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CalRecycle awards two Bay Area counties with illegal waste cleanup grants

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Sonoma and Contra Costa counties are among five counties in the state that will receive a grant to clean up illegally dumped solid waste on farm or ranch properties.

The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery awarded $401,560 in fiscal year 2018-2019 to restore 13 agricultural properties statewide through its Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program.

The Kashia Band of Pomo Indians of the Stewarts Point Rancheria in Sonoma County will receive $95,523 to help clean up illegally dumped tires and household trash on land zoned for agricultural use. The tribe plans to install surveillance measures to discourage future dumping, according to CalRecycle.

The Contra Costa Resource Conservation District will receive $31,635 to remove tires, fertilizer tanks and other illegally dumped waste from vineyards in Antioch and Knightsen. The grant also will be used to clear tires, boats, electronic waste and construction debris from farmland in Brentwood, according to CalRecycle.

CalRecycle Director Scott Smithline said the cleanup projects help restore the state’s agricultural lands to productive use and discourage repeat dumping.

“To have a cleaner and more sustainable California means that we help all communities strive for a safer and healthier environment,” Smithline said in a news release.

Shasta, Lassen and Yolo counties also received CalRecycle cleanup grants.

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