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  Fantastic Effort! Baykeeper's Heavy Marine Debris Cleanup at Pt. Molate Beach this Past Saturday
April 23, 2013

The following was sent to me by Joan Garrett:

Hi folks -

Many thanks to those of you who came out to support Baykeeper's heavy marine debris cleanup project on the San Pablo Peninsula with it's Pt. Molate Beach cleanup last Saturday. The amount of drifted pilings is really hard to fathom until you see it!  Last Saturday's effort focused on staging the debris so that it can be more efficiently collected and hauled off the beach.  There was some serious heavy lifting involved, with many timbers requiring 6 and 8 person carry teams. This very important project will continue over the next couple of months with another volunteer work day tentatively planned for May 11th.  We'll keep you posted on details as they evolve.  We are very grateful for Baykeeper's efforts on this.  With one arm in a sling - post shoulder surgery, Baykeeper's staff scientist and project manager, Ian Wren successfully guided the effort to assemble the staging areas and dismantle bonded timber. The cleanup project will result in not only removing toxic pilings from the shoreline, but will also improve safety for swimmers and paddlers at the beach. Non-toxic timber that can be upcycled into railings, fencing, treads, and aesthetic artifacts will be preserved.

Enjoy this photo gallery of the day's work.  It's amazing what can be accomplished when folks put their heads, hearts, and muscle into a project!

Thank You for your support.

Joan Garrett
Citizens for a Sustainable Pt. Molate