The devastating wildfires that swept through Napa and Sonoma last month have caused unprecedented damage to families, homes, and businesses. Unfortunately, the disaster also poses a new threat to San Francisco Bay in the form of toxic ash washing into local rivers and creeks that drain to the Bay.
In the 40th victory for Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, Darling Ingredients has agreed to prevent rainwater contaminated with pollutants that harm fish and other wildlife from running off its site and into San Francisco Bay.
Darling Ingredients operates a food processing by-product recycling plant at Pier 92 along San Francisco’s eastern shoreline. The company converts used cooking oil, fat, bone, and protein into ingredients used in the production of feed, fuel, and fertilizer.
North of San Francisco Bay, wildfires have raged across the region for more than a week. Everyone at Baykeeper sends our heartfelt sympathy to those impacted by this tragic disaster. We hope for a full and safe recovery as work continues to contain the fires and as local responders begin to assess the damage and plan for rebuilding.
Once North Bay communities are safe, Baykeeper's focus will turn to monitoring pollution impacts to the Napa River, Sonoma Creek, Carneros Creek, and parts of the Petaluma River, which all flow into northern San Francisco Bay.
This coming rainy season, there will be less pollution in San Francisco Bay. Thanks to Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, 26 industrial facilities that used to contaminate San Francisco Bay in wet weather have now cleaned up their toxic runoff.
Recent severe storms in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico have left tragic trails of destruction along coastal areas. This devastation serves as a vital reminder of the need to prepare for flooding—and how big the threats are to San Francisco Bay.
We’re very proud to announce that the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has awarded San Francisco Baykeeper a new grant through the foundation’s Marine Life and Oceans program. Baykeeper will receive $190,000 to help protect San Francisco Bay from contamination and build resilience to climate change in the Bay Area.
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Conservation groups have sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to challenge the legality of a state permit that would allow the controversial Delta tunnels project to kill endangered salmon and other imperiled fish protected by the state’s Endangered Species Act.
The Shell oil refinery in Martinez discharges too much toxic selenium into San Francisco Bay, harming wildlife, Baykeeper recently told regulators. We urged the Regional Water Quality Control Board to tighten limits on the amount of selenium in treated wastewater Shell is permitted to release into the Bay.
At trace levels, selenium is an essential micronutrient. But selenium is also a byproduct of oil refining. At moderate levels in water, it’s a potent toxic pollutant. Selenium inhibits growth and causes gross deformities in wildlife, and can kill bottom-feeding ducks and fish.
In the 39th victory in Baykeeper’s Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, Peninsula Sanitary Service, Inc., has agreed to stop releasing polluted runoff into creeks that flow to San Francisco Bay.
The oil company Phillips 66 wants to increase the number of tanker ships bringing crude oil, including heavy tar sands oil, to its refinery—from 59 to 135 tankers per year. The refinery is located in Rodeo on the San Francisco Bay shoreline, and more tanker ships will mean a bigger risk of oil spills in the Bay.
On August 28, Baykeeper submitted our expert analysis of problems with this proposal to Bay Area regulators. We were joined by partner organizations Friends of the Earth, Communities for a Better Environment, STAND.earth, Sierra Club, and Center for Biological Diversity.