Baykeeper was founded in 1989 as the fourth "waterkeeper" organization in the nation and the first on the west coast - on the principle that our waterways are common property, owned by all who use and enjoy them. Baykeeper acts as the watchdog of the San Francisco Bay-Delta watershed, fighting to stop the theft of our waterways by polluters. Even today, some individuals, municipalities and companies treat the waters of the Bay-Delta as a private sewer by dumping pesticides, toxic chemicals, raw sewage, oil and garbage. Patrolling the Bay-Delta by boat and by land, Baykeeper seeks to stop illegal pollution and works with governments, urging better regulations and stricter pollution permits. Baykeeper is the last line of defense in the battle to protect and restore the waters of the Bay-Delta watershed.