Baykeeper In The News

Articles and other news featuring Baykeeper's role in protecting the Bay
Sacramento News & Review | July 15, 2021 | Freshwater flows
On July 6, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife published an update on the status of federally and state-protected Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, which warns “it is possible that nearly all in-river juveniles will not survive this season.” This is because the cold water pool in Lake Shasta is depleted earlier than...
Mercury News | July 15, 2021 | Oil Spills
With no fanfare and few people realizing, an infamous chapter in Bay Area environmental history has closed. Or rather, sailed away. The Cape Mohican, an 873-foot-long military cargo ship that was involved in one of the biggest oil spills in San Francisco Bay in the past half century, was towed from its longtime berth at the Port of Oakland and...
Bloomberg Law | July 15, 2021 | Bay-Safe Industry
A metal plating company allowed excessive amounts of chromium, nickel, and other pollutants to pollute nearby waters through stormwater runoff, an environmental group said in a citizen suit in the Northern District of California. San Francisco Baykeeper alleged Global Plating Inc. discharged polluted stormwater from its facility in Fremont, Calif...
San Francisco Chronicle | July 11, 2021 | Salmon and Smelt
In California, it’s not unusual for wildlife officials to truck salmon between their native river habitat and the Pacific Ocean. That’s especially true during droughts, when the Sacramento River runs too low and too warm for the young fish to survive. But a long-stalled plan to save Sacramento winter-run chinook salmon, a critically endangered...
Counterpunch | June 18, 2021 | Freshwater flows
Occasionally, you come across an article, a book, or a film with exceptional power to capture your imagination, influencing your ideas or life, or, at least, reminding you of a time when you, too, were obsessed by similar concerns and hopes. This happened to me recently by a film with the magic and tragic title, River’s End.
San Francisco Examiner | June 18, 2021 | Sea Level Rise
Islais Creek is an unassuming waterway along San Francisco’s eastern industrial shoreline, meandering its way inland and providing a natural border between The City’s Bayview and Dogpatch neighborhoods. There’s a nice little park there, tucked under a bridge, that locals visit. But it’s not the kind of place most people think about much....
Estuary News | June 17, 2021 | Toxic Pollutants
After decades of efforts to clean up San Francisco Bay, its fish still carry a toxic load that makes them unfit for human consumption. A new Regional Monitoring Program (RMP) report on its 2019 sport fish survey contains some positive news: an overall decline in polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDE), hopeful trends in polychlorinated biphenyls (...
Estuary News | June 17, 2021 | Freshwater flows
As drought parches California, obliterates its snowpack, and reduces rivers to trickles, a familiar feud over water has resurfaced. Farmers want more of it to irrigate their crops, while fishermen and environmentalists want more left in rivers to protect the state’s Chinook salmon. Mainstream news outlets often portray the struggle as one between...
Courthouse News | June 15, 2021 | Dredging
A state’s power to regulate how the federal government maintains economically vital navigation channels is limited, a Justice Department lawyer told a Ninth Circuit panel Monday, and urged the court to reject California’s challenge to a dredging plan for the San Francisco Bay. “The state’s authority is not unbridled, and these statutes do not give...
San Francisco Chronicle | June 14, 2021 | Salmon and Smelt
The California water board has approved a plan for water releases into the Sacramento River that could kill off an entire run of endangered chinook salmon and put at risk another population that is part of the commercial salmon fishery. The State Water Resources Control Board has informed the federal Bureau of Reclamation it would accept its final...

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