Baykeeper Press Releases

(Jan 26, 2023) San Francisco – A national study of water pollution from oil refineries reveals that Bay Area refineries are among the most polluting refineries in the country, including the Chevron Richmond and Valero Benicia refineries. Chevron is the frequent subject of complaints to Baykeeper’s pollution hotline, and Baykeeper is currently suing Valero for spilling toxic petroleum coke into...
(Jan 19, 2023) Bay Area Residents and Wildlife Remain at Risk President Biden is visiting the South Bay today with Governor Newsom to tour damage from recent storms.  January’s atmospheric river events dumped upwards of 22 million gallons of sewage into San Francisco Bay. Much of the Bay Area’s stormwater and wastewater infrastructure are decades old. During the recent storms, streets flooded...
(Jan 6, 2023) Agencies Must Improve Sewage Systems to Meet Known Challenges OAKLAND—Reports indicate that recent heavy rains overwhelmed the East Bay Municipal Utility District’s sewage treatment plants. This means the agency has already possibly released millions of gallons of raw or partially treated sewage directly into the Bay, with even more rains on the way. The ongoing atmospheric river...
(Dec 16, 2022) Newsom's Delta Tunnel Comment Period Ends Baykeeper statement: Death Sentence for SF Bay’s Fish   Today, San Francisco Baykeeper and 13 partner organizations filed comments with the California Department of Water Resources on the draft environmental impact report for Governor Newsom’s Delta conveyance project (“Delta tunnel”). The organizations represent a wide range of...
(Oct 28, 2022) SF Baykeeper is a longstanding protector of San Francisco Bay, and our approach has always required us to work within the entirety of the Bay's watershed. A healthy Bay depends on the health of the tributary waters that flow into it.    Over the past year, Waterkeeper Alliance proposed scaling back Baykeeper’s jurisdiction to just the nine Bay Area counties, which amounts to an 89...
(Oct 27, 2022) OAKLAND, CA –– On Thursday, October 26, just twelve days before the November General Election, No Coal in Oakland, a grassroots coalition of community, faith, and environmental justice groups will hold a rally to denounce an attempt by would-be coal terminal developers to influence the Oakland mayor’s race with over half a million dollars of out-of-town, toxic money. Our coalition...
(Oct 6, 2022) Jeopardized by Excessive Freshwater Diversions, Imperiled San Francisco Bay Fish One Step Closer to Protection SAN FRANCISCO—The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed protecting the San Francisco Bay population of longfin smelt as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act. The formerly abundant native fish has seen its population plummet in recent decades. Today...
(Sep 27, 2022) OAKLAND—San Francisco Baykeeper filed a lawsuit today against the Santa Clara Valley Water District over its water management practices that violate the California Constitution, the Fish and Game Code, and the public trust.    Valley Water is responsible for area creeks and rivers that support salmon, steelhead, longfin smelt, riffle sculpin, rainbow trout, and many other public...
(Sep 1, 2022) SF Baykeeper and allied organizations today released an analysis of Governor Newsom’s Bay-Delta water scheme to circumvent efforts by the State Water Resources Control Board to increase protections for the Bay-Delta and Central Valley rivers, and strengthen other environmental requirements in the Board’s Bay-Delta Water Quality Control Plan. Bayeeper senior scientist Jon Rosenfield...
(Aug 8, 2022) SF Baykeeper Cautions Against Contact with the Brown Waters   OAKLAND—Over the past weeks, many residents and visitors to Lake Merritt, the Oakland Estuary, San Leandro Bay, and surrounding areas of San Francisco Bay have been contacting Baykeeper’s pollution hotline to report discolored water.    Our staff scientists have been monitoring and documenting the situation and contacting...

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