Baykeeper Press Releases

(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...
(Oct 14, 2020) Oakland, CA — Today, Donald Trump signed an executive order to form a "subcabinet" office of water policy, with a mandate of meeting the water demands of industrial agriculture and fracking. An executive order from Trump put Interior Secretary David Bernhardt and Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler in charge of the interagency body. Bernhardt is a former...
(Oct 6, 2020) Redwood City’s Salt Ponds are Protected by the Clean Water Act The historic salt ponds in Redwood City, owned by an affiliate of Cargill, Inc., are indeed waters of the United States and are protected by the Clean Water Act, according to a ruling by a federal court in San Francisco. The court ruled that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency “misapplied the law” in deciding that...
(Oct 5, 2020) Federal judge rules that Trump's EPA cannot declare South Bay salt ponds to be land   Judge William Alsup of the US Northern District of California Court ruled today on the case Baykeeper vs EPA that Trump's EPA misapplied the Clean Water Act when it determined that the South Bay salt ponds, owned by Cargill, are in fact land. The ruling vacated the EPA's determination, and requires...
(Sep 1, 2020) REDWOOD CITY, California, September 1, 2020: Neighborhood groups, conservation, wildlife, and climate sustainability organizations, and even a public agency, joined forces today to issue an urgent and united call for Redwood City to include specific, actionable steps in their 2030 Climate Action Plan Update - not just to reduce emissions, but also toward adaptation to sea level rise...
(Aug 15, 2020) OAKLAND – An unexpected power outage on Friday included the West Oakland area where the East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) Main Wastewater Treatment Plant is located, which caused failure of major equipment at the wastewater plant resulting in a sewer back-up and release of 50,000 gallons of raw and partially treated wastewater to the Oakland-Alameda Estuary. In response,...
(Jul 9, 2020) In May this year, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled to block the City of Oakland's authority to stop coal pollution within its own city limits. Today, San Francisco Baykeeper and the Sierra Club -- through their attorneys at Earthjustice -- filed a request asking the court to reconsider its decision.   This request for a new hearing is being coordinated with a similar request...
Sierra Club and SF Baykeeper File as Full Parties and Stand with Richmond’s Legal Defense of Public Health and Safety From Coal Dust
(May 29, 2020)   Richmond, CA — Today, the Sierra Club and San Francisco Baykeeper moved to interevene as full parties in the lawsuits to defend the City of Richmond’s ordinance that phases out the storage and handling of coal and petroleum coke in the city, and also filed an accompanying motion to dismiss the lawsuits. The environmental legal organization Earthjustice is representing both the...
Oakland Community Advocates Call for New Ordinance to Prevent Coal Pollution
(May 26, 2020)   Oakland, CA — Today, over two years after Judge Vince Chhabria struck down the City of Oakland’s prohibition on handling and storage of coal at the former Oakland Army Base, the case was decided on appeal by three Ninth Circuit judges. The judges heard oral arguments on the appeal by the City of Oakland, Sierra Club, and San Francisco Baykeeper in November 2019. The judges...
A Collaboration IPA That Supports Fierce Champions of the San Francisco Bay
(Nov 19, 2019) San Francisco, CA (November 19, 2019) – Anchor Brewing Company and local nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper announce their limited-edition collaboration brew, Baykeeper IPA, in cans for the very first time. A San Francisco-style IPA, Baykeeper IPA is a crisp and refreshing, yet high ABV brew that brims with fruit-forward hop layers. Just in time for Baykeeper’s 30th anniversary this...

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