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U.S. EPA, City of San Jose Announce Nearly $1M Pilot Program to Reduce Trash to San Francisco Bay

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Cleaning Up Coyote Creek Watershed

Despite being a beautiful waterway, Coyote Creek is trash-impaired — meaning trash is significantly damaging the creek as a healthy habitat for fish and wildlife. The creek project area is notably polluted by homeless encampments and illegal dumping.

The four-year pilot program brings  together an interdisciplinary partnership that will target improving creek health with a three-prong approach:

  1. Engage neighbors as creek stewards
  2. Employ and assist the homeless
  3. Deter dumping and litter

Clean Creeks, Healthy Communities Project

The City of San Jose’s Clean Creeks, Healthy Communities project will improve water quality by
addressing trash at its source: illegal encampments and illegal dumping. The city will focus on areas of
greatest pollution, including homeless encampments. The project’s results are intended to help inform
cities of ways to reduce trash flowing from their streets and storm drains to San Francisco Bay.


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