Save The Bay And City Of Redwood City Partner To Clean Up Bay Trash Hot Spot Redwood Creek On April 30

April 25, 2011

Save The Bay, the City of Redwood City, and its Pride and Beautification Committee are pleased to announce a partnership to clean up Redwood Creek, one of the 225 waterways making Save The Bay’s annual list of Bay Trash Hot Spots in 2010. Both the non-profit and Redwood City staff have recruited hundreds of volunteers to pick up trash along one of the trashiest stretches of the creek as part of Redwood City’s Annual Spring Cleanup on Saturday, April 30.
 
“We are thrilled to partner with Redwood City staff and residents throughout this year to clean up Redwood Creek,” said Save The Bay Executive Director David Lewis. “Save The Bay is committed to working with local cities and residents to eliminate the pervasive and growing trash problem in San Francisco Bay.”
 
“Our annual Spring Cleanup is a great community building event,” said Redwood City Mayor Jeff Ira. “We’re grateful to Save The Bay for bringing even more volunteers, and focusing on Redwood Creek as a particularly important cleanup spot.”

Redwood Creek Winner of Bay Trash Hot Spots “Adopt-a-Spot” Contest
In conjunction with last year’s Coastal Cleanup Day, Save The Bay asked Bay Area residents to vote for one of seven selected Bay Trash Hot Spots for the organization to “adopt” with a series of volunteer cleanups throughout 2011. The contest sites, which were situated throughout the region, were chosen based on several criteria, including proximity to heavily-used areas and major transportation corridors, habitat for endangered species, and Clean Water Act violations.

As a result of sustained community outreach and a strong local culture of protecting the city’s creeks and shorelines, Redwood City residents outshined their regional counterparts by notching nearly 800 votes for Redwood Creek. The April 30 cleanup marks the second of four cleanups Save The Bay will sponsor throughout the year.

Redwood Creek, San Francisco Bay Threatened by Trash
Redwood Creek flows through downtown Redwood City and accumulates trash from commercial and residential corridors, high-traffic zones, and general littering from pedestrians. This urban creek flows into the Bay at Bair Island, which is currently being restored to tidal marsh and is home to many sensitive plant and animal species.

Bay trash continues to accumulate in massive amounts – choking wetlands, poisoning and entangling wildlife, degrading water quality and threatening public health and our quality of life. The most commonly litter items include cigarette butts, food wrappers and plastic bags. In fact, Save The Bay estimates that more than one million plastic bags pollute the Bay each year.

Annual Spring Cleanup Day Aims to Spruce Up the City
Twice a year, Redwood City’s Pride and Beautification Committee holds special volunteer cleanup days to focus efforts on beautifying a specific site or area, and to promote year-round pride in Redwood City by cleaning up school sites, the waterfront, parks, streets, and other areas.

This year, in addition to a concentration on Redwood Creek, Redwood City’s Annual Spring Cleanup Day focuses on sprucing up the areas around El Camino/Broadway, Jefferson/James, Little River Park, Union Cemetery, Woodside Road, and the Bay Front Canal. The volunteer event offers an easy and fun project for kids and adults alike, and meets community service requirements for many schools. Further, with Earth Day on April 22, this cleanup effort provides an excellent opportunity to give something back to the planet.

Other Spring Cleanup sponsors include: San Mateo Credit Union, Recology, Sims Metal Management, Shinnyo-En, and Keep California Beautiful.

Spring Cleanup Details
Spring Cleanup participants should meet at 8:30 am on Saturday, April 30 at the City’s Public Works Services Building, located at 1400 Broadway (near Broadway and Woodside Road). After a complimentary continental breakfast, volunteers will head out to the various cleanup areas – those volunteers wishing to focus on Redwood Creek will gather with Save The Bay team captains and then move out to a section of the creek needing particular attention. At noon, all volunteers will meet for a free Thank You BBQ lunch back at the Public Works building.

About Save The Bay
Save The Bay is the largest regional organization working to protect and restore San Francisco Bay. Formed in 1961, Save The Bay is celebrating 50 years as the Bay’s leading champion, protecting our natural treasure from pollution and inappropriate shoreline development; restoring habitat; and securing strong policies to re-establish 100,000 acres of wetlands that are essential for a healthy Bay. We engage more than 25,000 supporters, advocates and volunteers to protect the Bay, and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders by educating thousands of students annually. Save The Bay is proud to have achieved this impressive milestone and remains dedicated to making the Bay cleaner and healthier for people and wildlife. www.saveSFbay.org

About Redwood City
Visit Redwood City’s website at www.redwoodcity.org for information about the City and its services, the community, recreation programs, education, and local business. Subscribe to Redwood City’s electronic newsletter or other City documents at www.redwoodcity.org/egov.

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