Baykeeper Press Releases

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...
Organizations Respond to Release of Phase II U.S. Coast Guard Review of Cosco Busan Oil Spill
(May 16, 2008) The California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA), a coalition of 12 Waterkeeper groups spanning the coast from the Oregon border to San Diego, and San Francisco Baykeeper today called on the U.S. Coast Guard and the State of California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response to work with the public and lawmakers to improve oil spill preparedness and response in the San Francisco Bay...
Groups say delta water project operations must protect water supply for fish and people
(Apr 16, 2008) A federal judge has invalidated a water plan that would have allowed more pumping from the San Francisco Bay Delta at the expense of five species of protected salmon and steelhead trout. Fishing and conservation groups and a California tribe called the ruling a victory for the millions of Californians who depend on the delta for drinking water, fishing jobs and agriculture. The...
(Feb 27, 2008) Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the case surrounding the Exxon Valdez oil spill. In 1987, the tanker Exxon Valdez spilled tens of millions of gallons of Alaskan crude oil into Prince William Sound. The Court will hear arguments from Exxon about why it should not have to pay the $5 billion liability award imposed by an Anchorage jury in 1994. The High Court’...
Groups assert that polluting dairies must be regulated under the federal clean water act
(Feb 15, 2008) Environmental groups today challenged the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Board’s flawed regulation of dairy operations in the Central Valley. The Regional Board recently issued permits that do not adequately protect the Valley’s waterways from pollution caused by large dairy operations and do not comply with the federal Clean Water Act. “Dairies in the Central Valley are a...
New Initiative Aims to Stop Sewage Spills
(Feb 11, 2008) After over a decade of efforts to stop sewage spills in the Bay Area, today Baykeeper launched its Sick of Sewage Initiative to rein in the Bay’s sewage spill problem. The initiative will involve: launching a number of investigations of sewage agencies with a history of sewage spills filing lawsuits to compel system-wide improvements conducting a public education campaign for how...
Organizations Respond to Release of Phase I U.S. Coast Guard Review of Cosco Busan Oil Spill
(Jan 28, 2008) The California Coastkeeper Alliance (CCKA), a coalition of 12 Waterkeeper groups spanning the coast from the Oregon border to San Diego, and San Francisco Baykeeper today called on the U.S. Coast Guard and the State of California’s Office of Spill Prevention and Response to work with the public and lawmakers to improve oil spill preparedness and response in the San Francisco Bay...
(Dec 13, 2007) Who: San Francisco Baykeeper and Assemblyman Jared Huffman What: Town Hall Meeting on Government and Community Response to the Cosco Busan Oil Spill Where: Stinson Beach Community Center When: Saturday, December 15 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Stinson Beach, CA – Baykeeper is analyzing how well oil response plans worked to protect sensitive areas like Bolinas Lagoon. Baykeeper and...
Baykeeper and East Bay Municipal Utility District urge residents not to put cooking oil and grease down the sink
(Nov 21, 2007) The holidays are just around the corner, and many Bay Area residents are gearing up for special meals – with buttery foods, turkeys and homemade gravy. Food-focused holidays challenge not only waistlines but, surprisingly, local sewer lines. This year, Baykeeper and EBMUD urge residents to protect their homes and the Bay by keeping fats, oil and grease out of pipes and visiting one...

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