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Debris Removal Opens up Point Molate Beach After 12-year Closure

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By: Sherry Lippiatt

San Francisco Baykeeper, a NOAA Community-based Marine Debris Prevention and Removal program grantee, removed roughly 100 tons of marine debris from Point Molate beach in Richmond, CA.

The debris was mostly creosote-treated wood pilings, which had collected at the site over the course of several decades. Creosote is a widely used wood preservative in the United States. Wood treated with this chemical is used commercially in railroad construction, utility poles, docks, seawalls, and pier pilings. There are a number of old piers and other maritime facilities in the area that over time have broken down and become the source of this debris.

Volunteers spent 470 hours removing the pilings and other debris, which will help restore and enhance the coastal habitat and facilitate the September re-opening of the park. It had been closed for nearly 12 years.

Thank you, Baykeeper!

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

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