Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for February 17, 2010

Help Fight Invasive Kelp in the Bay

Undaria_removalJoin us for a volunteer training this Saturday!

Saturday, Feb. 20, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Gas House Cove Marina, Gate 10
Buchanan St and Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94123
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This Saturday we'll be training volunteer dock-walkers to identify the invasive kelp Undaria pinnatifida in local marinas and collect data that will guide removal efforts.

Undaria is spreading throughout marinas in San Francisco Bay and threatening the local ecosystem. If you are interested in volunteering to help stop the spread of Undaria, please join us this Saturday. RSVP to Baykeeper Field Coordinator Rosalind Becker at or 415-856-0444 x104.

Sewage Spill Totals Make the News

As Baykeeper reported last month, millions of gallons of sewage were discharged to the Bay from sewer system overflows during recent heavy rains. As of last week, 12 million gallons in sewage spills have been reported, and 170 million gallons of partially treated sewage were released into the Bay from overflow facilities in the East Bay.

Baykeeper’s investigation and analysis of sewage spills resulting from the big January storm prompted an extensive San Francisco Chronicle feature on the issue, after a reporter and photographer joined Baykeeper staff on a boat patrol. Read the full piece.  

sewage_spills_mapOn Sunday, Baykeeper’s Executive Director Deb Self discussed the Bay’s sewage spill problem on KPFA with representatives from U.S. EPA, EBMUD, and San Francisco PUC and responded to questions and concerns from the public. Listen to the discussion.

Wintertime sewage spills continue to be a serious source of pollution in San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper is pushing forward with our city-by-city effort to address problem systems in Millbrae, San Carlos and the West Bay Sanitary District, as well as the seven satellite systems of the East Bay Municipal Utility District. Read more about Baykeeper's work to protect the Bay from sewage spills.



Delta Smelt Protected from More Pumping

delta smeltIn our ongoing coalition lawsuit to prevent overpumping in the Delta, the judge recently upheld hard-won protections for fish and denied a request for increased pumping. A number of Delta smelt were killed at the pumps last week, prompting the court to refuse a request by water districts to keep the pumps turned on. Read more about the recent ruling.

On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle featured several opinion pieces on the use of water resources in the Delta, including an environmental perspective on the importance of saving salmon from water diversions. Read the opinions.

Baykeeper is part of the coalition fighting to protect salmon and smelt from overpumping in the Delta. Read more about our work to protect fish in the Delta.

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Volunteer Training This Saturday! Help Stop Invasive Kelp