Volunteers pulled more than 280 pounds of trash and recyclables and 53 tires out of creeks in Pleasanton on Saturday morning, as part of the 26th annual California Coastal Cleanup.
The city of Pleasanton has participated for 13 years, and Dublin took part for the first time, in what has become a local end-of-summer ritual. Zone 7 Water Agency, which is the water supplier and flood protection agency for the Livermore-Amador Valley, provided assistance.
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: For one thing, Pleasanton has participated in the Coastal Cleanup for 13 years, so past accumulations have previously been cleared.
In addition, CalTrans has been more diligent in cleaning up debris along Interstate 680 that can end up in the adjacent creeks. And, most importantly, the public is more aware and more conscientious about not littering.
In addition to helping prevent pollution, the annual cleanup at the end of summer helps make sure that local waterways are ready to handle flows for the upcoming season's storms.