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Commission tasked with protecting the Bay neglects key responsibilities

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Angela Johnston
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KALW
Baykeeper's Sejal Choski-Chugh patrols the Bay for polluters.

The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission or the BCDC was established in the mid-1960s to regulate development, prevent the destruction of wetlands, and ensure public access to San Francisco Bay. It's an organization that usually doesn’t get much attention, but now it’s being widely criticized for neglecting its responsibilities to protect the Bay.

"There's so much junk piled on that boat if that boat were to sink right now, all of that stuff would just pollute the Bay."

Earlier this summer, the state came out with an audit criticizing the commission. Other organizations say this is old news — they’ve known about these problems for years.

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