Latest Baykeeper News and Information

Monthly Column: April 3, 2019
Three decades ago, media reports warned that San Francisco Bay was dying.  Anti-pollution laws were not being enforced. Polluters were dumping waste into the Bay with no fear of detection. The Bay was being slowly poisoned and there was no relief in sight.   Until 1989, when research scientist Dr....
Blog Post: April 2, 2019
California’s water wars are often framed as fish versus Big Ag. But a new study reveals just how much fish are losing out. Lobbyists for industrial agriculture and big cities, including some in the Bay Area, have warped the debate around water use in California.   They claim that protections for...
BK In The News: April 2, 2019
Thirty years ago, citizens concerned that industries and cities were polluting San Francisco Bay without consequence stepped forward and, with the help of donors, launched a nonprofit that has served for the three decades since as the chief environmental watchdog of our great estuary. Today, San...
Blog Post: March 29, 2019
Our children’s San Francisco Bay could be vastly different from what we know today. Rising water levels in the Bay are likely to inundate toxic hotspots, industrial facilities, and sewage treatment plants—spreading pollution throughout the watershed. Warming Bay waters may cause toxic algae blooms...
BK In The News: March 28, 2019
San Francisco Bay’s watershed stretches from the granite tips of the Sierra Nevada to the Golden Gate, covering almost 60,000 square miles and nearly 40 percent of California. Half of California’s surface water supply falls as rain or snow within the watershed, frequently as “ephemeral” or...
BK In The News: March 27, 2019
How the nonprofit group Baykeeper monitors polluters in Bay Area waters... The greenish brown water laps at walls of concrete on each side of the estuary. On the west is the waterfront property of Manson Construction, a marine construction and dredging company that has stacked a paved site with...
BK In The News: March 25, 2019
When grower Brad Goehring looks across his rows of grapes, he can’t help but see a pool of murky water that breaks the rhythm of his vines, which otherwise stretch steadily into the Sierra foothills... “It’s not just academic,” said Erica Maharg, managing attorney for San Francisco Baykeeper,...
BK In The News: March 25, 2019
Earth Day Estuary Cleanup: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 20, Jack London Aquatic Center, 115 Embarcadero, Oakland. Help remove garbage from the Oakland Estuary with cleanup teams working on water and land. Volunteers who want to get out on the water can bring their own watercraft and paddle to hard-to-reach...
BK In The News: March 21, 2019
The winter kicked off with the State Water Resources Control Board’s December vote to adopt increased flow objectives ... “Governor Newsom has staked out turf against the Trump Administration,” says San Francisco Baykeeper’s Jon Rosenfield. ”Water management and endangered species are going to be...
BK In The News: March 21, 2019
... “If resource agencies cannot rely on long-term funding, they cannot implement long-term monitoring programs, which means we cannot track long-term trends. And if we cannot track trends we won’t know if our ecosystems are changing — and that seems to be the intent of the federal bureaucracy...

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