MVV Article for October Issue, 2017

Valerie Egland

R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation



COASTAL CLEANUP DAY, 2017!  We did it again!  The arduous work of being janitors to the highway we live near, coastal California. I’ve had bits and pieces of debris climb out of the bed of my truck, to my chagrin, unable to stop to retrieve, so I can’t be too judgmental about the discards we find.  The R.E.A.C.H. San Benito Parks Foundation Adopt-a-Highway Team does our best to preserve our scenic area near San Juan.  This roadside section from the Valero Gas Station to Highway 101 seems especially vulnerable to Ag trucking debris since we find lots of branded bags, rubber gloves and boxes.  The next culprit is sitting beside an open window when their soda is gone, snack is eaten, or beer can is empty. Occasionally we find some small toy that we imagine was a sad loss, so we handle those things differently.

Bottom line; please be aware of loose things in your truck or near a car window, waiting to be the litter that becomes an eyesore on our roads. Love your environment; take care of it, because your children are watching.