Baykeeper Updates Related to Wetland Protection

Monthly Column: November 1, 2018
If you’ve travelled by plane over the Bay Area, you may have seen the bright red, orange, and yellow ponds in south San Francisco Bay. They look pretty and calm, but they’re actually the site of a battle between those who want to restore the area to wetlands and large corporate interests...
Blog Post: July 27, 2018
San Francisco Bay’s Suisun Marsh is one of the largest marshes on the West Coast, providing rich habitat for fish, birds, and other wildlife—including river otters like the one pictured here. Suisun Marsh also hosts over 100 wetlands that are privately owned by duck hunting clubs. San Francisco...
Monthly Column: May 1, 2018
If you’re a Bay Area voter, congratulations! Your vote has begun making a difference for San Francisco Bay. Two years ago, an overwhelming majority of Bay Area voters showed how much they love the Bay by passing Measure AA. The measure created new funding for the restoration of the Bay’s wetlands...
BK In The News: March 20, 2018
The battle of Point Buckler Island isn’t over yet... Erica Maharg of San Francisco​ ​Baykee​​per, which provided testimony​ ​at the agencies’ administrative hearings, says the nonprofit was “extremely disappointed and shocked by the trial court decision.”
BK In The News: February 7, 2018
In January the Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board appealed decisions by a Solano County Superior Court Judge voiding $3.6 million in fines and cleanup and restoration requirements that the agencies imposed on the island’s owner...
BK In The News: December 15, 2016
A regional water board voted late Wednesday to fine the owner of a small island in the Suisun Marsh $2.8 million on allegations he filled in wetlands to the detriment of fish, wildlife and water quality... Erica Maharg, attorney for the San Francisco Baykeeper environmental group, said earlier the...
BK In The News: September 26, 2016
Environmentalists are heading warily into the fall following two regulatory developments that they fear may cramp efforts to protect California’s wetlands. . . Baykeeper Managing Attorney Erica Maharg said, "Wetlands are vitally important to the health of nearby surface waters and it is extremely...
Blog Post: September 12, 2016
Baykeeper recently took new action in a long-running fight to prevent development on 1,365 acres of former south San Francisco Bay wetlands. The area, used for decades to manufacture salt, is known as the Cargill salt ponds. Cargill, Inc. and a developer, DMB Redwood City Saltworks, are trying to...
Monthly Column: August 1, 2016
After the owner of Point Buckler Island filled its wetlands and tidal marshes without proper permits, authorities ordered him to restore the island’s important wetland ecosystem. They also levied a fine of $4.6 million for damage to the 39-acre island, which is located in Suisun Bay, a major inlet...
Blog Post: June 9, 2016
After the owner of 39-acre Point Buckler Island, located in Suisun Bay, filled the island’s wetlands and tidal marshes without proper permits, authorities levied a fine of $4.6 million and ordered him to restore the island’s important wetland ecosystem. In recent media coverage, the landowner...

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