Albany Beach cleanup event will target microplastics – The Mercury News

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An Albany group is taking a micro approach to shoreline cleanup with its Sift the Sand workday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Albany Beach.

“Teams of volunteers will deep-clean Albany Beach by sifting toxic microplastics out of the sand to prevent them from leaching into San Francisco Bay,” say organizers. “This technique, using static-charge filtration screens that attract tiny microplastics, is being used on beaches around the world. Sift the Sand will be the first large-scale effort in the East Bay.”

Extra hands are needed for the cleanup, hosted by the Albany Landfill Dog Owners Group with support from the Alameda County Clean Water Program, the East Bay Regional Park District and Sea Turtles Forever.

An Albany group is taking a micro approach to shoreline cleanup with its Sift the Sand workday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Albany Beach.

“Teams of volunteers will deep-clean Albany Beach by sifting toxic microplastics out of the sand to prevent them from leaching into San Francisco Bay,” say organizers. “This technique, using static-charge filtration screens that attract tiny microplastics, is being used on beaches around the world. Sift the Sand will be the first large-scale effort in the East Bay.

Extra hands are needed for the cleanup, hosted by the Albany Landfill Dog Owners Group with support from the Alameda County Clean Water Program, the East Bay Regional Park District and Sea Turtles Forever.

Marc Ward of Sea Turtles Forever, the inventor of the patented static-charge filtration screen, will discuss beach restoration techniques at the event.

Volunteer shifts are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 to 4 p.m. (or both, for the ambitious). To register email albanycadogs@gmail.com or call 510-473-2626.

 



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