Fisheries Service Issues New Rulebook to Protect Imperiled California Salmon

Fishermen, tribes, and conservationists hail decision to protect fish, jobs, and local communities
Sejal Choksi, (925) 330-7757 (cell),

Current operations of state and federal water projects in California’s Central Valley jeopardize endangered California Chinook salmon and steelhead populations, according to a biological opinion filed today by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Today’s announcement also finds that current water operations jeopardize killer whales, which rely on Sacramento River salmon as a major food source.

Protecting the Bay by Watchdogging Government Agencies

Sejal Choksi
From the June 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

San Francisco Bay is at the center of the Bay Area and the extensive network of housing, transit, retail and industry that sustains the more than seven million people that live here. The Bay is a big part of what makes the Bay Area so special, but its close proximity to a major urban area also means that the Bay is constantly bombarded with pollution from Bay Area cities and industrial facilities.


The Hostile Takeover of San Francisco Bay

Sejal Choksi
From the May 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

San Francisco Bay is known throughout the world for its majestic natural beauty, and San Francisco Baykeeper works every day to protect the health of the birds, fish and other aquatic animals that make the Bay so special. But the Bay isn’t just lovely to behold – it is also an active end point along an international shipping route that contributes to a significant portion of California’s trillion-dollar economy.

Supreme Court Rules on Once-Through Cooled Power Plants

Baykeeper Urges State Action to Protect Imperiled Fisheries
Amy Chastain, Staff Attorney, San Francisco Baykeeper, 415-856-0444 x106

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could weigh industry costs when establishing environmental protections for power plants with cooling water intake structures. The Court’s ruling states that a cost-benefit analysis is not categorically forbidden by the Clean Water Act, leaving it to the new Obama Administration to decide whether and how to compare costs to benefits when it issues new regulations for existing power plants.

Local Power Plants Harm Bay Wildlife

Sejal Choksi
From the April 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

In the wake of increasingly alarming climate change data and a growing movement to reduce our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels, energy issues have risen to the top of the national environmental agenda. The Obama administration has pledged to craft a sustainable national energy policy that promotes renewable sources of energy and minimizes the harmful environmental impacts of our energy consumption on air quality and global climate change.

Baykeeper Crossword Challenge

Sejal Choksi
From the March 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

The San Francisco Bay defines much of the lifestyle of the Bay Area. The Bay is an avenue for worldwide commerce and local transportation, an arena for outdoor sports and recreation and a breathtaking local attraction that draws residents and visitors alike. In our daily routines, it is easy to overlook the amazing complexity and diversity of life that thrives below the surface of the Bay and just beyond our view.


A Chance for Change: What a New Administration’s Water Policies Could Mean for the Bay and Beyond

Sejal Choksi
From the February 2009 edition of Bay Crossings

San Francisco Baykeeper has worked for almost two decades to protect the San Francisco Bay from pollution. Over the years, we’ve achieved a number of victories that have helped improve water quality not only locally but at the state and national level as well – in fact, last month we secured an important court ruling that requires the federal regulation of pesticide spraying in waterways across the country.


Conservationists Win Decision Protecting Local Water Supplies, Fisheries & Wildlife

Court Vacates Bush Rule Exempting Pesticide Application From Clean Water Act Protections
Sejal Choksi, 925-330-7757 (cell)

In yet another in a long list stinging defeats for the Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a clear rebuke against the administration’s 2006 rule which exempted certain commercial pesticide applications from the oversight provided by Congress under the Clean Water Act. The Court held that pesticide residuals and biological pesticides constitute pollutants under federal law and therefore must be regulated under the Clean Water Act in order to minimize the impact to human health and the environment.


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