Baykeeper Updates Related to Pesticides

BK In The News: August 2, 2017
A new regulation aimed at improving the water quality of two tributaries that run into San Pablo Bay means vineyard owners in those watersheds will have to obtain new permits... “We believe the final rule approved by the regional board was a good first step and was overdue,” said Sejal Choksi-Chugh...
Blog Post: July 17, 2017
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...
BK In The News: October 3, 2016
A policy rider in an appropriations bill in Congress to end permit requirements to spray pesticides on waters to control mosquitoes, is drawing the ire of nearly 150 environmental groups, including SF Baykeeper.
Blog Post: October 31, 2012
Baykeeper recommends you vote Yes on Proposition 37, the statewide initiative that requires genetically engineered food sold in California to be labeled. Prop 37’s passage will empower Californians to choose whether or not to eat food and drink beverages containing genetically engineered...
Blog Post: September 5, 2012
Chemicals that kill algae and other water weeds shouldn’t be put into California waters unless there is a clear need, Baykeeper recently told regulators. Baykeeper made our recommendation as part of the State Water Resources Control Board’s process for updating California regulations requiring...
Blog Post: June 25, 2012
A recent San Francisco Chronicle article falsely suggests that new federal regulations on pesticides are contributing to the spread of West Nile virus. State vector control agencies—the officials responsible for controlling mosquitoes that carry the virus—are quoted saying the regulations are...
Blog Post: October 28, 2011
Hard-won pesticide protections for creeks, rivers, fish and wildlife could be jeopardized by recent exaggerated cost estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The agency has suggested that the cost of implementing new rules on aquatic pesticide applications is almost $50...
Featured Stories: October 28, 2011
Pesticides are one of the primary contaminants to Bay Area creeks and are toxic to the aquatic life that forms the base of San Francisco Bay’s food web. Many pesticides are marketed to consumers as safe for the environment and public health, yet generation after generation are found to have caused...
Blog Post: August 29, 2011
Baykeeper recently advocated for stronger Pesticide Action Plans in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Entities that use pesticides in and around waterways to control disease-carrying insects are required to submit a Pesticide Action Plan for approval by the State Water Board prior to any...
Blog Post: July 20, 2011
Baykeeper is currently opposing a new proposal by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) that would severely limit environmental oversight of pesticide applications throughout the state. CDFA, which oversees pesticide use in California, has proposed a "Programmatic Environmental...

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