protects Redwood City’s salt ponds from development, effectively halting its decades-long effort to build thousands of new homes there. The move comes after a U.S. District Court judge ruled in...
Bay City News / SF Gate | April 14, 2021 | Wetland Protection
Bay Area environmental groups are celebrating a decision by an affiliate of Cargill to withdraw its appeal of a federal judge's finding that Redwood City salt ponds are protected by the Clean Water Act. While the withdrawal does not mean development is prohibited it does make it more difficult, as the federal act requires permits be issued before...
Marin Independent Journal | April 13, 2021 | Sick of Sewage
Tree roots are being blamed for a 98,280-gallon sewage spill in Sausalito that went unnoticed for two weeks. The overflow started on March 17 and went undetected because of heavy vegetation, according to the county. The spill was stopped on March 31. The spill, between 71 and 67 Woodward Ave., was caused by roots blocking a private sewer lateral,...
San Francisco Chronicle | April 12, 2021 | Freshwater flows
San Francisco Bay’s life support systems are unraveling quickly, and a wealth of science indicates that unsustainable water diversions are driving this estuary’s demise. Yet, with another drought looming, federal and state water managers still plan to divert large amounts of water to their contractors and drain upstream reservoirs this summer....
East Bay Times | April 12, 2021 | Fossil Fuels
The Suisun Marsh — known as the largest swath of contiguous wetlands on the West Coast and a haven for thousands of migrating waterfowl — has become the Bay Area’s latest battleground between fossil fuel producers and environmentalists hellbent on fighting climate change. A Brentwood company, Sunset Exploration Inc., announced in January it wants...
San Francisco Chronicle | April 8, 2021 | Fish and Marine Life
A tiny silver fish few people in the Bay Area have heard of could be a new symbol of the state’s continuing battle over water resources. San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Biden administration on Thursday to list the local population of longfin smelt as an endangered species. The environmental group’s legal action comes nine years after the federal...
Mercury News | April 6, 2021 | Sick of Sewage
State water pollution officials have hit the city of Sunnyvale with $187,000 penalty after the city’s wastewater treatment plant spilled more than a quarter million gallons of partially treated sewage into San Francisco Bay last summer. The spill occurred on July 29 when a 36-inch welded steel pipeline ruptured, releasing 292,600 gallons — the...
The Athletic | April 5, 2021 | Toxic Pollutants
Last August, shortly after the A’s filed a lawsuit in Alameda County Superior Court against the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), A’s president Dave Kaval sent out a series of tweets. The lawsuit alleged that DTSC had failed to implement the state’s Hazardous Waste Law against Schnitzer Steel, a steel manufacturing and...
CalMatters | March 31, 2021 | Freshwater flows
By Jon Rosenfield, Special to CalMatters San Francisco Bay’s life support systems are unravelling quickly, and a wealth of science indicates that unsustainable water diversions are driving this estuary’s demise. Yet, with another drought looming, federal and state water managers still plan to divert large amounts of water to their contractors and...

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