Baykeeper Press Releases

(May 11, 2022) Today, the SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board approved its Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit (Item #6 on agenda), which is supposed to reduce the trash, metals, and bacteria that Bay Area cities discharge into the Bay from city streets every time it rains. Unfortunately, the agency's plan is deeply flawed and is not going to solve the Bay’s serious stormwater pollution...
(Apr 25, 2022) Dramatic Video of Swimmer at Daybreak on the Bay   What:  A six person relay team of open water swimmers will enter the Napa River from Poseidon Vineyard in Napa, and then emerge the following day at Aquatic Park in San Francisco—with bottles of the newly released 2021 Rosé for the Bay in hand. This is a journey nearly 40 miles, as the dolphin swims, which is expected to take...
(Apr 19, 2022) Oakland—The Superior Court of California, Alameda County, ruled yesterday that the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) must regulate toxic metal shredder waste from Schnitzer Steel as hazardous waste. Previously, metal shredder waste in California was treated as nonhazardous waste due to a loophole in regulations, which this ruling closes.   The ruling was made...
(Apr 12, 2022) Benicia Fire Chief Josh Chadwick released a statement today on the preliminary findings of the investigation into the cause of the Benicia Port Fire.  Preliminary findings indicate that the origin of the fire was on or near the lower portion of the coke conveyor belt system near the base of the silos, and the fire appears to have been unintentional in nature. Baykeeper executive...
(Apr 9, 2022) Benicia, CA—A four alarm fire broke out at the Port of Benicia Saturday, April 9. San Francisco Baykeeper, which is currently taking legal action against the port and the Valero refinery over Clean Water Act violations, was on site, documenting the incident with video captured by drone.    Baykeeper executive director Sejal Choksi-Chugh issued the following statement:    Baykeeper's...
(Mar 29, 2022) Governor Newsom's administration announced today a new timeline and a new price tag for divvying up the state’s water supplies among major water districts that provide for industrial agriculture in parts of the Central Valley. The state also submitted a required plan for managing Sacramento River temperatures this year, which is critical for the survival of Chinook salmon runs....
(Mar 23, 2022) San Francisco Baykeeper joined a coalition of 136 groups petitioning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require America’s dams and reservoirs to report greenhouse gas emissions under the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Reporting Program.  Dams and reservoirs can emit significant GHGs, including methane. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is several times more destructive...
(Mar 7, 2022)   SACRAMENTO, Calif.— More than 80 environmental and justice organizations—incuding San Francisco Baykeeper, Center for Biodiversity, and Communities for a Better Environment—delivered a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom today urging him to strengthen the state’s clean car regulations. The letter comes ahead of Newsom’s State of the State address Tuesday, in which he’s expected...
(Mar 2, 2022) Oakland, CA—Following the Clean Water Act's required 60 day notification period, Baykeeper filed a lawsuit against Benicia's Valero refinery and the Port of Benicia for discharging petroleum coke into the Bay in repeated violations of the Clean Water Act. Baykeeper executive director Sejal Choksi-Chugh issues the following statement: "We've filed our pollution complaint against...
(Dec 8, 2021) Community Leaders and Government Officials to Discuss the Threat of Sea Level and Groundwater Rise to Contaminated Sites around San Francisco Bay   WHEN:            Wednesday December 8th and Thursday December 9th 2021                         3:30-6:00PM (PST)   WHERE:           ZOOM Registration Link: www.bit.ly/SLR-Contamination ZOOM Meeting Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/s/...

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