Every year Save the Bay identifies Bay Area trash hot spots – sites around the Bay that have high levels of trash. They release a report about these spots so you might have read about them in local newspapers. But this year, they’re going a step further. Anyone can vote for one of the five Bay Trash Hot Spots, and Save the Bay will organize volunteer clean ups at the winning site throughout 2012.
One of the five sites is Oakland’s Damon Slough. My initial reaction to seeing that was, huh, what’s a slough? And where is that? My second reaction was to vote for it because it’s in Oakland. Then, I did a little research.
A slough is a swamp or a creek, in this case one that drains into the Bay. If you’ve ever been to the Coliseum, you’ve certainly passed over Damon Slough, whether from BART or from the parking lot. Here’s an image from Google Maps:
As I’m sure you can imagine, trash from thousands of fans blows into Damon Slough consistently, which is why it often “earns” a spot on Save the Bay’s annual trash hot spots list. Here’s one image of this trash from Save the Bay’s blog:
Clearly, Damon Slough could use some love. And there’s an easy way to help. As of yesterday, Damon Slough was in second place in Save the Bay’s voting, just 14 votes behind Pulgas Creek:
1. Pulgas Creek in San Carlos – 216
2. Damon Slough in Oakland – 202
3. Guadalupe River in San Jose – 173
4. Mission Creek in San Francisco – 164
5. Baxter Creek in Richmond – 109
We can’t let San Carlos beat Oakland so please take 30 seconds and vote for Damon Slough. Damon Slough isn’t just worth voting for because it’s in Oakland. As I found out from Save the Bay, “Damon Slough and other creeks drain Oakland’s trash into a restored wetland, Arrowhead Marsh, home to native plants and endangered birds.”
Please vote for Damon Slough so that Save the Bay will adopt it next year. And if you want to spread the word, you can pass on this blog post or tweet about it using the #BTHS11 hashtag. Voting ends on October 14th so we should be able to catch up to Pulgas Creek and make sure Damon Slough is adopted!