photo by Andrew Kearns

MSEL Students Clean Up Las Gallinas Creek

Students from the Marin School of Environmental Leadership at Terra Linda High School gathered on a Saturday to remove debris from Las Gallinas Creek. Clean Mill Valley’s Joan Murray and Marin Clean Highways’ Vicky Dehnert and Jill Whitebook, are advisers to the group of six sophomores whose project they have named “Refuse Refuse”.

Joan, Vicky and Jill lead the umbrella group of Clean Marin. One primary goal is to bring communities in our county together to work for a common cause and educate all age groups in Marin about the negative impact of litter to our environment.

One of our students spoke at a San Rafael City Council meeting during Public Open Time about their work and plan to be back at the end of their project to present their research and findings to the city council. They are working to create educational outreach to elementary schools. Read more about their accomplishments on our website as the semester progresses.

An impressive sight as these four students made their way in kayaks to remove debris and prevent it from going out into the bay and beyond.

We are also working with other students at schools in Marin and welcome any teacher or student to contact us about earning community service hours or obtaining an internship with Clean Mill Valley. Contact Joan Murray at for more information.

Photos by Matt O’Brien

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Some of our members have already adopted spots where they regularly pick up litter. We are seeing good results, but we need more hands! We are encouraging people to pitch in and adopt a section of a street in their neighborhood, an area of a favorite Step, Lane or Path, or an unsightly corner at a bus stop. We hope our combined efforts will help keep our town, its creeks, marshes and Bay clean.

If you have any questions or would like to pitch in and adopt a spot to clean up, please contact Jill at This will help us to coordinate our efforts and spread the word about Adopt A Spot!


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