Baykeeper's Monthly Column

Baykeeper publishes a monthly column on San Francisco Bay cultural, environmental, and maritime issues.
(October 2020) We hold certain truths about nature to be self-evident: the sun rises in the east, gravity grounds us, tides ebb and flow, and the sky is blue. But leave it to 2020 to show us that even some of these truths can’t be relied on anymore. September's orange skies creeped me out—not in a scary Halloween way, but more like an anxious danger-is-coming way. My sense of impending doom was...
(September 2020) Maybe I’m singing the blues, but I’ll venture to guess we’re all experiencing a pretty unusual September, with pandemic shut downs still in effect and smoky air keeping us indoors. Typically, this is a month of fresh beginnings, the summer ending with the new school year and crisper nighttime temperatures. And at Baykeeper, it’s usually the exciting start of volunteer season,...
(July 2020) It's hard to believe we’re into month five of the coronavirus shutdown. These final days of summer are blending together, and some days are easier than others. To keep our spirits up, my family shares what we're grateful for each night. The kids surprise us, expressing gratitude for intangibles like love and family—in addition to the usual kid stuff, of course. One common theme has...
(June 2020) Today millions of people are taking to the streets across the country with the energizing spirit of Juneteenth, Freedom Day, the day that commemorates the end of slavery. These millions are protesting injustice and bearing witness to the racial oppression that has shattered Black lives for centuries in the United States. And they're celebrating because Black lives matter! For...
(June 2020) Shock. Despair. Action. People are lining the streets, filled with grief and rage, and justifiably lashing out against the institutional and systemic injustice burdening people of color – most especially Black lives. The senseless killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Ahmaud Arbery are just the latest horrific examples of racial hatred in the United States, and...
(May 2020) With news of pending plans to reopen businesses around the state, I’ve started daydreaming about the little things I’m looking forward to once the pandemic is over. While dining out and happy hours with friends top my wish list, I’m also looking forward to getting out on the Bay again. There’s nothing like the feeling of cool, salty spray on my face, and the wind whipping around us as...
(May 2020) Schools are shuttered through the summer, and summer camps will likely be closed, too. Quarantine fatigue has set in around my house. While homeschooling comes with lots of challenges, there’s been at least one unexpected personal delight: my kids have become more engaged in my work than ever and a lot more interested in the Bay. My son cheered loudly from his desk when he overheard...
(April 2020) I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little disappointed that the 50th Earth Day came and went, and it didn't get nearly the fanfare it deserved. Especially at a time when environmental rollbacks are being snuck under the cover of COVID-19, polluters are feeling emboldened to skirt the law, and the climate crisis is taking a backseat to the global pandemic.   For Baykeeper, the...
(April 2020) As we approach a very unusual Earth Day, I’m reminded more than ever how lucky we are to live in the Bay Area with all of our wonderful outdoor spaces. We can’t fully enjoy them right now, for the good of our community. But here at Baykeeper, we’re seeing that the threats to the Bay haven't paused, even as the Bay Area stays at home. Oil tankers are still delivering dangerous crude...
(April 2020) Did you know this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first Earth Day?   My staff would normally be tabling at festivals around the Bay Area, organizing volunteers at shoreline trash cleanups, and hosting happy hours at local restaurants to toast the Bay we love. Yet here we are instead, celebrating the Earth inside our homes. The first Earth Day was organized in 1970 as outrage...

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