Pleasanton Weekly

News - October 1, 2010

Coastal Cleanup includes our creeks

Volunteers braved the heat and dusty air Saturday to pick up debris along Pleasanton's arroyos. The corps of volunteers helped pull more than 280 pounds of trash and recyclables and 53 tires out of creeks in Pleasanton as part of the 26th annual California Coastal Cleanup. Experts believe that a large portion of the trash found along California's beaches originates from inland sources and reaches the coast via creeks that drain to the Bay or the coast.

Pleasanton city staff reported a significant reduction in the amount of trash collected this year, attributing the change to a combination of factors: Pleasanton has participated in the Coastal Cleanup for 13 years, so past accumulations have previously been cleared; CalTrans has been more diligent in cleaning up debris along I-680 that can end up in the adjacent creeks; and the public is more conscientious about not littering.

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