The Ghost Fleet of Suisun Bay—the decaying military ships that poisoned the San Francisco Bay ecosystem for 40 years—is finally gone. Legal action brought by Baykeeper and our environmental partners led to a federal government cleanup and removal of the 57 ships, which started in 2010 and was completed ahead of schedule this month.
On Sunday, July 9, Baykeeper hosted our biggest and most energetic Bay Parade yet! More than 200 swimmers, paddlers, boaters, and volunteers–many with noisemakers and elaborate costumes–celebrated a healthy San Francisco Bay in this annual on-the-water event.
Recently, Baykeeper successfully advocated for local regulators to strengthen pollution controls at dry dock shipyards in San Francisco Bay.
Dry docks are large three-walled structures where big ships pull in and are lifted entirely out of water for maintenance, such as removing old hull paint and repainting. If not contained properly, maintenance activities within the dry docks can result in heavy metals and other toxic substances contaminating the Bay and the sediment on the Bay floor.
Baykeeper recently won new protections for the Napa River and Sonoma Creek—both tributaries of San Francisco Bay—from pesticide pollution.
Grape growing for wine production tends to rely heavily on pesticides, fertilizers, and other potentially harmful substances. Contaminated soil and water running off vineyards seep into nearby waterways, which can carry polluted agricultural runoff all the way to San Francisco Bay. In addition, soil eroding from vineyards can muddy nearby creeks, making it difficult for fish to navigate and spawn.
For more than three months, hundreds of dead leopard sharks have been washing up on San Francisco Bay’s shoreline. Shark experts investigating the mysterious deaths have made progress, but they haven’t yet determined the exact cause.
If you see a shark stranded on the shoreline, don’t try to push it back in the water. Report its exact location to Baykeeper’s hotline at 1-800-KEEP-BAY (1-800-533-7229) and send photos to email@example.com.
Baykeeper is advocating for more action to rid San Francisco Bay of abandoned boats. Whether sunken or floating, abandoned boats can pollute the Bay with fuel, sewage, antifreeze, trash, and other toxic materials. They can also create navigation hazards for other boats and people who use the Bay for recreation.
President Trump recently announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord. This historic agreement, reached by 195 countries in 2015, sets targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the rise in average global temperatures.
By withdrawing, the U.S. is taking a serious step back from leadership on containing climate change and preserving a healthy planet for future generations.
The proposed Delta Tunnels project is once again threatening the health of San Francisco Bay.
After decades of excessive water diversions, San Francisco Bay and the larger Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta are starving for fresh water. The situation is harming fish, birds, plants, and people throughout the Bay-Delta estuary.
San Francisco Baykeeper is sponsoring a state bill to protect San Francisco Bay from tar sands oil spills. The bill, SB 709, would protect California waterways from spills of tar sands oil and other “non-floating” oils that are particularly difficult to clean up.
Currently, oil spill cleanup technology is designed to deal with spills of conventional oil that floats on the surface of water and slowly disperses and evaporates. But heavier oils, like tar sands sink, making the substance nearly impossible to remove from an aquatic ecosystem.
Over 40 years ago, before Baykeeper was founded as the Bay’s pollution watchdog, San Francisco Bay was treated as a cesspool receiving untreated wastewater from cities along the Bay. Swimmers and wildlife in the Bay were frequently exposed to harmful bacteria and toxins that made them sick.