Baykeeper Updates Related to Urban Storm Water

BK In The News: March 2, 2020
An environmental watchdog group has filed lawsuits against the cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale alleging that the cities' aging sewer systems are leaking bacteria from human feces into stormwater drainage systems, contaminating local creeks and ultimately the Bay. Over the past few rainy...
Monthly Column: March 1, 2020
During the last few rainy seasons, Baykeeper’s scientists spent many weeks scrambling down hillsides and wading into mud to collect water samples from storm drain outfalls. Our field team was looking for the source of pollution to South Bay creeks and rivers that feed into San Francisco Bay. We...
BK In The News: February 26, 2020
San Francisco Baykeeper, an organization that’s been monitoring pollution in the Bay for 30 years, has filed a lawsuit against the cities of Sunnyvale and Mountain View for water samples showing bacterial contamination 50 times higher than legal limits. Over the last couple of years, during both...
Blog Post: February 8, 2020
Baykeeper’s field team has been busy investigating the causes of pollution to South Bay creeks and rivers that feed into San Francisco Bay. During the last few rainy seasons, our scientists spent many weeks scrambling down hillsides and wading into mud to collect water samples from storm drain...
BK In The News: February 6, 2020
San Francisco Baykeeper is suing two California cities in federal district court for alleged violations of their Clean Water Act (CWA) municipal separate storm sewer system (MS4) permits by allowing discharges of bacteria pollution into numerous local waterways including South San Francisco Bay....
Blog Post: April 15, 2019
Bay Area roadways, as we’ve all seen firsthand, are heavily littered with trash. And most of the trash you see along the highway is headed right for San Francisco Bay. That’s because Caltrans, the agency responsible for keeping freeways and highways clean, has been failing to do their job. Caltrans...
Blog Post: October 10, 2018
San Jose’s creeks and rivers have some of the worst trash and bacteria pollution in the Bay Area. When Baykeeper first discovered the city’s high pollution levels several years ago, San Jose was not addressing the root causes related to their faulty storm water system. Our Staff Scientist...
BK In The News: January 20, 2018
MARTINEZ (KPIX) — Kelly O’Connell had no idea there was a large county storm drain pipe running under her property – until it started disintegrating. Water from the leaking pipe has left cracks and a sinkhole in her Pacheco backyard, and the ground around it is mushy... Ian Wren, a staff scientist...
Featured Stories: August 31, 2016
In a breakthrough victory to protect San Francisco Bay from polluted runoff, Baykeeper secured a legally binding agreement requiring the city of San Jose to keep trash, sewage, and other pollution out of San Francisco Bay.   This is major progress and far beyond what San Jose was doing. In fact, it...
BK In The News: June 16, 2016
San Jose must reduce the pollutants discharged into surrounding waterways as part of a $100 million settlement with San Francisco Baykeeper. . . Baykeeper staff Attorney Erica Maharg said the legal agreement "sets up San Jose as a model for how municipalities control stormwater pollution while...

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