Healthy levels of fresh water are vital for San Francisco Bay and the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Without sufficient flows through these waterways, toxic algae spread, fish die, and pollutants accumulate. Baykeeper intends to use this grant to advocate before regulators makers on a variety of issues that will benefit from public input. The goal of this advocacy is to ensure wildlife in the region survive, to make the region’s water healthier for recreation, and to foster a sustainable Bay-Delta ecosystem. In particular, Baykeeper will advocate against the State’s proposals to build tunnels to redirect water from the Delta to Central Valley agribusiness as this would decrease freshwater flows available to wildlife. Baykeeper will further advocate for stronger limits on selenium, a toxic pollutant that inhibits growth and can cause gross deformities in wildlife. Baykeeper will follow two EPA regulatory processes aimed at regulating discharges containing selenium from refineries and other sources in order to urge that stringent requirements are adopted. Advocacy involving nutrient reduction from wastewater treatment plant discharges will also continue in collaboration with other stakeholders. Baykeeper will carry on its work advocating for commercial abandoned boat removal in the Delta as well as continue its watchdog role on refinery expansion to help stem increased risk of accidents and explosions in Delta communities. Baykeeper will advocate before regulators and other decision-makers for policies that ensure the survival of Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta wildlife, make Delta water healthier for recreation, and lead to a sustainable Bay-Delta ecosystem.
San Francisco Baykeeper
Policy Advocacy for a Healthy Bay-Delta Estuary
California Watershed Protection Fund, 2019
Water Resources/Watershed Protection
Alameda County ; Contra Costa County ; Marin County ; Napa County ; Sacramento County ; San Francisco County ; San Joaquin County ; San Mateo County ; Santa Clara County ; Solano County ; Sonoma County ; Yolo County