photo by Andrew Kearns

Mill Valley Volunteer Celebration Day!

Sunday, April 29th from 11:00am to 2:00pm

Clean Mill Valley will join in the festivities to celebrate Volunteer Week at the Mill Valley Community Center and learn about other non-profits in town (We promise that we won’t put you to work). Event will be held at the Mill Valley Community Center, 180 Camino Alto, and will feature Live Music by R&B headliner Cheap Therapy. Food trucks and free beer will be on hand. Come and be recognized for all of your hard work! Local organizations and nonprofits will be on site providing information on the variety of volunteer groups you and your family can join.

Any questions can be directed to: Ronnie Moore, Volunteer Coordinator.

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Next Clean-up: Take in the Vista!

The entrance to Marin County could be more inviting. On Friday, May 11th at 9:30am Clean Mill Valley volunteers plan on starting from Vista Point (near the Golden Gate Bridge's North Towers) and spreading out from there along Alexander Avenue and points north and west. We plan to park in the lot on the west side of the bridge. Some of us will carpool.

Contact Joan Murray for more info. As always we will provide vests, pickers, and bags as needed. Bring your gloves!

Reporting From the Summit

Joan Murray reports on the January 31st Clean Marin Action Teams Meeting

On Wednesday, January 31st, we had our first large followup meeting to the Trash Summit held on November 1st, 2017. Individuals and independent groups have continued to work on their own litter activities, so much work has been done in the interim. The followup meeting was held in the Marin County Supervisors’ chambers and was led by the team at the Marin County Stormwater Pollution Prevention Program (MCSTPPP).

Action Team Goals Promoted at the Meeting:

• Designate one Saturday a month for county-wide cleanups to be posted at cleanmarin.org as well as other websites and will be led by alternating litter leaders in our communities.

• Expanding “Clean” programs to include representation from every municipality in Marin

• Advocate for support and assistance from local public works’ or parks’ organizations

• Develop bilingual signage for trash receptacles

• Focus on trash hot spots as well as parks and playgrounds

• Engage schools and educate via cleanup events

• Engage the homeless to be part of the solution

• Use social media to recruit for cleanup events and recruit outdoor education groups

Some of these goals overlap with those of the other groups so the next step will be to focus on what the Volunteer Cleanup Group can do and what it will take to achieve those goals. For those of you who are interested, please contact me at joan@cleanmv.org and I will contact you when we have a date and time to get together. We can solidify those goals on February 28th when we meet with the other groups.

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I want to thank Chris Brokate from Clean River Alliance, who protects the Russian River Watershed, for attending our gathering on January 31st. He leads a huge group of litter removers, including many homeless volunteers. We look forward to partnering with him in the future. Also a special thank you to Rob Carson, Angela Clapp and Howard Bunce for their organization and leadership to address litter prevention and its removal. Thanks also to Ann Bauer, Volunteer Coordinator for the City of San Rafael, and Kirk Schroeder, Volunteer Coordinator for Marin County Parks, for helping to lead the Volunteer Group Action Team session where we worked to develop a strategic plan for “Clean” volunteer groups in Marin.

Welcome to
Adopt A Spot!

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 adoptaspot@cleanmv.org. This will help us to coordinate our efforts and spread the word about Adopt A Spot!

Adopt A Spot logo design by Mary Osborn
Photo by Jim Stephenson

Tam High Delivers an Important Message!

Anyone driving, walking or riding past Tam High when its dark can read the school’s electronic sign about littering being a social disease. That spot near Miller Avenue and Camino Alto is a strong magnet for litter and debris which winds up in our marsh and in the bay. We hope that others heed the message.

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