Baykeeper Updates Related to Sick of Sewage

Featured Stories: November 24, 2017
For San Francisco Bay, the rainy season can bring a surge of pollution from sewage. Often the cause is the cooking and cleanup of rich foods, particularly holiday meals. Cooking rich foods like turkey, roasts, gravy, and desserts creates fats, oil, and grease that get washed down the drain during...
Blog Post: February 12, 2018
If you encounter a sewage spill in Oakland—or have reported a spill to city officials in the past—please report it to Baykeeper. Recent news investigations found that Oakland officials failed to report spills of hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage and may have falsified data. Baykeeper and...
BK In The News: January 9, 2018
Oakland has failed to report hundreds of thousands of gallons of toxic sewage spills that have sickened animals, damaged property, and polluted waterways, including Lake Temescal... Parties to the 2014 consent decree, like the environmental group San Francisco Baykeeper, which has worked to protect...
BK In The News: November 1, 2017
Federal and state officials are investigating whether the city of Alameda has violated a court order to keep raw sewage from flowing into the bay... "We read it as there's a trigger for getting the lines replaced," said Baykeeper's Executive Director Sejal Choksi-Chugh. "The building permits should...
Blog Post: May 11, 2017
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.  As a...
BK In The News: May 3, 2017
Seven years after San Carlos promised to reduce the number of city sewer overflows in a settlement agreement with San Francisco Baykeeper, the nonprofit has deemed the city’s sewer system improvements meet its standards for protecting Bay Area waterways. Increasing the size of more than 18,000 feet...
BK In The News: February 24, 2017
The record-setting year of rain in the Bay Area is making for an equally extreme year for sanitary sewer overflows... “People who come into contact with this may have upper respiratory infections, skin infections, things like that,” said Erica Maharg with SF Baykeeper.
BK In The News: February 21, 2017
The heavy storms that washed away California’s drought this season have come with a side effect: large slugs of pollution and sewage washing into San Francisco Bay and the Delta... “The storms absolutely are a time of high pollution into the bay,” said Ian Wren, a staff scientist at San Francisco...
BK In The News: August 1, 2016
San Francisco Bay is a draw for people who love water sports from swimming to kayaking to windsurfing. But some beaches on the Bay are contaminated by fecal pathogens, threatening the health of those who come for fun in and on the water. Now, spurred by new regulations for bacteria on our beaches,...
BK In The News: July 25, 2016
An employee released 952,000 gallons of partially treated sewage — enough to fill 50 backyard swimming pools — by accident into San Francisco Bay. “It’s disappointing,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Baykeeper executive director. “When you have human error, it’s really unfortunate. 950,000 gallons is a...

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