Baykeeper Press Releases

(Oct 6, 2022) Jeopardized by Excessive Freshwater Diversions, Imperiled San Francisco Bay Fish One Step Closer to Protection SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting the San Francisco Bay population of longfin smelt as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The formerly abundant native fish has seen its population plummet in recent decades. Today...
(Sep 27, 2022) OAKLAND—San Francisco Baykeeper filed a lawsuit today against the Santa Clara Valley Water District over its water management practices that violate the California Constitution, the Fish and Game Code, and the public trust.    Valley Water is responsible for area creeks and rivers that support salmon, steelhead, longfin smelt, riffle sculpin, rainbow trout, and many other public...
(Sep 1, 2022) SF Baykeeper and allied organizations today released an analysis of Governor Newsom’s Bay-Delta water scheme to circumvent efforts by the State Water Resources Control Board to increase protections for the Bay-Delta and Central Valley rivers, and strengthen other environmental requirements in the Board’s Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan. Bayeeper senior scientist Jon Rosenfield...
(Aug 8, 2022) SF Baykeeper Cautions Against Contact with the Brown Waters   OAKLAND—Over the past weeks, many residents and visitors to Lake Merritt, the Oakland Estuary, San Leandro Bay, and surrounding areas of San Francisco Bay have been contacting Baykeeper’s pollution hotline to report discolored water.    Our staff scientists have been monitoring and documenting the situation and contacting...
(Jul 27, 2022) The California Department of Water Resources today released an environmental impact report for its proposed Delta tunnel project, which would divert water from the Sacramento River under  the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, denying critical flows to San Francisco Bay.    The Delta tunnel project is required to meet the goals of the Delta Reform Act. In 2009, the state adopted coequal...
(Jun 30, 2022) Oakland, CA—The United States Supreme Court today released its ruling in West Virginia v. United States Environmental Protection Agency, which guts the EPA's authority to regulate climate-disrupting carbon pollution from power plants. The court also cut back the authority of regulatory agencies across the board, citing the "major questions" doctrine, which could likely lead to...
(Jun 21, 2022) San Francisco Baykeeper submitted a letter in support of a petition filed last month with the California Water Resources Control Board by the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians, Save California Salmon, Little Manila Rising, and Restore the Delta. The petitioners have asked the state to complete and implement updates to the water quality control plan for the...
(Jun 16, 2022)   New York, NY, June 16, 2022—Waterkeeper Alliance, San Francisco Baykeeper, Bayou City Waterkeeper, and 47 additional Waterkeeper groups from across the country filed an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court today to defend the Clean Water Act (CWA) from efforts to substantially narrow the definition of federally protected waters. The clean water advocates are arguing...
(Jun 10, 2022) OAKLAND, CA—Today, San Francisco Baykeeper brought a formal petition to Governor Newsom’s administration, asking the California State Water Resources Control Board to intervene and reject the inadequate urban stormwater permit recently issued by the Bay Area’s regional board. The state board has oversight authority over regional boards.   On May 11, the San Francisco Bay Regional...
(May 11, 2022) Today, the SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board approved its Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit, 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 problems.     SF...

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