Baykeeper Updates Related to Toxic Pollutants

BK In The News: May 3, 2019
For the third time in the last five years, Phillips 66 plans to pay to settle accusations that its Rodeo refinery released chlorine into San Pablo Bay... "These chlorine discharges are very serious for fish and other aquatic life in the area," said Erica Maharg, managing attorney at San Francisco...
BK In The News: December 13, 2018
Pharmaceuticals are pouring into the Bay, even if we never flush pills. Compounds in painkillers and other common oral drugs are still excreted from our bodies, routed through wastewater treatment plants that can’t remove them completely, then discharged to the Bay where they may harm marine life...
BK In The News: December 11, 2018
The Trump administration laid out plans Tuesday to roll back Obama-era rules protecting isolated streams and wetlands from industrial pollution... “This rolls back significantly regulations protecting wetlands, intermittent streams and headwaters, where streams start,” said Erica Maharg, the...
BK In The News: November 20, 2018
Word of rain returning to the Bay Area brings much-needed relief from the smoke that has lingered now for a couple of weeks...  "The drinking water systems do filter out these types of pollutants and toxins," San Francisco Baykeeper Executive Director Sejal Choksi-Chugh said.  The San Francisco...
Blog Post: October 17, 2018
People who eat fish caught in San Francisco Bay are exposed to toxic substances because polluters regularly contaminate the Bay with dangerous substances like mercury, dioxins, and PCBs.  The Bay Area is home to native tribes whose members follow traditional fishing practices and people who...
BK In The News: September 26, 2018
Angling from boats or Bay shorelines remains a popular pastime, and even a source of subsistence...  Still, says Ian Wren, a staff scientist with the nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper, cities bordering the Bay should make better use of swales, infiltration basins, and other landscape features to...
Featured Stories: July 11, 2018
Baykeeper recently hosted two National Geographic researchers aboard the Baykeeper boat for two days of collecting samples of plastic pollution in San Francisco Bay. The data from the samples will be compiled for National Geographic’s multi-year Planet or Plastic? initiative. U.C. Santa Cruz ocean...
BK In The News: May 24, 2018
Unknown perpetrators have thrown at least two electric motor scooters into San Francisco Bay, according to an environmental watchdog group.  San Francisco Baykeeper, a nonprofit guarding the bay from pollution since 1989, recently held e-scooter company Lime to task on social media, asking the...
Blog Post: November 10, 2017
The devastating wildfires that swept through Napa and Sonoma last month have caused unprecedented damage to families, homes, and businesses. Unfortunately, the disaster also poses a new threat to San Francisco Bay in the form of toxic ash washing into local rivers and creeks that drain to the Bay...
BK In The News: November 2, 2017
With a wet weekend on the horizon, the first since the devastating North Bay wildfires, officials at state and local agencies are worrying about what winter rains will carry into the bay. "We are really concerned about all the toxins," said Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Executive Director of San Francisco...

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