Baykeeper Press Releases

Excessive Freshwater Diversions From Bay Delta Endanger Yet Another Species
(May 23, 2019) SAN FRANCISCO— The Center for Biological Diversity and San Francisco Baykeeper sued the Trump administration today for failing to protect the longfin smelt, as well as seven other highly imperiled species across the country, under the Endangered Species Act. “The longfin smelt needs protection now if it’s going to have any chance at survival,” said Jeff Miller, a senior...
(Mar 18, 2019) 89% of Delta water flow into Bay was to combat salinity or due to water flows exceeding export capacity. Less than 1.5% related to Delta smelt. SACRAMENTO, CA—New findings published in the journal San Francisco Estuary & Watershed Science, reveal that water exports from the South Delta were limited by infrastructure and water quality concerns far more often than protections for...
(Oct 1, 2018) (San Francisco Bay, CA) – Sea levels are expected to rise in San Francisco Bay by at least three feet over the next 80 years.  Many people around the Bay Area, including those working for local governments responsible for shoreline adaptation, don’t know what that will mean.  ShoreView, a new way of viewing the Bay using Google StreetView technology, provides a glimpse into how sea...
(Aug 20, 2018) Today, a coalition of environmental organizations, Northern California Indian tribal members, and commercial and sportfishing organizations held a press conference at the State Capitol to advocate for strong salinity standards and unimpaired San Joaquin River flows as part of the State Water Resources Control Board’s Water Quality Control Plan updates for the Bay-Delta (Phase I)....
(May 15, 2018) Oakland, Calif. - Today, U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria ruled in favor of coal terminal developer Phil Tagami in his lawsuit challenging the City of Oakland’s ban on coal handling and storage. After a three-day trial, the judge found that the City of Oakland had not yet compiled sufficient evidence to support its ban against coal handling and storage in Oakland. “The City acted...
(Nov 1, 2017) Contact: Eric Laughlin, CDFW Communications, (916) 214-3279 SAN FRANCISCO – This month marks a decade since the container ship Cosco Busan crashed into a San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge support tower and released more than 53,000 gallons of fuel oil into San Francisco Bay, affecting people, estuarine and marine wildlife, habitats, and recreation across several counties and spurring...
(Sep 25, 2017) SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Conservation groups have sued the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to challenge the legality of a state permit that would allow the controversial Delta tunnels project to kill endangered salmon and other imperiled fish protected by the state’s Endangered Species Act. The tunnels project known as California WaterFix would divert massive amounts of...
(Aug 30, 2017) SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — Over 24,000 people  have formally expressed opposition to a plan by Phillips 66  to more than double the number of oil tankers arriving at their Crockett-Rodeo refinery.    The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) , the lead agency conducting the environmental review of the project, extended their public comment period following a large...
(Jul 5, 2017) 4th Annual Bay Parade On the Water Sunday July 9. 200+ costumed swimmers, paddlers, and boaters will parade on the water in a colorful "kayak-tivism" event to protect San Francisco Bay. WHAT: San Francisco Baykeeper’s 4th Annual Bay Parade, Sunday, July 9 The high point of the Bay Parade is the finale, which features a huge colorful display, with a large banner lifted by kayaks and...
SB 709 requires that any transport of non-floating oils (like crude from tar sands) in California waterways be prohibited unless a clean-up contingency plan is developed, including identifying an organization capable of responding to a spill
(Mar 3, 2017) Sacramento -- Today Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) announced a bill to protect California’s waterways from dangerous spills of tar sands oil. California has laws to prevent and prepare for “conventional” oil spills that can be cleaned up from the surface of the water. These laws do not take into account oils like those derived from tar sands that will sink to the bottom of...

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