Editor's Pick Pollution Stories 1993-2013

Walk back through time with this selection of early stories.

  • A Cautionary Tale about Caulk (PCBs in urban runoff), November 2012
  • Signals from Senador (mercury and mine runoff ), February 2011
  • Deadly Disinfectant (chloramines in drinking water kill fish), October 2010
  • Pesticide Pass Through (pyrethroids in Delta, October 2009
  • Soiled; The Price of Oil (Cosco Busan oil spill; birds affected), December 2007
  • Selenium Back to Bite (BurRec EIS, evap ponds vs land retirement), August 2005
  • Product Hazardous to Salmon Health (regs on no-spray buffers for 54 pesticides), April 2004
  • Fever Breaks on Mercury (discharge limits, Bay TMDL, stormwater mandates), August 1999
  • Spotlight on Toxic Clean Up (ups and downs of state hot spots program), August 1997
  • Dioxin Developments (monitoring results, regulatory response), February 1997
  • Refineries Research Selenium Removal (3 approaches, clean fuels guidelines, RWQCB), June 1996
  • Bulldogging Diazinon (pesticides in runoff, multi-agency control), December 1994

Estuary News launched in November 1992, and for the first few decades focused on key policy and environmental issues for San Francisco Bay and Delta. For many years it published bimonthly as an eight-page newsletter before it evolved into a magazine and added a digital platform in 2014. This archive includes almost 50 PDFs from that historic period (a few issues appear with odd formatting but the text is correct).

See the full Pre-2014 Archive

Related Posts

American Avocet on managed, former salt ponds in the South Bay. Photo: Roopak Bhatt, USGS

One-of-a-Kind Stories

Our magazine’s media motto for many years has been “Where there’s an estuary, there’s a crowd.” The San Francisco Estuary is a place where people, wildlife, and commerce congregate, and where watersheds, rivers and the ocean meet and mix, creating a place of unusual diversity. In choosing to tell the...
dam spillway oroville

Supplying Water

Ever since the state and federal water projects were built in the 1930s and 1940s, California has captured snowmelt in foothill reservoirs, and moved the fresh water from dam releases and river outflows to parched parts of the state via aqueducts hundreds of miles long. A convoluted system of ancient...

Tackling Pollution

Though the Clean Water Act did an amazing job of reducing wastewater and stormwater pollution of the San Francisco Estuary, some contaminants remain thorny problems.  Legacy pollutants like mercury washed into the watershed from upstream gold mining, PCBs from old industrial sites, and selenium from agricultural drainage in the San...