Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for November 17, 2010


Help Us Stop Sewage Spills in San Mateo and Santa Clara

San Francisquito Creek by Mark BultDo you live or recreate near creeks, sloughs or shorelines in Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, East Palo Alto, Woodside or unincorporated San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties? We need your help!

Baykeeper is seeking information from members about their use of waterways around San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. Your input can help us stop sewage spills in impacted waterways.

  • Some waterways in these areas include San Francisquito Creek, Corte Madera Creek, Los Trancos Creek, Ravenswood Slough, Atherton Channel and Searsville Lake.
  • Activities may include walking, jogging, swimming, fishing, picnicking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, photographing or simply enjoying the aesthetic quality of the area.

If you enjoy waterways in any of these areas, please contact Jason Flanders, Staff Attorney, at or (415) 856-0444 x106.

Speak Up for a Sound Climate Change Policy for the Bay

East Bay Aerial by Doc SearlsJoin Baykeeper in supporting a sound sea level rise policy for the Bay at the next hearing of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), tomorrow at 1 pm in the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

By 2050, the Bay may experience as much as a sixteen inch rise in sea level as a result of climate change, and it is vital to protect Bay wetlands that can provide a buffer against rising water levels. BCDC is considering a policy revision that would sensibly require all shoreline development proposals to take into account potential sea level rise. Predictably, the policy is facing huge opposition from development interests led by Cargill.

BCDC needs to hear from residents that support sustainable development around the Bay. Please join us in supporting a sound climate change policy for the Bay.

The next public hearing is tomorrow, Thursday, November 18, at 1 pm in the Ferry Building, San Francisco. More hearings will be held over the next several months. To RSVP and for more information, please contact Ian Wren, Staff Scientist, at or (415) 856-0444 x108.

Take Action to Protect Fish from California Power Plants

Pittsburg Power Plant by achesonblogSan Francisco Baykeeper has been working with our fellow California Waterkeepers and our statewide partner California Coastkeeper Alliance to end the use of once-through cooling at power plants in California. Every year, this destructive technology kills billions of fish, plankton and other marine life at power plants throughout California, including two plants in the Delta at Pittsburg and Antioch. In March, we finally secured a strong policy from the State Water Board to phase out the use of once-through cooling.

Now, industry representatives are back again, fighting for the same loopholes and delays that the State Water Board previously rejected. Please take a moment before noon tomorrow, Thursday, November 18, to ask the State Water Board to deny industry's proposed amendments and to keep in place the healthy policy they already approved.

Click here to join California Coastkeeper Alliance in calling for a power plant policy that protects our marine ecosystem. Take action by noon tomorrow!

Keep Grease Out of the Sink Drain & Help Protect the Bay

No grease down the drainThis Thanksgiving, don't forget the keep your holiday feast leftovers out of the sink drain. Rich holiday meals can create extra oil and grease that get washed down sink drains, where they build up in sewer pipes and can cause sewage spills that end up in San Francisco Bay. Wipe down oily pots, pans and dishes with a paper towel and throw it in the trash, or pour excess oil and grease into a sealed container and place it in the trash.

If you have a large amount of leftover cooking oil, such as from a turkey fryer, take it to be recycled. Drop-off locations are available throughout San Francisco and the East Bay. See a complete list and find more tips on protecting the Bay in your kitchen. We hope everyone has a happy and Bay-friendly Thanksgiving!

Help Fight Invasive Kelp – Four Upcoming Volunteer Events

Undaria_removalTomorrow, November 18, 9 am to noon
South Beach Harbor
Meet right of Harbor Master's Office
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Saturday, December 4, 9 am to noon
San Francisco Marina, East Basin (aka Gashouse Cove)
Meet in front of Gate 14
San Francisco, CA 94123
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Saturday, December 11, 9 am to noon
Pillar Point Harbor
Meet in front of Harbor Master's Office
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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Saturday, December 18, 9 am to noon
South Beach Harbor
Meet right of Harbor Master's Office
San Francisco, CA 94107
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Baykeeper is partnering with Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) to stop the invasion of the Asian kelp Undaria pinnatifida, which has spread throughout marinas in San Francisco Bay and threatens the local ecosystem. Volunteers are needed to walk the docks of these marinas, identifying the invasive kelp and directing divers who remove the kelp at the roots. Please volunteer your time at an upcoming removal event.

RSVP to SERC at or call (650) 380-5000. Read more information about the spread of Undaria in San Francisco Bay.

Volunteers Needed in the Baykeeper Office

Thank you to our volunteers Davina Chu, Vicki Orches and Dani Williams who reached out to local businesses last month to spread the word about our annual campaign to keep fats, oils and grease out of sink drains. We appreciate your time and effort!

It's been a busy few months in the Baykeeper office, and we need additional volunteers for assistance with a filing project at our office in downtown San Francisco. If you have an hour or two to spare and would like help out, please contact Tracy Corbin, Membership Coordinator, at or 415-856-0444 x112.

Make Your Year-End Gift to Baykeeper Today!

With the help of individual supporters like you, Baykeeper has achieved major victories for the Bay this year, from stopping sewage spills to reducing toxic runoff to cleaning up the Ghost Fleet of Suisun Bay. Please help us keep up the momentum in 2011 by making a year-end gift to Baykeeper today.

Help Us Stop Bay Sewage Spills, Protect Wetlands and Remove Invasive Species