San Francisco Baykeeper
California, United States
More than seven million people and five-hundred wildlife species call the Bay Area home… so polluted water is not an option.
But in a densely urban environment, clean water doesn’t just happen… it’s a daily battle.
Meet Sejal Choksi-Chugh. As the San Francisco Baykeeper, she’s the driving force defending the Bay.
When a company spills toxic coal or petroleum coke in the water, Sejal sues to stop them from spilling again. When the local water agency proposes a plan that would take 120 years to flush mercury out of the Bay, she advocates for a better plan – one that forces polluters to reduce mercury now.
Sejal and the Baykeeper team do whatever it takes to reduce sewage and oil spills… prevent trash and pesticide runoff… and ensure the Bay is protected.
They patrol the waters, investigate polluters, and enforce the laws to fight every significant threat to clean water… no matter how dirty it gets.
Listen to Sejal’s story:
Photographed by © Chloe Aftel, courtesy of Culture Trip, with story voiced by Glenn Close
Sejal Choksi-Chugh, the San Francisco Baykeeper and the driving force behind her organization’s high-impact policy, science and law programs, is spearheading the charge to reduce agricultural pollution, industrial runoff, sewage overflows and oil spills in the San Francisco Bay estuary, which drains water from nearly 40 percent of California. A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley Law School, in 2015 she was honored with the school’s prestigious Environmental Leadership Award.
Learn more about Sejal in the two-part 20th Anniversary edition of Waterkeeper Magazine.
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