Last month, Baykeeper’s pollution hotline received a tip that two Lime scooters had been dumped in San Francisco Bay and left to decay. After several days of waiting in vain for the company to remove the scooters, the tipster pulled one from out of the Bay near San Francisco’s Embarcadero Street with a grappling hook.
If you’ve spent time on San Francisco Bay you’ve probably seen dredging in action in the form of large barges scooping up mud from the Bay floor. Dredgers perform an essential function: they clear channels for large ships to keep them from getting stuck in the Bay’s shallow waters.
But there’s a problem. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which performs about 70% of dredging in the Bay, uses suction dredging technology. This highly destructive method vacuums up sediment – and everything else it encounters – from the Bay floor.
Baykeeper recently hosted two National Geographic researchers aboard the Baykeeper boat for two days of collecting samples of plastic pollution in San Francisco Bay. The data from the samples will be compiled for National Geographic’s multi-year Planet or Plastic? initiative.
On a boat patrol near San Francisco, Baykeeper staff noticed a large recycling facility with trash lining the fences near the shoreline—only a wind gust away from releasing Styrofoam packing peanuts and plastic bags into the Bay. Baykeeper is following up to get the facility to contain its trash.
Two major water districts, in Southern California and Silicon Valley, recently voted to help pay for the proposed Delta Tunnels project—despite the fact that the project will harm San Francisco Bay and waterways across the state.
Clean water activists from across the nation and around the world shared success stories and grappled with challenges at the recent Waterkeeper Alliance Conference—including a team of staff from San Francisco Baykeeper.
Identifying toxic contaminants in San Francisco Bay is the first step toward getting them cleaned up. So when regulators tried to weaken testing for contaminated sediment in the Bay, San Francisco Baykeeper pushed back—and we succeeded.
A private luxury marina proposed for development in Clipper Cove at Treasure Island will be drastically scaled back in a big victory for San Francisco Bay.
Baykeeper, Save Clipper Cove, and other concerned organizations and residents have been advocating for several years to preserve Clipper Cove for wildlife habitat and as a public sailing and educational area.
In Baykeeper’s 44th Bay-Safe Industry win, Containers Unlimited has agreed to stop pollution of San Francisco Bay from its Oakland recycling facility.
Baykeeper’s investigation found that the Containers Unlimited facility was releasing polluted runoff with high levels of heavy metals, chemical oxygen demand (a measure of organic matter), and total suspended solids (a measure of small particles, including industrial waste).