Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for April 2012

San Francisco Baykeeper E-News
Monthly Update for April 2012
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New Agreement for Clean Boatyards and a Clean Bay

SvendsensBaykeeper and Svendsen's Boat Works in Alameda have reached an agreement to reduce storm water pollution of San Francisco Bay. Baykeeper documented elevated levels of copper and zinc in runoff from Svendsen's boat repair and maintenance facility. Both of these heavy metals are toxic to salmon and other fish, and are common contaminants from boatyard operations.

"Svendsen's has agreed to significant changes in their operations and to better housekeeping to capture contaminants onsite and keep them out of the Bay," says Baykeeper Program Director Jason Flanders. "We're very pleased with Svendsen's initiative and comprehensive plan to protect the Bay from pollution."

Read more about Baykeeper's pollution cleanup victory with Svendsen's Boat Works.

Late-Season Rains Bring Sewage Spills to the Bay

mapDuring recent late-season rains, the Bay Area's dilapidated sewer systems have spilled nearly 500,000 gallons of raw and undertreated sewage into San Francisco Bay.

But relief is on the way. Baykeeper's recent legal victories require the polluting sewage agencies to make year-by-year upgrades to their crumbling infrastructure. Baykeeper is carefully watching these upgrades to make sure they do the job of protecting the Bay from sewage spills and overflows.

One way we monitor progress is by tracking Bay Area sewage spills. We've updated our interactive map of sewage spills for the 2011-2012 rainy season. View Baykeeper's sewage spill map and find out where sewage spills are polluting the Bay this year.

Celebrate a Healthy Bay at the Baykeeper Spring Party

partySupport Baykeeper's work to protect San Francisco Bay at our 2012 Spring Party! Join us for an inspiring evening to benefit our work to protect the Bay from pollution on Wednesday, May 16. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a silent auction and stunning Bay views at Waterbar Restaurant on the San Francisco Embarcadero.

Tickets are $75 and benefit Baykeeper's efforts on behalf of a healthy San Francisco Bay. Find out more about the Baykeeper Spring Party on May 16.

Join Baykeeper at the SF Giants Game on April 18

ballpark Baykeeper will be featured at the San Francisco Giants game on Wednesday, April 18. Watch the Giants take on the Phillies, enjoy views of the Bay and stop by Baykeeper's info table at the ballpark's community clubhouse. We'll be debuting a new Baykeeper video on the Jumbotron, and watch for the Baykeeper boat in McCovey Cove!

Tickets are still available! Find out more about Baykeeper at the ballpark on April 18.

Earth Day 2012: Pitch In for a Cleaner Bay

BerkeleyEarth Day is coming up on April 22, and there are lots of events happening around the Bay this year. Come out to celebrate the Bay and join a cleanup event to do your part for a healthy Bay!

We'll be at the Berkeley Bay Festival on Saturday, April 14. This free event at the Berkeley Marina will feature educational activities, music, sailboat rides and much more.

See our list of Earth Day events happening around the Bay.

City CarShare Members—Vote for Baykeeper by April 20

CCSIf you're a City CarShare member, you can help protect the Bay—and at the same time get a chance to win a year's free City CarShare membership. Just vote for Baykeeper in City CarShare's Vote Green for Earth Day contest.

The contest's winning environmental organization gets $300 in City CarShare driving credits. Baykeeper is a member of City CarShare, and we'll use those driving credits to gather evidence of pollution in the Bay, a step toward achieving cleanup. Casting your vote is free, and voting closes April 20.

Support Baykeeper in City CarShare's Vote Green for Earth Day contest.

Race a Dinghy for Baykeeper on May 5

dinghyJoin the second annual Baykeeper Cup Dinghy Race! Participants must raise $150 to support Baykeeper's work to protect the Bay. All classes of dinghies welcome. Races are held in Richardson Bay and start at Galilee Harbor in Sausalito. Celebration follows at Galilee Harbor.

Find out more about the second annual Baykeeper Cup Dinghy Race.