For Immediate ReleaseAugust 08, 2019
CalRecycle grant funding to help with effort to restore part of Stemple Creek
San Rafael, CA – Several agencies are working to clean up a 1,584-foot-long stretch of an unnamed tributary of Stemple Creek that was found to be a significant site of illegal dumping in West Marin.
The project is being led by the Marin Resource Conservation District (MRCD) with the assistance of the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTOPPP), as both agencies strive to protect the county’s waterways from pollution. MRCD secured a $40,000 state grant from CalRecycle’s Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program to help fund the cleanup project.
Dumping trash and debris into local creeks and waterways is a detriment to the regional ecosystem and can eventually contribute to bay and coastal pollution.
“Our goal is to prevent stormwater pollution, as well as protect and enhance water quality in creeks and wetlands,” said Rob Carson, MCSTOPPP program administrator. “Dumping material off the side of the road, often into our local creeks, has terrible ecological consequences and seriously impacts Marin’s natural beauty for future generations.”
Additionally, MCSTOPPP and MRCD will work with the private landowner to implement surveillance monitoring of the tributary to prevent future illegal dumping. Other possible monitoring strategies are being planned for potential locations across the county to help protect against similar issues. MCSTOPPP is coordinating with the Marin County Sheriff’s Office and the Marin County District Attorney’s Office on enforcement against individuals found responsible of illegal dumping.
“While this multiagency effort is a significant accomplishment,” said Sarah Phillips, MRCD’s Urban Streams Manager, “it is important for people to understand the severity of illegal dumping and do their part to stop it from happening in the first place.”
Rob CarsonStormwater Program AdministratorPublic Works
3501 Civic Center DriveSuite 304San Rafael, CA 94903(415) 473-2745Email: Rob CarsonMCSTOPPP webpage