Baykeeper In The News

Articles and other news featuring Baykeeper's role in protecting the Bay
ABC 7 News | August 3, 2017 | Ghost Fleet
Seven years and 57 ships later, the last old vessel polluting Suisun Bay is getting ready for a final voyage to a ship recycling yard in Texas. The mothball fleet sat unused for decades; a floating toxic waste dump. Here's a look at how a legal fight got us to this point... "We're talking approximately 57 vessels that were shedding toxic paint...
The Press Democrat | August 2, 2017 | Pesticides
A new regulation aimed at improving the water quality of two tributaries that run into San Pablo Bay means vineyard owners in those watersheds will have to obtain new permits... “We believe the final rule approved by the regional board was a good first step and was overdue,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director for San Francisco Baykeeper,...
Bay Area Monitor | August 1, 2017 | Nutrient Mgmt
Nutrients — such as nitrogen — are essential to life, but an overabundance can mean trouble for waterways. Take Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, which are infamous for “dead zones” where closely-packed bodies of fish float to the surface or wash ashore by the thousands... Baykeeper, a nonprofit dedicated to stopping pollution in the Bay, is...
CBS KPIX 5 News | July 28, 2017 | Oil Spills
VALLEJO (KPIX 5) — The Phillips 66 Refinery in Rodeo wants to double the number of tankers that deliver crude to be refined, but concerns about the environment have prompted opposition from residents in the city of Vallejo.... Erica Maharg, managing attorney for the environmental protection group Baykeeper, says this expansion puts the bay...
KQED California Report | July 27, 2017 | Oil Spills
Phillips 66 wants to more than double the number of oil tankers that travel through San Francisco Bay to unload crude at its refinery in Rodeo... It “poses an incredible new risk of oil spills to San Francisco Bay,” Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director for Baykeeper, said in an interview. “We’re really concerned about the increase in the number...
Capital Public Radio | July 18, 2017 | Mercury
The federal government has approved new rules on mercury in California waterways... San Francisco Baykeeper's Erica Maharg says with the new federally approved water quality criteria, regional water boards throughout the state will have to identify which waterways people are using to catch fish. "And then once that use is recognized, they will...
The Good Brine | July 3, 2017 | Bay Parade
Like many bodies of water around the world the San Francisco Bay is heavily affected by pollution. Rain water runoff carries pollutants from refineries, scrap yards, shipping docks, landfills, and countless other industrial facilities into the Bay. There have also been two oil spills in the last 10 years. This is obviously bad news for local...
No Coal Oakland | June 10, 2017 | Toxic Pollutants
On Tuesday, June 6, United States District Judge Vince Chhabria granted Sierra Club and San Francisco Baykeeper’s motion to intervene in developer Phil Tagami’s lawsuit against the City of Oakland. The lawsuit challenges the City’s  ban on coal storage and handling at a marine terminal to be located on the City’s West Gateway waterfront property...
Courthouse News Service | June 7, 2017 | Toxic Pollutants
A federal judge on Tuesday advanced a lawsuit challenging Oakland’s attempt to use its recent coal ban to block a new shipping facility’s plans to export the product... Chhabria’s order also allowed environmental groups the Sierra Club and San Francisco Baykeeper to intervene as defendants, but denied their own motion to dismiss the lawsuit. As...
Bay Area Monitor | June 1, 2017 | Ghost Fleet
... Baykeeper, a local nonprofit that regularly patrols the San Francisco Bay by boat, had noticed the problem but not the extent. “That was more than we’d ever thought,” said Baykeeper Executive Director Sejal Choksi-Chugh, adding that MARAD was “using the Bay as a junkyard.”

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