Earth Day 2019
Updated: May 5, 2019
To celebrate Earth Day this year, we reached out to two yacht clubs about hosting clean-up events.
Saturday, April 20th we celebrated Earth Day in style by getting our hands dirty...with trash! Over 400 pounds of trash were collected; taken out of the Bay and put into a landfill where it belongs.
The day started at Encinal Yacht Club where the Paddle Club hosted an Estuary clean-up. Coffee and bagels provided by the lovely Lisa and Theo Rohr, quick 25-minute marine-plastics presentation by Marina Fennell, and then members hopped on their SUPs and Kayaks and headed out on the Estuary to see what they could find. After about an hour and a half, we had collected 175 pounds of trash from the shores and waters of the Alameda Estuary.
After the triumph at Encinal Yacht Club in Alameda, the Earth Year Project headed over to Point Richmond for event number two at Richmond Yacht Club. With winds picking up, volunteers decided to stick to land and focus on picking up the trash before it ends up in the water. The small boat yard, parking lot, and beach next door offered plenty for us to pick up. Although we didn't put it all together and weigh it, we think we got at least 200 pounds-worth of trash put into a trailer bound for the dump. After a much-needed beer, Marina got up to give her presentation again. 10 million tons of plastic ends up in our oceans each year, and members got into a long discussion about what we can do in our community to make a difference. Certainly picking up trash is a great place to start.
Earth Year Project is geared up and getting ready for Earth Day 2020. Let's make this year count.