Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for February 2015

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Executive Director Deb Self Announces She'll Step Down

After 11 years at San Francisco Baykeeper, Deb Self is stepping down as Executive Director as of March 1. Deb will relocate to care for an ill family member.

"It has been such a thrill and an honor to partner with our amazing community of passionate supporters, working together to protect San Francisco Bay. I can't thank you enough for all of your generous support and encouragement," Deb wrote in a special announcement of her departure to the Baykeeper community.

"Under Deb's outstanding leadership, Baykeeper has been exceptionally effective at protecting the Bay from pollution," said Diane Livia, Vice-Chair of Baykeeper's Board of Directors. "She's been a stellar leader. We could not have asked for better. And she leaves the organization in a strong position to move forward and continue to make a big impact on the health of the Bay."

Deb has been working with the Baykeeper Board of Directors for the last six months to ensure a smooth transition, and will stay engaged with Baykeeper as a member of our Advisory Board. Sejal Choksi-Chugh, Baykeeper's Program Director, will serve as Interim Executive Director while the Board conducts an executive search.

Read Deb Self's announcement of her departure from Baykeeper.

New Shore View Project to Help Protect the Bay from Sea Level Rise

Baykeeper is creating a new tool to help protect the San Francisco Bay shoreline from sea level rise, the San Francisco Bay Shore View Project.

Baykeeper is photographing the entire San Francisco Bay shoreline from our motorized patrol boat, using a remote-controlled boat mounted with a Google Trekker camera. We will use the photos to create the San Francisco Bay Shore View, a complete set of "Street View" images of the Bay shoreline.

These images will make views of the shoreline accessible to everyone. As global climate change causes sea levels to rise, Bay shorelines are at greater risk of flooding and contamination due to water levels reaching more pollution sources. San Francisco Bay Shore View will allow viewers to see threats to the ecosystem from sea level rise, industrialization, development, and habitat loss.

We'll use the San Francisco Bay Shore View in our work to defend the Bay from pollution. And it will also be available to residents, community groups, and city planners to advocate for better protections for local shorelines.

Learn more about and see media coverage of the Baykeeper Shore View Project.
(Photo Credit: Robb Most)

Join Us for Envisioning the Future of the Bay and Crab Dinner on March 8

On Sunday, March 8, San Francisco Baykeeper presents Envisioning the Future of a Healthy San Francisco Bay at the historic Dolphin Club in San Francisco, 4-8 pm.

This event will feature Baykeeper's vision for the future of a healthy Bay ecosystem, as well as short films by the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. Plus, enjoy savory Dungeness crab, sourdough bread, delicious wine from Poseidon Vineyard, and a charming deck with beautiful Bay views.

Join us to learn what can be achieved for the future of San Francisco Bay, with committed stewardship. All proceeds benefit Baykeeper's work to protect the Bay. Tickets $25-$75. See you there!

Learn more about Envisioning the Future of a Healthy San Francisco Bay and purchase tickets.
(Photo by David Wu Flickr/CC)

Join Our Recreational Shoreline Cleanup in San Rafael on March 8

GiftHelp clean up trash pollution in the San Rafael Canal on March 8, 10:00 am – 12:30 pm, from your stand up paddle board, kayak, canoe, or your own two feet.

Join Baykeeper, Jen Fuller Fitness, OnBoardSUP, Tamalpais Outrigger Club, SUP Currents, 101 Surf Sports and more to pick up and remove trash from water and land.

Launch from the 101 Surf Sports dock, 115 3rd St., San Rafael, or on land near Loch Lomond Marina. (Click for map.)

101 Surf Sports will lend participants equipment. Gloves and trash bags will be provided. And you'll have a chance to win our "weirdest item found" contest. Join us for this fun opportunity to protect the Bay you love!

San Jose Auto Dismantler Will Reduce Bay Contamination

In the latest victory for Baykeeper's Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, B2 Auto Dismantler, a San Jose auto wrecking facility, has signed a legally-binding agreement committing the company to install controls to protect San Francisco Bay from contaminated rainy-season runoff.

B2 Auto had been allowing rain to wash heavy metals into storm drains that lead to Guadalupe River and Coyote Creek, which drain into the Bay.

When Baykeeper notified B2 Auto that our investigation showed five years of runoff pollution above EPA recommended levels, the company was extremely cooperative about making improvements to prevent contamination from reaching nearby waterways.

Learn more about Baykeeper's pollution cleanup agreement with B2 Auto Dismantler.

Support Baykeeper by Eating at Seed + Salt Restaurant

For the week of February 22-March 1, Seed + Salt Restaurant in San Francisco is supporting Baykeeper, with your help.

Just visit this new organic, plant-based restaurant and mention Baykeeper. Seed + Salt will donate 5% of your purchase to support Baykeeper's work to protect the Bay.

Seed + Salt is located at 2240 Chestnut Street, San Francisco. The gluten-free, vegan menu includes seasonal salads, burgers and frittatas, soups, desserts, and more.

Thanks to Seed + Salt, and bon appetit for a healthy San Francisco Bay!

For more information, visit Seed + Salt.

Baykeeper Seeks New Executive Director

Baykeeper is seeking a visionary and effective leader to serve as Executive Director for our high-impact, standard-setting organization dedicated to protecting San Francisco Bay.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director holds overall strategic and operational responsibility for Baykeeper's personnel, programs, and performance of its mission to protect San Francisco Bay.

She/he will have the knowledge and experience needed to continue our momentum in leveraging the law and clean water policy to achieve major environmental victories with record-setting efficiency.

Please, no phone calls or emails to the Baykeeper office regarding this position.

Read the complete Executive Director job description and learn how to apply for this position.

(Photo at top by Roberto Soncin Gerometta)

New Project to Protect the Bay from Sea Level Rise