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Hundreds of creeks are in trouble, and who knows better than us, the people that love being near the water and the people that walk along our creeks. South Bay Coyote Creek, Saratoga Creek, and the Guadalupe River are in the top ten of trash-impaired waterways in the South Bay. In Santa Clara county alone, there are 800 miles of creeks, many are part of recreation areas. When trash collects in the creeks if affects all of us, our water quality, fish and aquatic life and the ocean.
Monitoring is a key in clean up and prioritizing which hot spot gets help first. Now we can help, an innovative IBM researcher, Christine Robson has made an app for the iPhone. You send water level, flow rate and picture using the CREEK WATCH app and it helps the scientists monitor our waterways. The iPhone app is in beta test now and being reviewed by Apple to go live soon. Take a look at this link from from abc7news.com: “Scientists use iPhone app to collect creek data”
It’s piling up! And why? Because San Mateo County Garbage workers are on strike!
When we pay attention to recycling, composting, using less packaging, this becomes less of an issue. I wouldn’t want to be the family with a mound of plastic disposable diapers and no trash pick-up on this very hot sweltering week. Ugh!
Garbage workers in San Mateo County started a 48-hour strike Wednesday (Aug. 25) to protest stalled contract negotiations with Allied Waste Industries, a company spokeswoman said.
Several East Palo Alto residents said their garbage bins, normally collected Wednesday at 6 a.m., still lingered on the curb by mid-afternoon. The sweltering afternoon heat accentuated the pungent smell, one resident said.
Thirteen workers at the Ox Mountain Landfill near Half Moon Bay are participating in the two-day strike over negotiations that have stalled since their contract expired at the end of 2009, Allied Waste spokeswoman Peg Mulloy said.
There are two masses of garbage floating in our oceans, both the size of Texas. Two! One site is 1000 miles west of California and 1000 miles west of Hawaii. The other site is 1000 miles off the coast of Japan. Ocean currents [gyres] moved the discarded trash into a giant heap. Nudging the bottles and plastic junk into an amorphous spheres like stirring a pot of plastic soup. The SF Chronicle reported on this in October 2007. This patch has a long history growing ten-fold every decade for the last 50 years. Most of the refuse comes from land where it was not disposed of properly – floating in from rivers, streams and waterways.
The Independent offers a recent article. Its celebrity has prompted a page on Face Book. Maybe soon the Garbage patch will get an SSN and an identity, it will be here for a long while.