Beach Clean-Up, Other Events Slated at Crab Cove

Now that the rains and cooler temperatures have returned, more debris gets washed into the Estuary and into the Bay. Residents are asked to visit Crab Cove, 1252 McKay Avenue, this coming Saturday, November 12, for a special beach clean-up event.

The cleaning will take place from about 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and visitors will also observe some of the local sea creatures and other wildlife in the area. Students can earn community-service hours by participating. Call 510-544-3187.

Later this Saturday, from about 2 to 3 p.m., children and others can learn about fish and other animals that are new to the Crab Cove Visitor’s Center and the area around it in Alameda.

This year’s Coastal Cleanup on Crown Beach in mid-September drew nearly 600 people to the waterfront, and they picked up about a ton of trash, organizers say. “It was another successful year – another banner year, in fact,” said Kerry Parker of the Public Works Department.

Last year’s effort involved not only Crown Beach but also the waterfront area by the Encinal Boat Ramp. As a result, the number of volunteers was higher and more litter, including large pieces of trash, was collected in 2010.

Across the state, the number of volunteers has been growing in recent years, while the total quantity of trash collected has declined, Parker says. “This means that our efforts are having a measurable impact,” she explained. Still, she says, trash from city streets gets into the Bay when it rains via storm drains, so residents need to be sure that everything from cigarette butts to plastic-bottle caps are put into the garbage each day.

Janet Levaux