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Preventing Pollution

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Coastal and Bay Cleanup Day

Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is an annual waterway and land cleanup held on the third Saturday of September. Tens of thousands of people across the state come together to help make our communities cleaner and healthier for people and animals.

San Mateo County coordinates CCD in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission, Ocean Conservancy, and many statewide and local partners (see below).

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Cigarette Butt Litter Reduction Program

Thousands of cigarette butts get picked up in San Mateo County every Coastal Cleanup Day.

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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