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Ancient Underwater Mountains in the Bay

For millennia, the body of water we now call San Francisco Bay was brimming with oysters—so many that their discarded shells formed little mountains and ridges below the surface. Then things...

SF Baykeeper Supports Efforts by CA Tribes and Community Groups to Ask Gov Newsom to Complete Bay-Delta Water Conservation Plan

San Francisco Baykeeper submitted a letter in support of a petition filed last month with the California Water Resources Control Board by the Winnemem Wintu Tribe, Shingle Springs Band of Miwok...

Baykeeper Files SCOTUS Brief to Defend Clean Water Act Protection for Waters of Significant National Importance

  New York, NY, June 16, 2022—Waterkeeper Alliance, San Francisco Baykeeper, Bayou City Waterkeeper, and 47 additional Waterkeeper groups from across the country filed an amicus brief with...

Baykeeper Petitions State to Reject SF Water Board’s Weak Rules for Urban Stormwater

OAKLAND, CA—Today, San Francisco Baykeeper brought a formal petition to Governor Newsom’s administration, asking the California State Water Resources Control Board to intervene and reject the...

Regional Water Board Approves Weak Pollution and Trash Rules for Urban Stormwater

Today, the SF Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board approved its Municipal Regional Stormwater Permit, which is supposed to reduce the trash, metals, and bacteria that Bay Area cities discharge...

An Epic 24-Hour Swim—With Whales & Wine

At 9pm on April 30, swimmers from an open water relay team jumped into the inky black waters of the Napa River and embarked on an epic journey to San Francisco’s Aquatic Park. The 36-mile swim was...

Dramatic Nineteen-hour, Overnight SF Bay Swim Benefits San Francisco Baykeeper

Dramatic Video of Swimmer at Daybreak on the Bay   What:  A six person relay team of open water swimmers will enter the Napa River from Poseidon Vineyard in Napa, and then emerge...

Take Action to Clean Up the Bay's Toxic Sites

There are thousands of toxic sites across California—and many of them pose a direct threat to public health and the environment. More than a thousand of those toxic hotspots are right here along the...

Billionaires or Big Oil: No One Is Above the Law

Northern Californians are likely familiar with the legal battle to protect public access to Martin’s Beach on the San Mateo coast, where a billionaire landowner tried to close off this beloved...

Baykeeper Statement: CA Court Rules Metal Shredder Waste is Hazardous Material, Closing Loophole and Protecting Health of Bay and Bayshore Communities

Oakland—The Superior Court of California, Alameda County, ruled yesterday that the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) must regulate toxic metal shredder waste from Schnitzer...

Baykeeper Response: Benicia Fire Dept on Cause of Fire at Port of Benicia

Benicia Fire Chief Josh Chadwick released a statement today on the preliminary findings of the investigation into the cause of the Benicia Port Fire.  Preliminary findings indicate that the...

Fire at Port of Benicia Harms Bay, Threatens Benicia Residents

Benicia, CA—A four alarm fire broke out at the Port of Benicia Saturday, April 9. San Francisco Baykeeper, which is currently taking legal action against the port and the Valero refinery over Clean...


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