September 13, 2005 > Cleanup from Coast to Coast
Cleanup from Coast to Coast
by Nitasha Sharma
Coastal Cleanup Day is an annual event in which volunteers from the entire state join together to sweep shoreline areas and rid them of litter and other harmful waste. From Fremont to Martinez, several efforts are made in order to make the coast a more sound environment for the ecosystem that depends upon its purity. One of the greatest concerns is trash on the shorelines is harmful to animals either by ingestion or entanglement.
Throughout California, 50,000 volunteers dedicate their time at over 700 separate cleanup sites. This event has been known as the "largest garbage collection" according to The Guinness Book of World Records, 1993. The program was initiated in 1985, and since then, there have been a hefty 10 million pounds of debris removed from the California coastline.
Coastal Cleanup, although a large event in itself, is only a fraction of the total coastal festivities during the month of September. The Ocean Conservancy organizes an International Coastal Cleanup on September 17, and the California Coastal Commissioner's Adopt-A-Beach program, an all-year effort, is highlighted by the Coastal Cleanup efforts. Coastal Cleanup Day is a kick-off of Coastweeks, a three-week celebration of the coast and shoreline packed with fun for the entire family.
In Hayward, the Coastal Cleanup event will be held at the Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. Donning layers, hats, gloves, and carrying trash bags, volunteers will be working from 8:30 a.m. to noon. No experience is necessary, volunteers 10 years of age (with a parent) and older are welcome to join. Save The Bay, California Department of Fish and Game, and East Bay Regional Parks are working together, and need your help to make this even a success. Call (510) 544-2590 or Theresa Galvin at (510) 452-9261 x109 for more information.
The city of Fremont Environmental Services Division will hold creek cleanup locations on Saturday, September 17 in Fremont from 9 a.m. to noon. These locations will be concentrating on Crandall Creek in the Ardenwood area (North Fremont).
There are a total of four cleanup locations as meeting areas for this event: Crandall Creek Location A- at Fremont Blvd and Becerra Drive. Parking on Becerra Drive or Fremont Blvd, short walk to site. Location B- at Decoto Road and Cabrillo Drive. Parking on Cabrillo Drive, walk across Decoto Road to site. Location C- at Siward Drive and Creekwood Drive. Parking on Siward Drive and Creekwood Drive; short walk to site. Location D- at Paseo Padre Pkwy and Capulet Road. Parking on Fiar Avenue, Montague Avenue or east side of Capulet Circle; walk to site.
Any volunteer age 16 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult order than 21 years of age. Be sure to wear sturdy boots, long-sleeve shirt, long pants, hat and sunscreen. Contact Val Blakely at (510) 494-4577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteers are also welcome at Don Edwards Wildlife Refuge on September 17 from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring snacks, wear sturdy shoes, work clothes, and gloves.
Thornton Ave. exit from either East or West Hwy. 84 and follow signs to the refuge. For more information call (510) 792 - 0222