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Preventing Pollution

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Cigarette Butt Litter Reduction Program

Volunteers picked up 29,145 cigarette butts in San Mateo County on Coastal Cleanup Day 2015.

When butts are littered onto streets and sidewalks, they are easily washed, blown, or flicked down storm drains that lead straight into local creeks, the Bay, and the Pacific Ocean without any treatment. In addition to being unsightly, cigarette butts never disappear because they are made of plastic and do not biodegrade. They are toxic to marine and freshwater fish. 

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Fitzgerald ASBS Pollution Reduction Program

The ASBS is a Special Area Worth Protecting

The James V. Fitzgerald Area of Special Biological Significance (Fitzgerald ASBS) is located approximately 7 miles north of Half Moon Bay and extends from 4th Street, Montara south to the Pillar Point breakwater.  The Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (Reserve) is located within the boundary of the ASBS.  The Reserve was created in 1969 to protect the mosaic of habitats and tremendous diversity of marine life that exists in the area. 

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