Media Center

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

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

Media Contact:

Eliet Henderson

(510) 735-9700, extension 101


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

Dec 9, 2019
More than 1,600 industrial facilities around the Bay use and store heavy metals, synthetic chemicals, fuels, and hazardous waste in outdoor areas. With each passing day, these toxic materials accumulate on surfaces and structures around...
Dec 4, 2019
After more than six hours of hot debate Tuesday night on a proposed ban of coal and petroleum coke in Richmond, the city council acceded to Mayor Tom Butt’s wishes and decided in a split vote to postpone the item... “Calling for more study...
Dec 3, 2019
What I saw on the San Francisco Bay shoreline that day worried me.  I asked our volunteer skipper, Robert, to maneuver the Baykeeper boat closer. Since the last time we'd been to the site, more heavy industrial equipment had piled up near...
Nov 27, 2019
It seems the Bohemian's coverage of the excessive levels of bacteria in the Petaluma River Watershed made some waves... In short, Baykeeper argues that, although the SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board calls its plan a TMDL, the...