Baykeeper Updates Related to Dredging

Blog Post: April 17, 2020
A new plan by the US Army Corps of Engineers to dredge deeper shipping channels in San Francisco Bay could hurt the Bay—and the health of the people who live here, too.  The plan would connect Bay Area refineries to the Golden Gate with tanker-worthy corridors. At first glance, it may seem like...
BK In The News: April 16, 2020
Drive east along Interstate 80, past the Phillips 66 refinery in Rodeo, and you can see that the Bay Area remains very much embedded in the fossil fuel economy. And if the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has its way, we may well be doubling down on that relationship... Additionally, according to...
BK In The News: August 28, 2019
A major oil spill in one of the nation’s most economically important waterways could become more likely unless a plan to dredge two San Francisco Bay channels less frequently is reconsidered... "That kind of catastrophe can obviously have very intense environmental impacts," attorney Erica Maharg...
BK In The News: June 27, 2019
The Sierra Club and four other environmental groups sent the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers a public comment letter Monday objecting to the agency's plan to dredge a 13-mile channel.. In addition to the Sierra Club and Center for Biological Diversity, groups signing the letter are Communities for a...
BK In The News: June 25, 2019
OAKLAND, Calif.— Public-interest groups filed a joint letter Monday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers strongly warning against efforts to dredge a deeper channel through San Francisco Bay... “The Corps has failed to fully disclose the project’s impacts,” said Erica Maharg, managing attorney for...
Press Release: June 25, 2019
OAKLAND, Calif.— Public-interest groups filed a joint letter Monday with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers strongly warning against efforts to dredge a deeper channel through San Francisco Bay. The Army Corps’ proposal would result in a 13-mile dredging project designed to make it easier for oil...
Blog Post: February 8, 2019
Dredgers in San Francisco Bay are using outdated dredging methods to keep shipping channels open. As a result, they are harming wetlands and killing endangered fish. The Army Corps of Engineers—which does about 70% of the Bay’s dredging—uses hydraulic technology that vacuums up endangered fish....
Blog Post: July 23, 2018
If you’ve spent time on San Francisco Bay you’ve probably seen dredging in action in the form of large barges scooping up mud from the Bay floor. Dredgers perform an essential function: they clear channels for large ships to keep them from getting stuck in the Bay’s shallow waters. But there’s a...
BK In The News: November 27, 2015
The California State Lands Commission failed to consider potential impacts to public trust resources when it approved a project allowing a company to mine sand from the bottom of San Francisco Bay, a state appellate court said. The Nov. 18 ruling from California's First Appellate District handed...
Monthly Column: August 3, 2015
What if the Bay Area had no beaches where our kids could play, no wetlands protecting our shorelines and no more smelt swimming in our waters?  Every year, millions of cubic feet of sand and mud—enough to fill the Transamerica Building ten times—are dredged up from the floor of San Francisco Bay....

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