Over 13 million gallons of raw sewage got dumped into the San Francisco Bay in 2008. This happens especially when it rains because sewage and storm water go into the same system. Eventually the storage and treatment ponds fill up and the excess sewage goes into the bay. A partial solution to this problem is to use bricks with tiny holes in them to allow storm water to go into the ground and be used in the drinking water aquifer.
Do you know if the levels ever get high enough where its unsafe to swim in. I know some beaches in Southern California get shut down because of it sometimes.
Yes it does and I included a list in the link below. This list is from 2008, but some of the beach closures on in are for the San Francisco Bay and are related to overflow of sewage. And as you said there are a number of beach shut downs in Southern California
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