Baykeeper and Svendsen's Boat Works in Alameda have reached an agreement to reduce storm water pollution of San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper documented elevated levels of copper and zinc in runoff from Svendsen's boat repair and maintenance facility. Both of these heavy metals are toxic to salmon and other fish, and are common contaminants from boatyard operations.
"Svendsen's has agreed to significant changes in their operations and to better housekeeping to capture contaminants onsite and keep them out of the Bay," says Baykeeper Program Director Jason Flanders. "We're very pleased with Svendsen's initiative and comprehensive plan to protect the Bay from pollution."
During recent late-season rains, the Bay Area's dilapidated sewer systems have spilled nearly 500,000 gallons of raw and undertreated sewage into San Francisco Bay.
But relief is on the way. Baykeeper's recent legal victories require the polluting sewage agencies to make year-by-year upgrades to their crumbling infrastructure. Baykeeper is carefully watching these upgrades to make sure they do the job of protecting the Bay from sewage spills and overflows.
Celebrate a Healthy Bay at the Baykeeper Spring Party
Support Baykeeper's work to protect San Francisco Bay at our 2012 Spring Party! Join us for an inspiring evening to benefit our work to protect the Bay from pollution on Wednesday, May 16. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and stunning Bay views at Waterbar Restaurant on the San Francisco Embarcadero.
Baykeeper will be featured at the San Francisco Giants game on Wednesday, April 18. Watch the Giants take on the Phillies, enjoy views of the Bay and stop by Baykeeper's info table at the ballpark's community clubhouse. We'll be debuting a new Baykeeper video on the Jumbotron, and watch for the Baykeeper boat in McCovey Cove!
City CarShare Members—Vote for Baykeeper by April 20
If you're a City CarShare member, you can help protect the Bay—and at the same time get a chance to win a year's free City CarShare membership. Just vote for Baykeeper in City CarShare's Vote Green for Earth Day contest.
The contest's winning environmental organization gets $300 in City CarShare driving credits. Baykeeper is a member of City CarShare, and we'll use those driving credits to gather evidence of pollution in the Bay, a step toward achieving cleanup. Casting your vote is free, and voting closes April 20.
Join the second annual Baykeeper Cup Dinghy Race! Participants must raise $150 to support Baykeeper's work to protect the Bay. All classes of dinghies welcome. Races are held in Richardson Bay and start at Galilee Harbor in Sausalito. Celebration follows at Galilee Harbor.