LINDA MAR BEACH CLEANUP AFTER THE FIREWORKS: Sue and Myrna walked the high-tide line at Linda Mar Beach on the Fourth of July, removing more than 35 gallons of firework debris that would have otherwise washed out to sea. Sue said that the beach looked like a war zone. Some people brought buckets for their fireworks debris, but they were in the minority. Some people were setting off fireworks at the water's edge, where the next wave would take it away. One person unwrapped fireworks and discarded the plastic wrap on the ground. Most of the fireworks were so-called safe and sane. It looked like most people on the beach were visitors to Pacifica. How many of them bought their fireworks in Pacifica is unknown. All of the provided garbage cans on the beach were overflowing with debris. Public Works was out at the beach by 7 a.m. the next day with a tractor and bucket to collect garbage. As short-staffed as they are, they did their best, as they always do. Some local fireworks sellers showed up at the beach cleanup.
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NEW RECYCLING LAW: New state law requires California businesses and multifamily dwellings to recycle if they generate four or more cubic yards of garbage weekly.
New Recycling Law
"Climate Change and Gray Whales" brought to you by the American Cetacean Society, Thursday, July 26 from 7 to 9 p.m., Bay Model Visitor Center, 2100 Bridgeway, Sausalito. Climate change can occur naturally as well as from human activities. The impacts of climate change on large mobile organisms are often difficult to assess or predict. In this presentation, Dr. Jonathan Stern discusses implications of climate change on Eastern Pacific Gray Whales. These whales are seasonal migrants along the California coast, and can be seen very close to shore. Research on these whales and their feeding grounds suggest a few scenarios that gray whales may face in the very near future.
On July 21, we have a table at the Dog Daze event. Thanks to Helen, Deirdre, Beth, Judy, and Kristina for answering the call!
Lynn and Linda Tringali are working on a program to engage high school students in teaching ocean stewardship courses to elementary school kids. If you want to help, let us know!
Lynn Adams, Pacifica Beach Coalition, 650-355-1668 Office, 415-309-5856 Cell