Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for February 2012

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San Francisco Baykeeper E-News
Monthly Update for February 2012
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Victory! Cal Waste Solutions to Clean Up Polluted Runoff

VictoryCalifornia Waste Solutions (CWS) has agreed to reduce toxic storm water runoff from a San Jose facility that sorts curbside recycling materials. Runoff from the facility drains into Coyote Creek, a key tributary to San Francisco Bay.

Baykeeper documented storm water from the CWS facility containing illegal levels of heavy metals, including copper, aluminum and lead. Baykeeper worked with CWS to determine the best solutions, and the company is now implementing key site upgrades to reduce pollution to the Bay.

Read more about our pollution cleanup victory with Cal Waste Solutions.

Baykeeper Fights Winter Sewage Spills

SewageMapDuring the rainy season, large amounts of rainwater seep into the Bay Area's crumbling sewer systems, which causes treated and untreated sewage to be spilled into the Bay or waterways that flow into the Bay. Baykeeper tracks these sewage spills each year. Read more and view Baykeeper's interactive map of 2011-12 sewage spills.

Baykeeper has compelled the region's worst-performing sewage systems to begin making upgrades to protect the Bay. A recent San Jose Mercury News article, "Small nonprofit works to reduce massive sewage spills into San Francisco Bay," featured Baykeeper's efforts to reduce sewage pollution in the Bay read the full Mercury News piece.

King Tides Preview Climate Change in the Bay

KingTideThe highest tides of this winter, called King Tides, provided a preview in December, January and February of what's in store for the Bay Area as sea levels rise due to climate change. Californians up and down the coast participated in the California King Tides Initiative, taking photos during flooding from extreme high tides and posting them online. View King Tides photos here.

The photos are used to encourage California communities to take cost-effective steps to prepare for future flooding caused by climate change. From our boat February 7, Baykeeper took photos of high water along the San Francisco waterfront and hosted TV reporters covering the story. Thanks to Baykeeper members and everyone who contributed photos this year!

America's Cup Plan Moves Forward Without Giant Floating TV

AquaticParkIn a victory for Bay swimmers, a giant floating JumboTron TV screen won't be placed in San Francisco's Aquatic Park swimming area during the upcoming America's Cup sailing races. The decision to ax the floating TV came last month when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors certified the races' environmental impact report. The vote followed a hearing where swimmers, including Baykeeper Board Chair Jeff Russell, presented convincing arguments against the diesel-powered JumboTron.

Read more about Baykeeper's advocacy to green the America's Cup.

Progress in Cleanup of Richmond Tug Oil Spill

TugTigerThe World War II-era Tiger tugboat that sank and spilled oil into the Richmond harbor in December has been raised back up. The boat has been righted and water was removed from its interior February 4. The tug no longer leaks oil, and spilled oil has been cleaned up.

The next step is to remove an estimated 52,000 gallons of oil still in the boat to prevent any further leaking. Read more about the oil spill cleanup.

Go Wild in the Kitchen and Support Healthy Salmon Fisheries

WildSalmonGo wild in the kitchen and help protect the West Coast's waters and iconic salmon. Baykeeper has joined with other Pacific Coast Waterkeepers to educate consumers about the importance of our wild salmon and the threats posed by farmed salmon. Farmed salmon expose wild fish to disease, drugs and chemicals and threaten the water quality of our oceans. Visit to learn more and get tips and recipes for preparing wild salmon.

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Check Out the Boating Scene

BoatFestWant to check out new and used sail and power boats, get info from local boating organizations, plus enjoy a free boat ride, music, food and more? Come on over to the Northern California Boat Fest, March 3, 11-5, at Alameda's Marina Village Harbor. Be sure to stop by Baykeeper's table and say hello. Join Baykeeper at the Northern California Boat Fest March 3.

Celebrate the Sea!

SFOFFJoin Baykeeper at the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival! View the beauty and mysteries of the ocean and experience the thrill of saltwater sports. Films shown at Aquarium of the Bay, the Embarcadero and Beach St., next to Pier 39. Baykeeper will have an info table at the March 9 evening program of surf-themed films. Join Baykeeper at the San Francisco Ocean Film Festival March 9.

Kick off the Kiteboarding Season!

RickshawSpring winds are just around the corner! Join us for a party to celebrate the beginning of kiteboarding season, and help support San Francisco Baykeeper's efforts to protect kiteboarders from Bay pollution. Kick off the kiteboard season with Baykeeper at the Rickshaw Stop on March 10.