"San Francisco Baykeeper Wins Sewage Spill Prevention Settlements"

"SAN FRANCISCO -- Sewage spills that have contributed to water pollution in San Francisco Bay will be reduced under two settlements reached last week between the nonprofit San Francisco Baykeeper and the Town of Hillsborough and the neighborhood of Burlingame Hills.

Baykeeper sued the Town of Hillsborough and the neighborhood of Burlingame Hills in August 2008 for violations of the federal Clean Water Act after investigations done by Baykeeper staff and pro bono attorneys with Lawyers for Clean Water revealed that the sewage systems were poorly maintained and operated and frequently spilled sewage to streets and to nearby creeks that lead to the Bay.

Baykeeper's settlement agreements, reached last week and still subject to approval by the U.S. District Court for Northern District of California, contain action plans for Hillsborough and Burlingame Hills to curb their sewage spills by 2014."

Environment News Service had the story July 23, 2009.

Friday, July 24, 2009