Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for July 21, 2010

Baykeeper Secures Agreement to Reduce Millbrae Sewage Spills

baykeeper wins sewage caseSan Francisco Baykeeper has successfully settled our lawsuit against the City of Millbrae for spilling thousands of gallons of raw sewage in violation of the Clean Water Act. Under our agreement, Millbrae will significantly upgrade its sewer system to curb sewage spills to local creeks and the Bay.

This is the latest in Baykeeper's series of successful lawsuits to address a protracted regional problem of sewage spills in San Mateo County cities, including San Carlos and Burlingame; we are continuing to press for improvements in San Bruno, South San Francisco and the West Bay Sanitation District through our ongoing lawsuits.

Read more about our new settlement and Baykeeper's ongoing campaign to stop sewage spills to the Bay.

Baykeeper Continues Gulf Oil Spill Response Initiative

baykeeper supports saveourgulf.orgBaykeeper continues to work with the Waterkeeper Alliance and the Gulf Coast Waterkeepers to assist with the response to the ongoing BP oil disaster. We are also consulting with U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer to provide our technical expertise on three new pieces of oil spill response legislation that aim to improve accountability for the U.S. Coast Guard and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.

A tenuous cap has been placed on the gushing well, but already as much as 325 million gallons of oil have been released into the Gulf. Our sister Waterkeepers on the Gulf Coast are now coping with hundreds of miles of oiled shorelines, severely damaged habitats and injured or dead wildlife. Please support their efforts by making a gift today at

Volunteers Needed to Help Stop Invasive Kelp in the Bay

undaria removal in San francisco bayThis Saturday, July 24, 9:00 a.m. to noon
Gate 14 at Gashouse Cove
San Francisco, CA 94123
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The Asian kelp Undaria pinnatifida is fast spreading throughout marinas in San Francisco Bay and threatening the local ecosystem. Baykeeper is working with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center to organize volunteers who monitor local docks and marinas and collect data that will guide removal efforts.

This Saturday, join us to volunteer at Gashouse Cove Marina. RSVP to Vanessa Guerra at or (925) 395-7082.




Art Show to Benefit Baykeeper on Friday, July 30

baykeeper art show benefitFriday, July 30, 7:00 p.m.
Sudachi Sushi
1217 Sutter Street (at Polk), San Francisco
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Dan Rojales and Chad Hasegawa present an art show devoted to the marine environment and benefiting San Francisco Baykeeper. Both artists grew up in Hawaii and have lived in San Francisco for 10 years, where the Bay and ocean provide inspiration for Dan's fish sculptures and Chad's abstract paintings.

The artists will generously donate 10% of sales of their works to Baykeeper. Stop by to enjoy a live DJ and $2 pints, and support San Francisco Baykeeper!

TransBay Relay Benefit Swim: Register Now!

baykeeper benefit swim transbay relay

Are you an open water swimmer who loves the Bay? Baykeeper is pleased to announce the first inaugural TRANSBAY RELAY, a noncompetitive relay swim to benefit San Francisco Baykeeper's work to protect the Bay. On Sunday, September 19, three-person relay teams will swim nine miles from the Golden Gate to the East Bay, raising $1,000 per team to support Baykeeper.

Click here for more details and register today!

The Baykeeper Boat Gets a Non-Toxic Paint Job

baykeeper boat gets non-toxic paint jobThe Baykeeper boat recently underwent some routine maintenance and cleaning, in addition to receiving a brand new paint job with non-toxic hull paint. Most hull paints contain copper, zinc, bisphenol-A or other toxins that leach into the water and harm the marine environment. Our new green hull paint is an anti-fouling non-copper epoxy that's easy to maintain with regular hull cleaning.

Now the Baykeeper boat is back on the water and ready to patrol!



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