International Coastal Clean-Up Day, Saturday September 16th

Next week the annual shoreline cleanup day takes place. To get this done, we're recruiting new and old members and leaders for the BYC Stewardship Committee. Please know that under the leadership of our own beloved member and marine biologist Carol Keiper through the years, this event has been a huge success and an incredible community builder of new relationships throughout the marina. We now NEED YOU to help us continue this tradition.

Please assist in keeping BYC's participation alive in this global event. The Berkeley Marina and Park areas benefit from everyone's continued stewardship.

To get involved at this critical time when the global environment is under so much pressure from social and political change is easy, and who get to meet many new people. Much of the information below comes to us from the City of Berkeley's Marina Web Site, and is known to have been updated recently:

The Details: The International Shoreline Cleanup The 33rd annual International Shoreline Cleanup will be the 16th next Saturday. It takes place once a year, all over the world. The clean-up is sponsored by organizations and government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission. You can also visit the Commission at www.coast4u.org.

Date: Next Week 9-16-2017

Time: Cleanup 9:00 am -12:00 noon and stay for the raffle 12:00 noon -1:00 pm

Where to meet: Meet at the Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave. Berkeley Marina. Please carpool if you can or take the A.C. transit 81 bus. Parking is limited. Bike parking available.

Who should come? All ages are encouraged to come. This is a great family event! The Stewardship Committee still needs to register at naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info If you are bringing children/youth under age 18 - Children must have a waiver signed by their parent or guardian. Parents can sign at the event or send a signed waiver with the adult bringing their child. Waiver Here! Youth cannot stay without an adult unless they are 15 years or older.

What to expect when you arrive Enjoy some morning snacks and coffee donated by Whole Foods Market. Sign a waiver. Each adult will sign a waiver for themselves. Parents/guardians will sign for children/youth under age 18 or turn in a pre-signed child's waiver available for download here. Safety talks, each lasting about ten minutes, begin at 9:00 and continue until 10:30. After the talk, you will go with a site leader to one of the 7 clean-up locations. Most are within walking distance of the main staging area. After the clean-up ends at 12:00 noon, please return to the Nature Center where we will collect your data cards and give you a raffle ticket for some wonderful prizes donated by local businesses.

How to prepare Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. Wear a hat and sunscreen We will provide data cards and pencils, and we encourage you to bring your own bucket and gloves. If you do not have them we will provide them for you. Remember to bring signed waivers for children/youth under age 18. Where will we clean? The cleanup takes place at the mouth of three creeks, along our east shoreline, and around the Berkeley Marina. Some of the shoreline areas we are cleaning are part of the Eastshore State Park, which extends along the shoreline between Emeryville and Richmond. The clean-up provides a wonderful, empowering reason to connect the cities, to make a difference and to explore the unique shoreline areas. You'll be picking up trash that comes down our creeks, into the Bay, and then into the Ocean. The clean-up locations are chosen based on where the tides and currents deposit the trash onto the shoreline. These areas of the Bay are like a big dirty bathtub ring. Typically, 80% of the litter we pick up comes from inland, not the ocean.

The BYC Team usually takes on during theĀ area around our club house. In 2016 during this event, all along the shorelines of the cities of Berkeley, Albany and Emeryville,1,015 volunteers picked up over 3,386 lbs.of trash and 298 lbs.of recyclables. Top items this year were 27,684 small plastic pieces;9,280 bottle caps; 8,358 foam pieces; 8,152 cigarette butts; 5,826 food wrappers; 3,269 Foam Packaging items; 2,694 glass pieces; 2,156 straws and stirrers; 2,144 plastic bags; and 1,577 forks, knives and spoons. This data volunteers collected is helping to change laws and alert YOU the consumer that maybe we don't need to buy these items... You can make an even stronger impact by continuing your efforts throughout the year. Join us for our monthly cleanups described below. You can also help without leaving home. We need everyone every day to clean-up, so adopt 10 feet in front of your home or storm drain and clean it once a day. If you're like Lisa and I and live aboard here in Berkeley or elsewhere, why not adopt twenty-five feet of shoreline?

Monthly Shoreline Cleanups Individuals, families and groups are welcome to join the team on the third Saturday of each month for regular small clean-ups that meet nearby at the Shorebird Park Nature Center. Unfortunately, rain that cleans your street, washes the trash down the creeks and storm drains and onto our shores. They are continuously covered with trash and need your help. Clean-ups begin at 9 and go until 11:30. Please PRE-REGISTER so you can receive additional information and waivers for children. Let the event organizers know who many are in our group and ability range, so we can pick the right location for you. We usually adopt the shoreline immediately around the clubhouse. On the day of the cleanup: Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers. The organizers can provide materials but if you can bring your own gloves and buckets it helps. All clean-ups include information about plastics pollution, give you ideas on how to help at home and end with a safety talk. Data is collected at each clean-up, so we have facts to change laws. We will lead you to the location and show you how to deal with the trash and recycling. If you 'd like to be part of the BYC's participation in coastal clean-up events, know that all are welcome. Bring the whole family. Are you a teacher? Bring your students! The nature center will confirm the date as a group and send you any pertinent information and waivers for those under 18 yrs. old for that day. 510 843-9292 and leave a message or email naturecenter@cityofberkeley.info.

Tell them you're on the BYC Stewardship Team. You may also contact me if you wish to join in and/or lead this year's BYC Stewardship Team! We'd love to have you aboard! We have other committee opportunities too that you won't need a bucket for!

Chuck Bullett; Vice Commodore