This year’s Coastal Cleanup on Crown Beach on Saturday, Sept. 17, drew 592 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.
There’s some discussion about the level of activity in 2011 vs. 2010, and Parker wants to set the record straight on this matter. Last year’s effort involved not only Crown Beach but also the waterfront area by the Encinal Boat Ramp, she says. 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 Coastal Cleanup volunteers has been growing in recent years, she adds, while the total quantity of trash collected has declined. “This means that our efforts are having a measurable impact,” Parker 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.
Alameda residents who want to support regular, perhaps monthly, efforts to clean up Crown Beach should contact the East Bay Regional Park District supervisor for the area, Kevin Takei, at (510) 544-3171. And feel free to contact this blog site about such efforts, so we can spread the word on how Alamedans can protect our waterfront.