Baykeeper Press Releases

Baykeeper and East Bay Municipal Utility District urge residents not to put cooking oil and grease down the sink.
(Nov 25, 2009) Most people don’t realize that the preparation of rich holiday meals, and cleanup afterwards, can lead to sewage spills during the rainy season. Cooking foods like turkey and gravy creates fat, oil and grease that get washed down the drain during the cleanup of dishes, pots, pans and fryers. Over time, cooking oil and grease solidify into thick layers and build up on the inside of...
San Francisco Baykeeper Hosts Cleanup at India Basin Shoreline Park
(Sep 18, 2009) WHAT: Beach Cleanup at India Basin Shoreline Park WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 2009 (10 am to noon) WHERE: India Basin Shoreline Park in the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood (on Hunters Point Boulevard between Evans and Innes) WHY: Giving Help Where Help is Needed: San Francisco Baykeeper is hosting a beach cleanup at India Basin Shoreline Park to target the serious marine...
Intervention papers filed in federal court
(Aug 24, 2009) A broad coalition of fishing, environmental groups and tribes filed papers in federal court today defending California’s native salmon. The groups oppose legal efforts by commercial water users and large agricultural interests to overturn federal protections for salmon and other species. On June 4, 2009, the National Marine Fisheries Service released an 800-page plan (biological...
Fishermen, tribes, and conservationists hail decision to protect fish, jobs, and local communities
(Jun 4, 2009) Current operations of state and federal water projects in California’s Central Valley jeopardize endangered California Chinook salmon and steelhead populations, according to a biological opinion filed today by the National Marine Fisheries Service. Today’s announcement also finds that current water operations jeopardize killer whales, which rely on Sacramento River salmon as a major...
Baykeeper Urges State Action to Protect Imperiled Fisheries
(Apr 1, 2009) The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could weigh industry costs when establishing environmental protections for power plants with cooling water intake structures. The Court’s ruling states that a cost-benefit analysis is not categorically forbidden by the Clean Water Act, leaving it to the new Obama Administration to decide whether and...
Court Vacates Bush Rule Exempting Pesticide Application From Clean Water Act Protections
(Jan 7, 2009) In yet another in a long list stinging defeats for the Bush’s Environmental Protection Agency, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals today issued a clear rebuke against the administration’s 2006 rule which exempted certain commercial pesticide applications from the oversight provided by Congress under the Clean Water Act. The Court held that pesticide residuals and biological pesticides...
Nancy Sutley’s experience in California, a lead state on environmental issues like climate change, makes her an ideal choice for the post.
(Dec 11, 2008) California environmental leaders learned Wednesday that one of their own, Nancy Sutley, could be tapped to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality. Sutley currently serves as the deputy mayor for energy and environment in Los Angeles and previously served on the California State Water Resources Control Board, which is responsible for managing California’s water...
Baykeeper Secures Agreement from Burlingame to Improve Sewage System, Files Two New Sewage Lawsuits Against Hillsborough and the Burlingame Hills Area
(Aug 20, 2008) Frequent sewage spills in Burlingame will soon be reduced through a new agreement with San Francisco Baykeeper to make substantial improvements to sewage operations. The pollution watchdog group sued the City for Clean Water Act violations in February after investigations revealed that Burlingame spills thousands of gallons of raw sewage from its sewer lines every year and uses an...
EPA must now regulate ship ballast discharges under the Clean Water Act
(Jul 23, 2008) Dealing a setback to the shipping industry, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of environmental organizations seeking to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to regulate ship discharges under the Clean Water Act. The decision follows a 2005 lower court ruling that EPA had illegally exempted ship discharges from Clean Water Act requirements. That...
The pollution watchdog group also co-sponsors bill to reduce sewage spills
(Jun 5, 2008) San Francisco Baykeeper just announced its intent to enforce the Clean Water Act against the Town of Hillsborough and the Burlingame Hills area of San Mateo County for sewage spills. A recently completed investigation of the Hillsborough and Burlingame Hills sewer systems revealed that these poorly maintained and operated systems suffer from high rates of spills to nearby creeks and...

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