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Program to clean-up the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta begins



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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 18, 2010
By Megan Hansen

California’s recycling agency began a $465,000 project today that will remove debris and abandoned boats from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. The clean-up is a joint effort by CalRecycle, the State Water Resources Control Board, and the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Department.
 
CalRecyle spokesperson Amy Norris says the cleaning is essential to preserve natural habitats and help the troubled waterway.  
 
Norris: “The Delta’s an important estuary. It’s very fragile and there are many problems in the Delta and there are many threatened species that are in the Delta. So it’s important to keep that water clean and the environment as pristine as possible.”
 
Norris says pollutants such as oil, gas, paint and sewage will also be removed from the river. The project cost will be covered by a CalRecycle program that collects fees for using landfills. The State Water Resources Control Board is also giving $100,000 to the project.
 
The clean-up will focus on a shoreline near Bradford Island where Solano and Contra Costa counties meet. It is expected to last five weeks.   
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