Baykeeper's E-Newsletter for September 2012

San Francisco Baykeeper E-News
Monthly Update for September 2012
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Victory for a Clean Bay in Berkeley!

BTFBerkeley Forge & Tool, a metal parts manufacturer that has contaminated San Francisco Bay with toxic metals during the rainy season, has agreed to clean up its pollution.

Baykeeper notified Berkeley Forge that its storm water runoff contained pollutants at illegal levels. Contaminated rainwater from the site runs untreated into storm drains that flow directly into the Bay a few blocks away.

Berkeley Forge will now make several upgrades to reduce runoff pollution and contribute funds for nonprofit organizations working to restore the San Francisco Bay environment.

Read more about pollution cleanup at Berkeley Forge and Tool.

Victory for a Clean Bay in Oakland!

VictoryLakeside Nonferrous Metals, an Oakland metal recycling company, agreed last week to move one of its outdoor facilities indoors to prevent contamination of San Francisco Bay.

The company will also install additional pollution controls at a second Oakland facility before the beginning of the upcoming rainy season. In addition, Lakeside is providing funds for nonprofit organizations working to restore the San Francisco Bay environment.

Baykeeper took legal action after documenting that the recycler's storm water runoff has violated Environmental Protection Agency limits on lead, aluminum, and other toxic pollutants.

Read more about pollution cleanup at Lakeside Nonferrous Metals.

Baykeeper Sues One of the Bay's Worst Industrial Polluters

LevinWe recently filed suit in federal district court to compel cleanup at the Levin-Richmond Terminal in Richmond. The company is allowing harmful materials, including petroleum coke dust containing cancer-causing chemicals, to be washed and blown into San Francisco Bay.

The facility stores hundreds of thousands of tons of petroleum coke, bauxite, and other materials in transit to or from ships calling at Richmond's harbor, often in huge outdoor piles.

Levin also may be contaminating the Bay with the banned pesticide DDT. The terminal is located on a site where DDT was dumped in the past, and the company has no plan for identifying potential sources of DDT.

Read more about Baykeeper's lawsuit to force pollution cleanup at Levin.

Pitch In at Coastal Cleanup Day This Saturday

CCDJoin us for the 28th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day! Baykeeper will host our fifth annual shoreline cleanup, sponsored by Teva, at India Basin Shoreline Park this coming Saturday, September 15.

Please come out to join us for a family-friendly event and help clean up this neighborhood shoreline park. Participants are eligible for great prizes from our partner REI!

Learn more about the beach cleanup and register to volunteer.


Baykeeper Seeks Experts to Serve on Regional Water Board

RWQCBDo you or does someone you know have a passion for San Francisco Bay and expertise in water pollution? If so, Baykeeper asks you to consider serving on the major regulatory board overseeing the Bay's water quality—the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board.

The Regional Water Board adopts and implements all water quality policies and permits in the Bay Area region. The board is composed of highly-skilled professionals whose decisions have a tremendous impact on the health of the Bay and our watershed.

Candidates must have expertise in industrial water use or water quality. Learn more about serving on the Regional Water Board.

Swim for the Bay on September 30

SFTBOpen water swimmers, don't miss this one-of-a-kind event! On Sunday, September 30, join Baykeeper for the third annual Swim for the Bay to benefit a healthy San Francisco Bay.

The Swim for the Bay is a noncompetitive 9-mile swim from the Golden Gate to the East Bay. Swimmers may participate on a relay team or solo. Registration cost is $100; each swimmer must raise an additional $300 for Baykeeper.

And here are more ways you can support the swim: You can donate on behalf of a swimmer, volunteer on the day of the event, or attend the post-swim party at the historic Dolphin Club.

Learn more about Swim for the Bay.

Taste Wine to Support a Healthy Bay on October 17

WSTop100Savor the year's best wines at Wine & Spirits Magazine Top 100 Tasting, October 17, 6:30-8:30, City View at Metreon, San Francisco.

Conservationist ticket sales benefit Baykeeper's work to protect San Francisco Bay and are now on sale. Enjoy fresh oysters, local cheeses, an array of artisan specialties, and acclaimed wines.

Find out more about Wine & Spirits top 100 tasting and order tickets.