Our fourth-grade class at Greenbrook Elementary found plastic, soda cans, paper and other trash littering our neighborhood. All of these things have an effect on our environment.
The creek that runs through our neighborhood, Cow Creek, leads to the San Francisco Bay. Trash that gets into this creek, or into our storm drains, ends up in the Bay. Once in the Bay, it can affect the animals there and disturb the food chain.
For example, six-pack rings can get caught around a fish's neck and strangle them. Animals could eat the trash, thinking it's food, and mess up their digestive systems.
People who fish in the Bay may not be able to tell when a fish is polluted and eat it. This would pass on the pollution to humans.
According to sources, water pollution occurs when people put so much waste into a water system that its natural cleansing processes cannot function properly.
What can you do to stop pollution in our watershed? Don't litter! Pick up the litter you see! Before you throw something away, think about if it can be recycled or reused. Cut the rings of six pack holders before you throw them away. Don't throw batteries in the trash.
Don't wash your car in your driveway! The soap runs into the storm drains and ends up in the Bay. Also, make sure to dispose of oil from your car properly. Take it to an auto shop. Paint that is washed down storm drains can also pollute the Bay.
These are just a few ideas about helping the environment we learned through the Kids for the Bay program. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit www.kidsforthebay.org.