Coastal Cleanup Day This Saturday, September 20

As reported by Jane Kay for The San Francisco Chronicle.

Ninety percent of the trash swirling in the world’s oceans is plastic, and in some parts of the Pacific Ocean, plastic pellets used by manufacturers outnumber plankton.

The trash we leave behind inevitably finds its way to our beaches and oceans.

Perhaps that’s why Saturday’s Coastal Cleanup Day is the biggest annual volunteer event in California. Last year 61,000 people in the state collected 785,000 pounds of trash, including 15,000 plastic bags from San Francisco Bay.

Sixty to 80 percent of ocean litter comes from land sources. Most of it runs off city streets. Cups, six-pack holders and dirty diapers are left on beaches. Some waste is dumped at sea. Sport and commercial fishermen lose lines, hooks and nets, which bring suffering and death to entangled and wounded animals.

Trash is such a problem that the environmental group Save the Bay released a map Wednesday showing two dozen of the bay’s dirtiest waterways. They are under review by the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board for exceeding federal Clean Water Act water-quality standards

Among the top 10 are Strawberry Creek as it flows from Berkeley to the bay, San Jose’s littered Coyote Creek and Guadalupe River, Colma Creek from San Bruno Mountain through South San Francisco and Oakland’s urban runoff, spoiling Sausal Creek and Damon Slough.

Want to help?

What: Coastal Cleanup Day – a worldwide effort to remove trash from beaches.

When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Where: To find out where to volunteer in your area, go to:

www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html

www.saveSFbay.org/baytrash

For the full article check out The San Francisco Chronicle.

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