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The Day San Francisco Bay Turned Black and Nobody Noticed

Updated on February 6, 2015

Aerial Images of San Francisco Bay 2012-2015

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The Day the Bay Turned Black and Nobody Noticed

Saving the Bay Reports Pollution

The day San Francisco Bay turned black and nobody noticed. I found several shocking aerial images of San Francisco Bay of watercolor changes ranging from 2012-2015. I gathered the images from Google Earth. With the recent concerns of pollution to San Francisco Bay; Saving the bay reports that legacy, mercury and pollution from mining operations have huge impacts on wetland restoration efforts today. Water quality in the San Francisco Bay is affected by runoff and urban pollution from five main river sources, which include agriculture, industry, legacy, urban stormwater, and sewage.

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What do you think is the stick grey substance found on aquatic birds in the San Francisco Bay is?

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Sea Birds Die of Hypothermia Due to Mysterious Substance in the Bay

Although, the bay has been known to be polluted for some time now, but it has had a revival effort have included the Clean water Act to help reduce water pollution since 1972 to clean up the bay. Bay organizers openly report known active industries in the Bay Area to release chemicals and other known toxins directly into the Bay. Could this be the case for the recent aquatic bird die off?

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      Justine Rooker 

      3 years ago from Redlands, Ca

      What a sad article! It makes me so sad to see animals affected. :(

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      Liz Elias 

      3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      I grew up in San Francisco, and did not move away from that area until 2003. I have watched the deterioration over the years. It is sad and shocking that businesses and their profits seem to ALWAYS come first, and at the expense of the environment.

      I was in high school when the "ecology" movement began, and to date, it seems to have had only minimal effect. The lawmakers are all paid off by the guilty corporations, and unless that practice can be halted. little will ever change.

      Voted up, interesting and useful.

      "Beam me up, Scotty; there's no intelligent life on this planet!"

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      3 years ago

      I remember my first oil news story as a kid... And since then events like this seem yearly or more now and almost go unnoticed.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 

      3 years ago from Planet Earth

      Oh my - this is very interesting! Scary, too - I think we are losing so many of our natural resources and our global protective elements. The Doomsday clock was just moved up another few minutes - not a good sign.

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      3 years ago

      I plan to... I don't think I can make to the bay myself to inspect the substance, but I trust the experts working on it.

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      David Stillwell 

      3 years ago from Sacramento, California

      What a sad state of events for those creatures that live on and in the SF Bay. Nice Hub, Aaron. I like the detail and speculation. I encourage you to do a follow up when the science teams determine the substance.


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