Save The Bay names top trash hot spots around the Bay

September 11, 2006

In anticipation of Coastal Cleanup Day and next week’s pollution prevention week, today Save The Bay, the leading champion for San Francisco Bay, named seven of the worst trash hot spots around San Francisco Bay. The community will have the opportunity to tackle the trash problem at Eden Landing in Hayward/Union City and the other six hot spots as part of the 22 Annual Coastal Cleanup Day this Saturday.

Save The Bay’s list of seven of the worst trash hot spots around the San Francisco Bay include the following:

1. Bay Way Beach, San Rafael
2. Arrowhead Marsh at Martin Luther King, Jr. Regional Shoreline, Oakland
3. Eden Landing, Hayward/Union City
4. Coyote Creek, San Jose
5. Guadalupe River, San Jose
6. San Mateo Creek at Ryder Park , San Mateo
7. Mission Creek, San Francisco

Trash “hot spots” can be found all around San Francisco Bay: creeks deliver trash to the Bay, and tides pull it back to the shoreline where it collects, often trapped by vegetation. Trash, especially plastic, is a serious problem in the Bay. Because much of the trash is plastic and never biodegrades, it’s accumulating in massive amounts. Wildlife can become entangled in trash or ingest it, often to the point that stomachs are completely blocked and the animal starves.

“Trash is an obvious eyesore and threatens vital habitat that our fish and wildlife depend on for survival,” said Save The Bay Executive Director, David Lewis. “The good news is that because we create this pollution, we have the power to diminish it. We need to act now and take simple actions, like volunteering on Coastal Cleanup Day and picking up trash in our neighborhoods to protect the Bay for future generations.”

The seven trash hot spots represent a snapshot of the many problem areas throughout the Bay. Save The Bay selected these locations because they are accessible, visible and people can do something about the trash problem at each of these places. The hot spots are most polluted by trash during the rainy season, but also have significant concentrations of trash throughout the year. Save The Bay gathered the list with input from various experts including the Regional Water Quality Control Board, the Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the California Coastal Commission, storm water pollution prevention agencies, cities, county public works officials and non-profit organizations.

Save The Bay hosts monthly cleanup and restoration days at Eden Landing Ecological Reserve, including this Saturday as part of the Coastal Commission’s 22nd annual Coastal Cleanup Day. Save The Bay will work to reduce the amount of trash at Eden Landing and the other hot spots through volunteer events, public education and advocacy efforts.

To sign up to clean up Eden Landing visit www.saveSFbay.org and to cleanup the other locations as part of Coastal Cleanup Day visit, http://www.coastal.ca.gov/. For more information on the trash hot spots visit ikeepitclean.org.

 

ABOUT SAVE THE BAY

Save The Bay is the oldest and largest membership organization working exclusively to protect, restore and celebrate San Francisco Bay. As its leading champion, Save The Bay is committed to making the Bay cleaner and healthier and connecting residents to it. Save The Bay wages and wins effective advocacy campaigns to increase public access to the Bay and protect it from today’s greatest threats - urban sprawl and pollution. This year, Save the Bay will engage thousands of volunteers in restoring 75 acres of Bay wetlands by hand and will provide Bay recreation and education opportunities for more than 5,000 students and adults. www.saveSFbay.org