Per Natalie Pepper: “Official” crews showed up yesterday to begin cleaning. While this was a welcome sight, there is still a lot of beach and reef to clean. The tide pools downtown, at Agate Beach, Jack’s Creek, Palomarin, and places in between are covered with oil. We found a lot of dead sand crabs, dungenous crabs, and fish on the beaches.
The oil is liquid, hard tar balls and goo globs. We got a few hair mats, but supplies are low. I’m posting several fliers around town about the Wed evening training tomorrow.
If you are interested in helping clean-up, the People’s Store will have info., or you can contact me (415.302.7712). ”
Zuna Surf Update — As of 10:05am today, according to Matters of Trust, the EPA is ordering more mats from a large supplier, as the Dept of the Environment supplies for the grassroots volunteer effort are running low, except for what Kill the Spill has left and what the EPA is giving out in training. EPA shipments to arrive soon, though.
For now, Matters of Trust says someone is donating a special huge nylon sock for Bolinas that can use loose hair from its warehouse (often use to make mats locallly) and be used behind a boat to mop of the fine sheen of oil on the water and beach into globs, which can then be picked up by the hair mats. Stay tuned on that effort and how we’ll be organizing that for Ocean Beach.
For local citizens, Matters of Trust can distribute pantyhose stockings full of loose hair clippings — sounds odd, but it works. If you’d like to donate pantyhose (used with small runs in them OK) to this address, so they and different volunteer groups can get these distributed to local citizens doing cleanup.
Matter of Trust, Inc.
c/o PantyHose donations
5813 Geary Boulevard # 111
San Francisco, CA 94121
HAIR SALON CLIPPINGS:
If you’d like to get your LOCAL HAIR SALON to donate large batches hair clippings for the local production of mats coordinated with St Vincent De Paul Society, tell them to send or drop off clippings here (no individual donations, please):
DR3 – Matter of Trust.org
1960 Williams Street
San Leandro CA 94577
More later! This is great “green” use of natural & recycled approach for the SF OilSpill cleanup. Contracted cleaning crews are using Pigmats (paper-towel-like product with some sort of plastic backing) — made from petro products, until hair mats are more available. Yes, nice to see here that SF does, to bastardize Apple’s old slogan, “Think Different. Think Green.” — Matter of Trust, fyi, is a nonprofit founded by Lisa Gautier and her husband Patrice, who happens to run Apple’s iTunes unit.
– ML/ Zuna Surf