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Plastic Bags in Alameda County



Recycling Program


Alameda County Waste Management Authority Reusable Bag OrdinanceBring your own bag – not just for grocery stores beginning May 1

By now you’re probably used to bringing your own bags to grocery, drug and liquor stores in Alameda County. These stores have been covered by a reusable bag law since January 2013, which has significantly reduced the number of single-use plastic and paper bags distributed at checkout. To build on this success, the law was expanded to include all stores and restaurants in the county, as of May 1, 2017 for retail stores and November 1, 2017 for restaurants and food trucks.

Stores will be charging at least 10 cents for paper or reusable (including thick plastic) bags. Restaurants can provide paper bags for free or charge at least 10 cents for reusable bags. The law only applies to carryout bags, not to bags without handles that are used to protect merchandise, such as produce, soups or meat.

The Reusable Bag Ordinance was adopted by the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and is designed to reduce waste and litter, and keep plastic bags out of the local waterways.

City of San Leandro, Public Works Department, 14200 Chapman Road, San Leandro, CA 94578


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Riley workshop update – Our stakes have sprouted!

001 002 004 005 006      Congratulations are in order! Our willow stakes do not know that it is not the best time of year for them to sprout! All three sites that we planted have sprouts on just about every stake.

Thanks again to all the participants of the three workshops/presentations Dr Ann Riley gave. We had over 100 participants and lots of interest. If anyone would like to order either of Dr Riley’s book, go to It includes lots of background info about Riley’s long and esteemed career.


Q: What if you saw some mysterious liquid flowing into the Creek? What should you do?

A: Have these phone numbers on hand. 1st call Debbie Pollart (Director of Public Works, City of San Leandro) 510-577-6020. Then call John Camp (Director of Environmental Services, City of San Leandro) 510-577-6029. Or go to the website:


Then call Susan Levenson (FSLC) 510-577-6069.

Take a photo and be ready to make a full description. City staff will go to the site, take their own photos and assess the problem. They will then reach the appropriate agencies to help mitigate the situation.

We all want our creek to be clean and safe. It’s good to be ready, just in case :)


EBMUD Petition

Thanks to all of you who signed our online petition asking EBMUD to return a more natural flow to SL Creek. I posted the petition with and it has been fabulously sucessful! We have almosty 4,000 signatures!!!!  I will be sending the signatures to NOAA, and Fish and (Game) Wildlife and any agencies that can help. If you haven’t signed it yet, please do. <(Click here to go to link)

Speaking of EBMUD, we (Michael Gregory, Dave Owen, Mike Vukman and myself) met with Fisheries and Wildlife Biologists, Jose Setka, Richard Sykes, and other EBMUD reps at EBMUD District Offices a few weeks ago. This first meeting hopefully puts us on the road to receiving enough flow to return the creek to water levels needed by native species like our rainbow trout. We are cautiously optimistic and feel like our wishes are “being heard” for the first time. The tough part will be working with agencies, (EBRPD for example), and deciding where (and how much) water can be taken from 2 golf courses, leaving recreational water levels for Lake Chabot, and levels that keep a safe amount of water in Lake Chabot in case of emergency need. The balancing act is making compromises and deciding how everyone can receive what they need (want). We are in the process of scheduling a site meeting with the biologists from EBMUD on the San Leandro Creek. We’ll keep you all posted on our progress.