Friday, September 23, 2011

Bayfront Cleanup - September 17, 2011

Last Saturday I took my girls out to take part in the 27th annual "Bayfront Cleanup Day".  Cities and organizations throughout the Bay Area met to spend the morning cleaning up our most beautiful and precious resource -- The San Francisco Bay. 

I started the day at 9:00 a.m. with community leader and marina lagoon resident Rick Sakuda, as he organized a group of volunteers to clean up the marina lagoon in both San Mateo and Foster City.  Employee groups from Prometheus Real Estate Group, Solar City, and Gilead were on hand to help clean up the lagoon. 

My two daughters helped me fish out plastic bags, water bottles, and even an office chair out of the lagoon.  My kids love to help play in water and mud, and they also got to learn about the importance of keeping our waterways clean. 

Around 10:30 a.m., we moved over to Ryder Park along the San Mateo shoreline, were we joined over 800 of our neighbors to help clean up the Bay Trail.  

I helped the City of San Mateo register countless elementary, middle school, and high school students who showed up to lend a hand.  I also helped City staff, including the Public Works Department, as they served a picnic lunch to all the participants.  Thanks to Whole Foods and other sponsors for sponsoring the lunch!

All in all, it was a great day to clean up the Bay.  Efforts such as this are important not only to clean up our Bay, but to highlight the importance of keeping our environment clean and sustainable for everyone.  Thanks to the wonderful City of San Mateo staff who staffed the event, and to everyone in the community who showed up to help!  

Here are some photos from the day: 

 Thanks to Community Leader and Marina Resident Rick Sakuda for Organizing the Lagoon Clean-Up!

The Staff from Prometheus Real Estate Group Registering Volunteers

My Daughters Doing Their Part To Clean-Up the Bayfront!

My Daughter and I Taking a Break After Hauling An Office Chair Out of the Lagoon

This is One Less Bag of Trash That Will Bother Our Bay!!

City of San Mateo Staff Busily Helping Volunteers

Mayor Jack Matthews Thanks All the Participants

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