September 19, 2009 - Hundreds Turn Up for Coastal Cleanup
By Margie Shafer, KCBS News
At Ryder Park in San Mateo, the volunteers arrived early, including San Mateo County Supervisor Carole Groom.
"A bunch of us started at 7:30, and we walked clear down to the end. There's six of us and we just turned in six bags over in the dumpsters," Groom said.
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Groom, along with the other volunteers were each given two bags; one for trash and one for recycling.
Brianna Nelson of Hillsdale High School got extra credit for her health class for pitching in.
"We found three pairs of shoes. It was really strange," Nelson said. "I didn't think there'd be so many shoes out here."
San Mateo's mayor and a city councilman wore fishing waders in San Mateo Creek and found a grocery cart and a mattress imbedded in the mud.
Shari Costa Batis of San Mateo Public Works said events like this bring quality of life issues to the forefront.
"You raise people's awareness. These things are hurting our wildlife, they're hurting our environment, they're impacting your quality of life," Batis said. "I think the number of volunteers we have really shows that people are starting to care about the environment."
This is the 25th year the California Coastal Commission has hosted the event. .