California Integrated Waste Management Board awarded grants of more than $1.2 million in a meeting Tuesday for the cleanup and removal of illegal waste in two state parks in the Bay Area.
The board met in Sacramento and approved a $1.2 million dollar grant to the Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in San Francisco and $35,000 to Cowell Ranch/John Marsh State Historic Park in Brentwood.
“Illegal disposal is a threat and demands action” Board Chair Margo Reid Brown said in a prepared statement. “These clean up grant, and work partnership with local, state, and federal agencies, will help us to protect the health of our people and our environment.”
The allocation to the Candlestick Point site will help clean up part of the shoreline next to Monster Park stadium, the home of the San Francisco 49ers.
The area needing cleaning covers approximately 13 acres that were used for years as an illegal dumping site of concrete and other debris into San Francisco Bay, according to the board.
The Cowell Ranch site, located in Contra Costa County, will be given a grant to fund the removal of partially buried debris from a former ranching operation.
Cleanup of the 3,600-acre site, which is not yet open to the public, will allow state archaeologists to continue their efforts to document and preserve Native American artifacts in the park, according to the board.
The grants given out Tuesday come from the board's Solid Waste Disposal and Codisposal Grant Program, which funds the cleanup of sites when a responsible party cannot be identified or is unable or unwilling to pay cleanup costs. — Bay City News