Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for May 2015

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Monthly Update for May 2015
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Excitement Builds for the Bay Parade on May 31—Join In!

Calling all swimmers, stand-up paddlers, sailors, kayakers, canoers, surfers, and Bay enthusiasts! Join us in the second annual Bay Parade on May 31.

Join in for the Bay Parade's 1.5 mile swim or 3.5 mile paddle and sail. Aquatic costumes, decorated boats, noisemakers, and team rivalries encouraged. The parade finale will be featured on the AT&T Park Jumbotron at the start of the Giants game!

Your participation supports Baykeeper's work for a healthy San Francisco Bay. Registration is $100, plus a fundraising minimum of $200. Fantastic prizes will be awarded to our fundraisers.

Registration includes entry to the Bay Parade party, where we'll continue the celebration on shore.

Learn more and register or volunteer for the Bay Parade.

Photo by Susanne Friedrich

Concord Auto Dismantler Agrees to Protect the Bay from Toxic Runoff

In the 26th victory for Baykeeper's Bay-Safe Industry Campaign, McHugh Auto Wrecking in Concord agreed to make significant changes to its site to keep the auto dismantler's toxic runoff from polluting San Francisco Bay.

McHugh Auto Wrecking has been releasing high levels of pollutants such as copper, lead, zinc, and aluminum into tributaries of nearby Carquinez Strait, which flows into the Bay.

The facility's owner, John McHugh, has been extremely cooperative in working with Baykeeper to fix the pollution problems.

Learn more about Baykeeper's pollution cleanup agreement with McHugh Auto Wrecking.

Shipping of Tar Sands Crude into the Bay Area Increases the Threat of Spills in the Bay

Local oil refineries plan to bring more crude oil from the Canadian tar sands into the Bay Area by ship, raising the risk of spills of this heavy, dirty oil into San Francisco Bay.

CBS Bay Area News TV recently talked to Baykeeper Interim Executive Director Sejal Choksi-Chugh about the dangers.

"This is heavy oil. It sinks," said Sejal. "We shouldn't even be contemplating having those vessels come in to the Bay until we are ready to deal with a spill."

Watch the CBS Bay Area news piece here.

The Next 25 Years of a Healthy San Francisco Bay

Last year, Baykeeper celebrated 25 years of effective action to protect San Francisco Bay from pollution. Over the coming quarter-century, Baykeeper will work to make San Francisco Bay:

  • Safe from Sewage Pollution
  • Free from Toxics, Contaminants, Plastics, and Trash
  • Protected from Oil and Chemical Spills
  • Resilient to Rising Tides
  • Prepared for Future Drought
  • With Healthy Beaches and Wetlands

As we launch our 26th year, we're moving toward our vision of a Bay where recreation is safe, the ecosystem is healthy, and wildlife thrives.

Learn more about Baykeeper's vision for the next 25 years of a healthy San Francisco Bay.

Photo by Hudson Henry

Baykeeper Spring-Summer Newsletter Is Out

The Spring/Summer 2015 issue of Baykeeper News is here! Read about Baykeeper's Shore View Project, a new tool to help protect San Francisco Bay from sea level rise. Get the latest about our lawsuit against the Bay Area city with some of the highest levels of trash and bacteria pollution in the Bay.

Plus, find out how we're working to keep oil spills and toxic chemical spills from contaminating the Bay and harming wildlife.

You can see an online pdf of the Spring-Summer 2015 Baykeeper News here. To request a copy of Baykeeper News by mail, email

Photo by Robb Most

2014 Rosé for the Bay, a Wine in Support of Baykeeper, Now Available

GiftPoseidon Vineyard's 2014 vintage of the acclaimed Rosé for the Bay is now on sale. 100% of the winery proceeds will be donated to support Baykeeper's work for a healthy San Francisco Bay. Enjoy delicious wine while supporting San Francisco Baykeeper!

Peter Molnar, vintner of Rosé for the Bay, is a member of Baykeeper's Board of Directors and a lifetime sailor and Bay swimmer. Poseidon Vineyard has been farmed by the Molnar family for more than 40 years beside San Francisco Bay wetlands at the very southern edge of Napa Carneros. The foggy location gives quality and character to this fine rosé of Pinot Noir.

The 2013 Rosé for the Bay vintage sold out fast. This limited 300-case production of 2014 Rosé for the Bay sells for $20 per bottle and $240 per case.

Learn more about Rosé for the Bay and order online.

(Photo at top by Roberto Soncin Gerometta)

Excitement Builds for the Bay Parade!