“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
Heidi Schmidt, who volunteered at the event with her sons George and Albert and their Boy Scouts of America Troop 78 of Alameda, was amazed at the odd items they found, like toys and single — for some reason, mostly left — shoes.“It’s exciting because you never know what you’re going to find,” Schmidt said.The park district had an informal contest to see who could find the oddest item. Contenders included a car grille and firework shells.Mike Loder, who has volunteered at the event for years, said the shoreline appeared to have been cleaner than in past years. He said the event has also grown.Other Day of Service events were held throughout the city over the three-day weekend. The city organized cleanups on Saturday at sites in North Oakland, West Oakland, Chinatown, Fruitvale and East Oakland.Community groups organized service projects in Sobrante Park on Monday. City Councilman Dan Kalb sponsored a blood drive Monday at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center.Two large groups that participated in the shoreline cleanup together were the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., Epsilon Phi Zeta Chapter and the Girl Scout Troop 30017. The sorority is a traditionally African-American organization, and on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, its chapters across the country participate in service projects.“We live in the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr., and this is one way we could do it on a cooperative level with other people,” said sorority member Jonelle Campbell.
Sept. 16. Volunteers will convene at Carquinez Strait and Martinez Shoreline in Martinez, Point Pinole and Point Isabel in Richmond, Crown Beach in Alameda, Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline in Oakland, Hayward Shoreline in Hayward and Lake Del Valle, south of Livermore.The Park District will provide snacks, water and trash bags. It’s a great family activity; volunteers ages 15 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is required. For information and registration, call 510-544-2515.Martinez: Also at Carquinez Strait, naturalist Kevin Dixon will lead a “Family Night” stroll from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, starting at the Nejedly Staging Area, which is on Carquinez Scenic Drive just past Alhambra Pioneer Cemetery in Martinez.It’s a chance to meet your neighbors and enjoy an easy walk, suitable for strollers, wheelchairs and people of all ages, with beautiful views of the strait. For information, call 510-544-2750.Berkeley, Crockett: Along with turning leaves and cooler weather, another harbinger of fall in the natural world is spider activity. Naturalist Trent Pearce will explore the phenomenon with a series of spider safaris, all from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in various regional parks.The group will search for orb weavers, wolf spiders, mygalomorphs (another kind of spider) and the ever-popular tarantulas. There’s a safari Sept. 16 at Tilden Nature Area near Be... (East Bay Times)
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Last July, 26 of the 70 cities and other municipalities in Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo and Solano counties fell short of the reduction target, which was then 60 percent.Begin Slideshow3 Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle Image 1of/3CaptionCloseImage 1 of 3Lion Creek, filled with litter, is one of the creeks that empties into Damon Slough near the Coliseum complex in Oakland.Lion Creek, filled with litter, is one of the creeks that empties into Damon Slough near the Coliseum complex in Oakland. Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle Image 2 of 3David Lewis, executive director of the non profit Save the Bay, looks out over the foul- smelling Damon Slough, one of the trashiest waterways in the Oakland Estuary.David Lewis, executive director of the non profit Save the Bay, looks out over the foul- smelling Damon Slough, one of the trashiest waterways in the Oakland Estuary. Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle Image 3 of 3Garbage lies scattered along Lion Creek, which empties into Damon Slough in Oakland.Garbage lies scattered along Lion Creek, which empties into Damon Slough in Oakland. Photo: Leah Millis, The Chronicle Oakland targeted in bid to cut trash flow into SF BayBack to GalleryOakland had cut its output 44.6 percent by last year. Collectively, the Bay Area had achieved a 50 percent reduction compared with 2009 — the equivalent of a million gallons of trash.The goals were set eight years ago after the water quality board required local agencies to measure the garbage flowing from storm drains. Regulators were concerned about the 2 million gallons of trash found bobbing in Bay Area waterways, about half of it plastic grocery bags, candy wrappers, lids, straws and chip bags.For each city, compliance is calculated by measuring how much detritus local cleanup programs pull off the streets or out of the drains. More weight is given to the most effective measures, like installing hydrodynamic separators, which capture all garbage flowing down a drain. The amounts cleaned are subtracted from the 2009 baseline.The crackdown is important, conservationists say, because the waste leaches toxins, flows into the bay and winds up in the ocean, where the plastic breaks down into tiny pieces that are ingested by marine mammals, fish and birds.It was an indifferent attitude about litter, experts say, that created the enormous floating garbage patch in the North Pacific, a stew that marine biologists consider an ecosystem catastrophe.In Oakland, where 8,000 storm drain inlets ... (San Francisco Chronicle)