Stopping Copper Pollution in San Francisco Bay

Baykeeper is advocating for stronger regulations on boat coatings to protect fish and other wildlife from the toxic effects of copper contamination.

Copper is a powerful biocide commonly found in specialized boat coatings that prevents algae, barnacles, and other sea life from growing on boat hulls. These “anti-fouling” paints are widely used by both commercial and non-commercial boaters to prevent sea life from attaching to boat hulls, where they can damage the hulls and decrease a vessel’s speed.

New Victory to Help Prevent Drug Pollution in the Bay

Baykeeper is celebrating a new victory that will help prevent pharmaceutical contamination of San Francisco Bay. Contra Costa County recently passed an ordinance requiring drug makers to cover the cost of safe disposal of prescription medications.

This law will help prevent leftover pharmaceuticals from being flushed down the toilet or sink, where they travel through the sewage system and into the Bay. It will also help keep drugs out of the trash, where they can enter the Bay through landfill runoff.

Volunteers clean-up Alameda Estuary following storms


Dozens of volunteers gathered at the Alameda estuary Saturday to take care of one of the negative results of last week’s storms. “The timing of this cleanup is perfect this year mainly because the big storms pushed a lot of trash into the bay and on to the shore line,” said San Francisco bay keeper Sejal Choksi-Chugh.


Coal Developer Challenges Oakland’s Coal Ban

In June 2016, the Oakland City Council took an historic step and unanimously approved an ordinance banning coal from being handled and stored in the City of Oakland. Despite broad local support for the City’s bold decision to strongly protect public health, the developer of a proposed new shipping terminal is now challenging the ban, calling the city’s ordinance an abuse of power and violation of federal laws that regulate commerce and shipping.

More Water for Healthy Fish and a Healthy Estuary

In the face of alarming signs of ecosystem collapse in parts of the San Francisco Bay-Delta Estuary, Baykeeper is advocating in support of increasing freshwater flows to the Bay and Delta from the San Joaquin River. Currently, most of the water in the San Joaquin and its tributaries is diverted for use by agriculture and human consumption, leaving too little to support healthy habitat in the Bay and Delta.

An Ecosystem Starved For Water

Oakland Asphalt Recycler Agrees to Keep Polluted Runoff out of the Bay

Baykeeper is celebrating a new victory to stop pollution in San Francisco Bay. We recently reached an agreement with a polluting industrial facility, Asphalt Shingle Recyclers, to keep contaminated rainy-season runoff from flowing off its Oakland property into Bay tributaries.

Asphalt Shingle Recyclers, LLC, recycles concrete, asphalt shingles, and other construction debris. The facility discharges storm water into a ditch outside its northern perimeter that empties into East Creek Slough. The slough connects to San Leandro Bay, an inlet of San Francisco Bay.

Baykeeper Fights Refineries for Stronger Controls on Selenium Pollution in the Bay

North Bay

Baykeeper is urging the State Water Board and Environmental Protection Agency to limit the amount of toxic selenium allowed in San Francisco Bay. Bay Area oil refineries are the region’s largest source of selenium in the Bay, but refinery representatives have undermined efforts to institute stronger controls on this dangerous toxin.

Message from Baykeeper's Executive Director

A special message from Baykeeper's Executive Director on the election:

Dear friends,

I’m guessing you feel as shocked and worried as I do. The election results have made this a time of uncertainty for all of us who support the environment, equality, and social justice.   

But amid the concerns, I’m also proud to be fighting the good fight for San Francisco Bay alongside you. You are a force for goodness and sanity. And now more than ever, your community and your country need you.


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