The shorelines in Berkeley and Albany are part of this year's Coastal Cleanup Day that starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and even landlocked communities such as El Cerrito are getting in on the event.
The cleanup, part of an annual statewide and international effort, relies on volunteers to remove trash and debris from environmentally sensitive areas and tally what they find.
In Berkeley, work will be at the mouth of three creeks, along the city's shoreline and around the Berkeley Marina.
Volunteers can register on the day of the event between 9 and 10:30 a.m., behind the Sea Breeze Market and Deli on the corner of West Frontage Road and University Avenue, where they will sign waivers, receive a safety training and get directions to cleanup locations.
Along with cleaning the shore, volunteers will compile data on the types of refuse they encounter.
Groups of 10 or more need to preregister at 510-981-6720.
Organizers will provide disposable bags and gloves, but to reduce waste they encourage participants to bring a bucket or reusable bag for collecting trash, lightweight gardening gloves and a filled, reusable water bottle.
Participants are also urged to use public transportation, bicycle or carpool to get to the event.
Details: www.cityofberkeley.info/shorelinecleanup or call Patty Donald at 510-981-6720.
Another cleanup gathering will be held at the Albany Bulb and Albany Beach at the foot of Buchanan Street, sponsored by the city and The Watershed Project.
All cleanup supplies are provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottle, bucket and gloves.
Volunteers who fill out a data card will be eligible for prizes donated by local businesses.
To register in advance as a volunteer in Albany, visit coastalcleanupday-albanybulb.eventbrite.com.
El Cerrito's cleanup, hosted by Friends of Five Creeks, will focus on the stretch of Cerrito Creek that runs through Creekside Park. F5C will provide refreshments. Volunteers should meet at the south end of Santa Clara Avenue to enter the park, which is behind Pacific East Mall at the foot of Albany Hill.
Contra Costa Supervisor John Gioia is sponsoring a cleanup along the Richmond shoreline at Marina Bay for the 22nd year in partnership with the city and The Watershed Project.
Meet at Shimada Friendship Park at the end of Marina Bay Parkway at 9 a.m.
Volunteers will get a free healthy lunch at noon.
Beth Terry, author of "Plastic Free: How I Kicked the Plastic Habit and How You Can Too," will be at the event, which will also feature a kayak flotilla removing debris from the Bay water. Kayakers who want to join the effort can call 510-665-3430 for more details.
The Watershed Project is also organizing cleanups at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, Point Isabel Regional Park, Rheem Creek and Baxter Creek in Richmond, Contra Costa College in San Pablo, and Pinole Creek in Pinole.
Get details for these and other area events at www.thewatershedproject.org/post.php?postid=318.
Last year more than 82,000 volunteers turned out and removed 1,200,000 pounds of trash.
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