Weekly Roundup September 21, 2012

weekly roundupFive years after passing the first bag ban in the country, San Francisco’s expanded plastic bag ban goes into effect October 1st. After Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers removed 320 tons of trash from California’s waterways, the need for strong pollution prevention policies is clear. San Rafael joined the growing list of cities with polystyrene bans. Save The Bay’s volunteers were out in full force in Oakland and San Jose, where 145 volunteers removed 2,700 lbs of trash. Kron 4 featured the polluted Hayward shoreline, one of Save The Bay’s 5 Bay Trash Hot Spots. KQED hosted a Google Plus Hangout on plastic pollution in the ocean with David Lewis and other environmental leaders. In climate change news, a call to address tidal flooding in the South Bay. And a new site helps local Bay Area residents keep pharmaceuticals out of the Bay.

San Francisco Chronicle 9/21/2012
New SF checkout bag law takes effect Oct. 1
Starting Oct. 1, BYOB in San Francisco will take on a whole new meaning. Then, shoppers will have to bring their own bags when buying booze – and just about anything else – or incur a charge.
10 ways to kick the bag habit >>

Marin Independent Journal 9/17/2012
San Rafael bans polystyrene takeout food containers
San Rafael’s City Council on Monday adopted a ban on the use of polystyrene foam takeout containers by local restaurants, cafes and other establishments, to become effective in one year. The ordinance passed by the council prohibits the use of the containers, more commonly known as Styrofoam, and will affect about 250 local businesses. San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips and councilmembers Barbara Heller and Andrew McCullough all voted in favor of the ordinance; the remaining two councilmembers were absent.

San Jose Mercury News 9/16/2012
320 tons of debris removed from state’s waterways during California Coastal Cleanup
From foggy Ocean Beach in San Francisco to the creeks of Silicon Valley to the baking hot beaches of sunny Los Angeles, tens of thousands of Californians turned out Saturday to pick up mountains of trash at 850 locations across the state.
With about 70 percent of counties reporting by late Saturday, the California Coastal Commission reported that 57,442 volunteers took part in the 28th annual California Coastal Cleanup.

CBS 5 9/15/2012
1000s Of Bay Area Volunteers Come Out On California Coastal Cleanup Day
Thousands of Bay Area volunteers headed to local shorelines, beaches and inland waterways as part of the 28th annual California Coastal Cleanup on Saturday.This year at sites throughout all Bay Area counties volunteers picked up trash, recyclables and other debris between 9 a.m. and noon for the annual community service day.

Oakland North 9/17/2012
Volunteers flock to Oakland shorelines for Coastal Cleanup Day
Perry Parsons, an 8th grader at St. Mark’s Episcopal School in Oakland, discovered a spring, a shoe and a part of a black plastic wall socket that “looks like a face” in the Damon Slough waterway in East Oakland while volunteering on Saturday at the city’s Creek to Bay community service day.

KRON 4 9/12/2012
Save The Bay – People Behaving Badly
Save the Bay Released it’s most polluted waterways in the San Francisco Bay Stanley Roberts takes a closer look at one of those beaches.
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KQED Science 9/19/2012
Plastic Pollution in the Ocean
KQED SCIENCE hosted a Hangout on Air round table discussion about the growing problem of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Much of the 300 million tons of plastic is produced globally each year is carelessly discarded and goes from landfills or streets to streams, eventually floating out to sea. The floating garbage is then caught up in the currents, coalescing into swirling marine vortexes called “gyres”.
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Milpitas Post 9/19/2012
WATER WISE: South Bay tidal flooding risk must be addressed
With the threat of sea levels rising due to climate change and the reality of an aging levee system, the risk of tidal flooding in the South Bay must be addressed. For decades shoreline levees, maintained as part of salt production in the South Bay, have also provided a level of flood protection. But in 2003 thousands of acres of these former salt ponds were acquired by the state and federal government in order to allow for habitat restoration.

Oakland Tribune 9/19/2012
Campaign aims to keep drugs out of Bay Area waters
Bay Area residents have had options for getting rid of old pills piling up in their medicine cabinets. But the “No Drugs Down the Drain” campaign launched Monday wants to make sure consumers take their leftover pharmaceuticals to local law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, hospitals and other designated drop-off sites.