Every month since January, 1997, the Institute has removed several hundred to several thousand pounds of trash from the shoreline of Lake Merritt.
What must be done about trash in urban runoff?
- In 1998, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency formally declared that the beneficial uses of Lake Merritt (recreation, wildlife, spawning & estuarine habitat) are “impaired” because of trash and low oxygen.
- In 2009, the Water Quality Control Board required 70 Bay Area cities to reduce trash in storm water 40% by July, 2014; 70% by 2017 and 100% by 2020.
- If these requirements are not met, penalties could be as high as $25,000 per day or $10 per pound of trash remaining in the water!
Lost Anything? We found these in the Lake.