Media Center

Baykeeper welcomes the opportunity to talk with journalists about issues related to San Francisco Bay water quality, pollution, and protection.

For interviews with, or comments from, a member of Baykeeper’s science, policy advocacy, or legal team, please contact Fiona Baker. Baykeeper also has a motorized patrol boat and can host journalists on pollution patrol or to view pollution incident sites (where safety allows).

Fiona Baker, Communications Associate

(510) 735-9700 x. 104


Our areas of expertise include:

  • Pollution incidents and emergencies in San Francisco Bay
  • Oil spill response and cleanup
  • Increased fossil fuel infrastructure, including refinery expansions and new coal terminals
  • Pollution impacts on Bay wildlife
  • Pollution impacts on recreation in the Bay
  • Pollution impacts on the health of Bay Area communities
  • Trash contamination in the Bay
  • Storm water runoff contamination from industrial facilities and city storm sewers
  • Sewage spills, leaks, and overflows in the Bay and local creeks
  • Bay dredging, sand mining, and upstream flows
  • Bay wildlife and habitat protection
  • Sea level rise impacts and planning
  • Shoreline development at risk of flooding due to sea level rise

Organization Overview:

  • Founded: 1989
  • Executive Director: Sejal Choksi-Chugh
  • Board of Directors Chair: Peter Molnar
  • Number of Employees: 11
  • Headquarters: 1736 Franklin Street, Ste. 800, Oakland, CA 94612
  • Office Phone: (510) 735-9700
  • Pollution Hotline: 1-800 KEEP BAY  
  • Funding: Individual donors and grants 

For information about our impact, you can download this Baykeeper impact backgrounder.

Photo by Roger Cunningham

Baykeeper Updates and Media Coverage

Aug 30, 2017
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — Over 24,000 people  have formally expressed opposition to a plan by Phillips 66  to more than double the number of oil tankers arriving at their Crockett-Rodeo refinery.    The Bay Area Air Quality Management...
Aug 29, 2017
The oil company Phillips 66 wants to increase the number of tanker ships bringing crude oil, including heavy tar sands oil, to its refinery—from 59 to 135 tankers per year. The refinery is located in Rodeo on the San Francisco Bay...
Aug 23, 2017
..."More than doubling the tanker traffic could significantly increase the risk of oil spills in the bay," said Erica Maharg of Baykeeper, in an interview. "It could be one catastrophic spill. But also it could be the oil spills that...
Aug 17, 2017
If you’ve driven on I-680, across the Benicia–Martinez Bridge, you’ve probably seen them... Some ships in the fleet fell into such disrepair that environmentalists took notice. “You could hear the crunch of the paint chips or the metal...