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SURPRISE: Marin County flushes MORE sewage into the Bay

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Guess what, folks, it’s time again for Marin’s Monthly Sewage Spill Into The Bay!

MORE Marin County sewage has been dumped into the Bay and MORE wild shorebirds, fish and other creatures are probably dying.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2008
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Once again Marin County flushes its toilets into the Bay

There’s been ANOTHER Marin County sewage spill into the Bay and more wild birds, fish and other creatures are probably dying.

** 5 million-plus gallons of sewage is spilled in Southern Marin on Jan. 25 and Jan. 31 …

** 1,500 gallons of raw sewage is spilled at Marin’s San Quentin Prison on Feb. 14 …

** 250 gallons of raw sewage spilled in North Marin on Feb. 18 …

** 6,000 gallons of raw sewage and storm water spilled in San Rafael on Feb. 24 …

AND NOW …
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Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2008
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Oil & sewage spills, toxic chemical spills: Did we ever have control?

50,000-plus gallons of toxic fuel oil is dumped into S.F. Bay after a ship hits the Bay Bridge on Nov. 7 … 5 million-plus gallons of sewage is spilled in Southern Marin on Jan. 25 and Jan. 31 … 1,500 gallons of raw sewage is spilled at Marin’s San Quentin Prison on Feb. 14 … 250 gallons of raw sewage spilled in North Marin on Feb. 18 … 6,000 gallons of raw sewage and storm water spilled in San Rafael on Feb. 24 …

And now thousands of gallons of the toxic and carcinogenic chemical toluene were spilled in Richmond sometime between Friday night and Monday morning. And they don’t even know for sure when the stupid spill happened!
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Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2008
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San Francisco Bay septic tank gets ANOTHER Marin County sewage spill

Once again, for the 5th time in 31 days, Marin County has flushed more raw sewage into San Francisco Bay.

That averages out to be approximately 1,001,550 gallons of raw sewage dumped into the Bay every 6 days by Marin County.

This latest dump of crap into our Bay came from the smelly little Marin city of San Rafael. According to the San Rafael Sanitation District, 6,000 gallons of raw sewage mixed with storm water spilled at around 11 a.m. Sunday (Feb. 24) at Fifth Avenue and Hetherton Street … apparently because residents have been flushing industrial-strength paper towels down their toilets instead of disposing of them in the garbage.

According to the Sanitation District, the towels, which don’t readily dissolve in water, supposedly got caught in tree roots, causing sewage to back up in a 15-inch pipe. The pipe overflowed and “was the district’s worst ever spill and the first one to spill into a ditch that led to the San Rafael Canal and San Pablo Bay.”

Tree roots in sewer pipes, eh?

It’s not as if our poor Bay hasn’t had enough pollution problems in the last few months, starting with 50,000-plus gallons of toxic fuel oil from the ship that rammed the Bay Bridge on Nov. 7.

Here’s the latest Marin Muck & Mire Score for 2008:

** 5 million-plus gallons of sewage from the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin on Jan. 25 and on Jan. 31.

** Another 1,500 gallons of raw sewage from Marin’s San Quentin Prison on Feb. 14.

** Another 250 gallons of raw sewage from the North Marin Water District on Feb. 18.

** And now another 6,000 gallons of raw sewage and storm water from the San Rafael Sanitation District.

And these are just the spills we KNOW about.

What about the other cities and counties that border San Francisco Bay? Anyone know what these guys have been flushing into the San Francisco Bay Septic Tank since the first of the year? Please let me know.

I’m sure there are a lot of sick and dying aquatic birds, marine mammals, fish, crabs, shellfish and other barely living creatures that would also like to have that information before they die.

Andy Preston, administrator of the San Rafael Sanitation District, was quoted by Bay City News Service as saying a test for fecal coliform taken 24 hours after the spill showed an “acceptable” level for human contact.

That’s part of the problem right there — having “acceptable” levels for all the crap that gets dumped into the Bay.

And by the way, anyone know what the “acceptable” levels are for aquatic wildlife? Just kidding. Of course you don’t.

How about a new rule that says NO levels of fecal coliform are “acceptable” for humans and wildlife?

Even better … how about NO MORE SEWAGE SPILLS FROM MARIN COUNTY … for starters?

Dear San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board:

Anybody out there? /Gary

Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2008
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Will San Quentin Prison’s sewage spill kill more S.F. Bay birds?

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

Posted on Monday, February 18th, 2008
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Sewage & oil spills: I wonder what’s killing the birds?

Staff and volunteers at the Richardson Bay Audubon Center and Sanctuary in Tiburon, CA, have reported they are experiencing an unusual spike in the number of dead birds found in and around their facility.

More than 60 birds of a variety of species have been found at the sanctuary since Jan. 26. That number is similar to the total number of dead birds found at the Audubon Center after the 50,000-plus gallon Cosco Busan fuel oil spill on Nov. 7.

Over 5 million gallons of raw, partially treated sewage were released into the Bay by the Sewerage Agency of Southern Marin on Jan. 25 and Jan. 31.

As I said above, the first 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.

50,000-plus gallons of toxic fuel oil and 5 million-plus gallons of sewage have been dumped into San Francisco Bay … and Western grebes, greater scaups, surf scoters, buffleheads and other aquatic bird species are dying.

Any guesses as to what the cause of this might be? /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
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