Trash "Hotspots" Violate Clean Water Act
The annual list of Bay Area trash hot spots is out, showing five areas so clogged with trash that they violate the Clean Water Act.
The non-profit Save the Bay identifies the sites by using data that Bay Area cities gather in monitoring their waterways. Save the Bay's executive director David Lewis says this isn't industrial waste.
"The trash is everyday items, plastic bags, Styrofoam, food containers, cigarette butts." Lewis said. "These are all part of the urban trash that gets into the storm drains, and flows through creeks, and discharges into the Bay."
The trash hotspots include Coyote Creek in San Jose, Damon Slough in Oakland, Baxter Creek in Richmond, San Tomas Aquino Creek in Santa Clara, and the Hayward Shoreline. The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board requires Bay Area cities to stop trash from entering the bay through storm systems by 2022.
Volunteers can help with cleanup this Saturday, at the annual Coastal Cleanup Day.
You can find information about the trash hot spots and a link to photos of them here.