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Will San Quentin Prison’s sewage spill kill more S.F. Bay birds?

By Gary Bogue
Monday, February 18th, 2008 at 8:13 am in Dead birds, Oil Spills, Sewage spills.

Last Thursday (Feb. 14) there was a 1,500-gallon spill of raw sewage from San Quentin Prison into San Francisco Bay.

Sound familiar?

Over 5 million gallons of raw, partially treated sewage were accidentally released into the Bay by the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin on Jan. 25 and Jan. 31. Dead birds were spotted in the water on Jan. 26, the day after the first spill. There was reportedly another spike in the number of dead birds found on Feb. 1, the day after the second spill.

Although there is some debate about how these birds were killed, it’s hard to believe the sewage spills weren’t related in some way.

50,000-plus gallons of toxic fuel oil from the ship that hit the Bay Bridge, 5 million-plus gallons of sewage from the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin …  and now another 1,500 gallons of raw sewage from San Quentin have been dumped into San Francisco Bay since Nov. 7.

Does that mean more Western grebes, greater scaups, surf scoters, buffleheads and other aquatic bird species will be found dying in Bay waters near San Quentin?

We’ll have to wait and see.

And these are just the spills we know about. They really need to get a better handle on this stuff. /Gary

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2 Responses to “Will San Quentin Prison’s sewage spill kill more S.F. Bay birds?”

  1. Clayton Says:

    So you have not a single comment when the inmates at San Quention kill people–but let their excrement kill birds and you are upset?
    Odd and very anti-socialperspective Herr Bogue.

  2. Barbara Says:

    Clayton guy/girl, I believe the concept behind writing columns about wildlife does not include inserting meaningless drivel of comparative analogies as an attempt to interest the ACLU in prisoners’ rights. Best regards.

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