The conservation group Save the Bay released its annual list of regional "trash hotspots." Executive director David Lewis said it's important to understand HOW the garbage winds up in our waterways...from city streets.
"Most people don't know that storm drains are not screened," Lewis says. "That water doesn't go to a sewage treatment plant. It goes right to the nearest creek and out into the Bay. So when trash ends up on the roads, it ends up in the Bay."
And, according to the organization, these are five of the trashiest gateways to the Bay:
View Bay Area Trash Hot Spots in a larger map
Is one of these spots near your town? Close to your heart? If you vote for it here, Save the Bay could decide to adopt it this Saturday for Coastal Cleanup Day. [UPDATE: In fact, I've learned that Save the Bay is actually committing to hosting cleanups at the winning hot spot throughout 2012. The contest is live until October 14. This weekend Save the Bay will be hosting cleanups at three spots including Redwood Creek, which won the “Adopt a Spot” contest last year.]