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Re: Sunken sailboat in Oakland Estuary. What Happened?

The Oakland Estuary Gets Cleaned Up
Contributing author: Todd Thalhamer, Cal Recycle

The Oakland Estuary, an urban strait separating the cities of Oakland and Alameda, will be cleaned up under a project funded by the Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF). The estuary is home to the Port of Oakland and is used by thousands of maritime vessels. It also serves as a large recreational area for competitive rowing, sailing, fishing, and other activities. However, abandoned vessels, dilapidated piers, sunken barges and the like, threaten the estuary’s ecosystem and pose navigational hazards. The enhancement project will target the inlets of the Oakland Middle and Inner Harbors south to the San Leandro Bay and end at the Bay Farm Island Bridge.

In 2011, CalRecycle completed cleanup projects on the Petaluma and Sacramento rivers. Subsequently, the Oakland Police Department (OPD) proposed a partnership with CalRecycle to clean up the estuary. The U.S. EPA suggested CalRecycle and the OPD apply for funds from the NFWF, which administers grants from the 2007 Cosco Busan oil spill settlement. CalRecycle and OPD submitted a $1.3 million proposal, including
$650,000 from CalRecycle and $650,000 from the NFWF, to remove debris and enhance recreational water-based and shoreline activities in the estuary. In January, NFWF notifi ed the partnership the grant had been approved. Work is expected to begin later this year and take four to six weeks to complete.
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