Baykeeper Press Releases

(Apr 13, 2021) Today, Redwood City Salt Plant, LLC, an affiliate of Cargill Incorporated, the largest privately held company in the United States, abandoned its latest attempt to facilitate selling off its South Bay salt ponds for development. By dropping its appeal of the 2020 Federal District Court's ruling, the legal decision stands that the Redwood City salt ponds are protected under the...
(Mar 15, 2021) Oakland—Every year, San Francisco Baykeeper honors outstanding groups and individuals with the Blue Rivet Award, recognizing their contributions to defending the Bay. Just like the rivets of the Golden Gate Bridge, which join the structure together, the Blue Rivet Awardees represent the web of partnerships essential to attaining a healthy San Francisco Bay and thriving Bay Area...
(Feb 26, 2021) Victory for Salt Ponds, San Francisco Bay—and for Common Sense   The EPA today abandoned a Trump-era attempt to remove federal Clean Water Act protections from the South Bay salt ponds, which would have facilitated property owner Cargill selling off the wetlands to be paved over and developed.   Trump's EPA had determined that the ponds were land and not protected under the Clean...
(Feb 9, 2021) Oakland, CA—Oil infrastructure at Chevron's Richmond refinery failed today, causing oil to spill into the Bay. Chevron's initial measures to control the spill were inadequate, and oil quickly breached Chevron's containment boom. The Contra Costa Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office Community Warning System issued a public health advisory. The size of the spill is yet unknown. In...
(Feb 2, 2021) Oakland—By law, the state is required to develop a scientifically solid plan to ensure  that enough fresh water flows into San Francisco Bay to keep the water clean and to support thriving fisheries that depend on a healthy Bay ecosystem. However, Governor Gavin Newsom's administration is attempting to circumvent this requirement.  At the expense of Bay health, the administration is...
(Jan 8, 2021) Hazardous pollution from these facilities contaminates communities around California    OAKLAND (Jan. 8, 2021) – Environmental justice and conservation groups filed an amicus brief today, calling on the California Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) to regulate metal shredding facilities throughout the state.   Filed by Communities for a Better Environment (CBE), Center on ...
(Jan 4, 2021) Bacterial Pollution From Sewage Is Actionable Under Clean Water Act—In Case You Missed It Oakland, CA—San Francisco Baykeeper, in February 2020, filed legal actions under the Clean Water Act against the cities of Sunnyvale and Mountain View. The cities both have antiquated and failing sewage and stormwater control systems, over a century old in some locations, which are spreading...
(Nov 28, 2020) Cancellation is a Win for the Bay’s Health, for local Drinking Water, and will Save Taxpayers Millions of Dollars   The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates as part of the Department of Defense, announced via public notice that it’s withdrawing plans to dredge the shipping channel connecting San Francisco Bay to Stockton deeper. The scheme was a favor to the Bay Area’s oil...
(Nov 20, 2020) Environmental, public health advocates applaud recent climate emergency declaration while calling for planned, equitable shift to clean energy economy Oakland, California—Just weeks after Contra Costa County’s Board of Supervisors declared a climate emergency in their county, a diverse group of environmental and public health advocates sent a letter to the Board calling for a...
(Oct 16, 2020) Oakland, CA — Baykeeper and the US Coast Guard reached an agreement today that requires the federal agency to make significant changes to reduce heavy metals and other pollutants from its Yerba Buena Island facility in San Francisco Bay. The agreement also requires the Coast Guard to put a civilian environmental specialist in place to oversee environmental compliance at the...

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