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October 1, 2008 > Putting litter in its place

Putting litter in its place

Submitted By Joyce Blueford

Looking at Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon for the first time, many people just drive right past and don't give it a second look because it is inundated by papers, wrappers and bottles. Much of this litter is left by BART commuters using public transportation on this major thoroughfare. This litter eventually makes its way into the storm drains that lead directly to this restoration project which affects our wildlife.

In an effort to "Put Litter in its Place" the Math Science Nucleus who manages the facility received a grant from The grant was to get more receptacles so commuters have a place to put their trash. It is BART's policy not to have receptacles in the parking lot.

Part of the grant also helped purchase recycling receptacles to educate the over 7,000 students from Alameda County who visit Tule Ponds annually. So the educational center now has signs to help educate our future generations.

Ryan Muldoon, a scout from Troop 103 created a sign to identify the area where receptacles will be placed. City of Fremont Manager of Environmental Services Kathy Cote suggested a solar compactor in the area. This is considered a "hot spot" of litter and the city offered to place a solar compactor in the area to help. Chanel Patterson, Environmental Specialist remarked, "The compacting containers will provide a convenient location for pedestrians to dispose of waste and will help eliminate overflow litter that would find its way onto Fremont streets and storm drains. This will help keep Fremont City streets and waterways free of litter by putting litter in its place."

Tule Ponds at Tyson Lagoon Wetland Center which is behind the Fremont BART Station is part of the Alameda County Flood Control and Water Conservation District.

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