Hundreds of volunteers combed the Berkeley shoreline on Saturday, April 16, picking up debris and cataloging their finds. That effort at Eastshore State Park in Alameda County in celebration of Earth Day included about 80 PG&E volunteers.
In an effort to educate the community, volunteers worked up and down the shoreline to pick up the plastic, garbage and cigarette butts that had washed onto the beach. Each item was cataloged and then recycled, used for compost or thrown away.
The data from the shoreline cleanup will be used to help the California Coastal Commission inform the public on what happens when they litter on or near water ways.
PG&E Vice President Janet Loduca welcomed the volunteers and spoke of PG&E’s long-standing commitment to the California State Parks Foundation and the value that volunteers bring to help keep our state parks a valuable resource to all Californians. She was joined by several other company officers including P.J. Martinez, Roy Kuga and Anil Suri.
Following the cleanup work, the East Bay Regional Park District dedicated the Berkeley Meadow in honor of the many volunteers who have worked to restore it over the years.
– Samantha White