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Why Sewage Flooded the Bay


Podcast:  An estimated 62 million gallons of sewage — or about 94 Olympic-sized swimming pools — spilled into the San Francisco Bay during the storms in late December and January. ...

SF Bay Refineries Among Worst Water Polluters

Alameda Post

A national study of water pollution from oil refineries reveals that Bay Area refineries are among the worst polluters, including the Chevron Richmond and Valero Benicia refineries. Chevron is the...

Refineries engaged in massive chemical dump into S.F. bay

San Francisco Examiner

“California has a reputation of being an environmentally friendly place,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, executive director of San Francisco Baykeeper, an environmental watchdog. But, she added, “San...

New study catalogs water pollutants released by Bay Area oil refineries

San Francisco Chronicle

Chevron’s oil refinery in Richmond is among the U.S. petroleum producers that most regularly exceed limits aimed at keeping pollution out of local waterways, according to a nonprofit that ranked it...

Refinery pollution in SF Bay


A Rude Awakening—Sabrina Jacobs interviews Sejal Choksi-Chugh about oil refinery pollution in San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper segments starts at 26:45.

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...


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