Baykeeper's E-newsletter for May 2019

30 years of Bay defense. Bay Parade registration is open now!

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Monthly Update for May 2019
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Bay Parade registration is now open

Bay Parade 2019

On Sunday, August 11, join Baykeeper's annual swim and paddle extravaganza, the Bay Parade! Celebrate a healthy San Francisco Bay as a swimmer, kayaker, or stand-up paddleboarder. Boaters are invited to volunteer on the water, and we need volunteers on land too!

The fastest swimmers and biggest fundraisers can compete for the Golden Rivet Award. Plus, you'll make it to the big screen when the grand finale is broadcast on the Jumbotron at the Giants game.

Don't miss the year's most exciting celebration of San Francisco Bay! Join the Baykeeper Bay Parade on Sunday, August 11.

Click here to learn more about the event and how to register.

Photo by Drew Bird

Changing the fate of the Bay

Mike Herz

Thirty years ago, media reports warned that San Francisco Bay was dying. Anti-pollution laws were not being enforced. Polluters were dumping waste into the Bay with no fear of detection.

In 1989, research scientist Dr. Michael Herz determined that the Bay needed a defender—and founded San Francisco Baykeeper. Mike set the course for protecting the Bay that we still pursue today.

In 30 years, our boat skippers have logged more than 15,000 hours patrolling the Bay, our lawyers have held hundreds of the biggest industrial polluters accountable, our advocates have strengthened numerous clean water laws, and our scientists have fiercely defended the Bay's precious resources. And we're still going strong!

Read more about Baykeeper's 30 years of defending the Bay.

Above: Baykeeper founder Mike Herz aboard the Baykeeper boat in 1989 (Photo by Hedi B. Desuyo).

Wetlands are key to the Bay's future


The Bay's tides are projected to rise 5 feet within the next generation—and that means that wetlands will be among the first areas to suffer severe flooding due to sea level rise.

In these sensitive shoreline spots, native birds make their nests in the underbrush; harbor seals rest while raising their pups; and many native fish species feed and reproduce. As the water levels rise, these animals will lose access to rich marshland food, water, and shelter.

But healthy wetlands can also be a remarkable tool for Bay resilience. They filter out pollutants, sequester carbon, and create a buffer between the Bay's waters and cities.

Baykeeper's new ShoreView web tool was developed to map how sea level rise will affect the Bay's shoreline, using StreetView imagery captured in partnership with Google from the Baykeeper boat.

Learn more about wetlands and sea level rise.

Pictured above: Baykeeper Scientist Ian Wren aboard the Baykeeper boat with the Google Trekker camera used to capture Bay shoreline imagery. Photo by Robb Most.

Ding, dong the wicked "Fix" is dead

Delta aerial

"It's a relief to see that the new statehouse has squashed the massive Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta tunnels water project," writes Baykeeper Executive Director Sejal Choksi-Chugh in a recent op-ed for the Mercury News.

The Delta Tunnels, known officially as WaterFix, was Governor Jerry Brown’s misguided $19 billion plan to re-plumb the Delta.

Baykeeper advocated for many years against the twin tunnels, based on abundant evidence that the project would have failed to "fix" the reliability of California's water supply—and would have further endangered the Bay-Delta ecosystem.

What the Bay really needs is a portfolio approach to water policy that will reduce demand for the state's limited water supply, improve Californians' access to clean water, and sustain the rivers, estuaries, fisheries, and wildlife that we love.

Read the full op-ed in the Mercury News.

Photo by Robb Most, thanks to LightHawk Conservation Flying

Baykeeper is hiring! Become our Field Investigator

Field Investigator

Baykeeper is seeking an enthusiastic water quality scientist and Bay advocate to join our team as Field Investigator.

This junior-level science position investigates pollution and conducts sampling to support Baykeeper's policy and litigation work. The Field Investigator also responds to pollution hotline reports, coordinates Baykeeper's boat patrol program, and conducts outreach, advocacy, and shoreline cleanup events.

Click here to read more about this position and learn how to apply.

Binocs  Baykeeper on patrol

Baykeeper recently received a pollution hotline tip about a company that dumped material on a shoreline site. The potentially toxic substance was embedded in the dirt, so Baykeeper's scientists used a method known as core sampling to extract several layers of sediment.

A local lab is now testing the soil samples for toxic metals like lead and copper. If the results show harmful levels of contamination, Baykeeper's legal team will take action to hold the polluters responsible for cleaning up the mess.

Below, Baykeeper Senior Scientist Jon Rosenfield aboard the Baykeeper boat preparing a core sample of potentially contaminated sediment from the Bay's shoreline (Photo: Robb Most).

Core Sampling

Photo at top by Robert Most

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Changing the fate of the Bay