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STOCKTON FWO: Service Outreach at the “Keep the Delta Clean” Event on Bethel Island
Region 8, June 28, 2008
Beth Campbell, Chris Vallee and Andrea Kristof show off their new (temporary) wildlife tattoos. (photo: USFWS)
Beth Campbell, Chris Vallee and Andrea Kristof show off their new (temporary) wildlife tattoos. (photo: USFWS) - Photo Credit: n/a

On Saturday, June 28, Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office (FWO) employees Beth Campbell, Andrea Kristof, and Chris Vallee attended the “Keep the Delta Clean” event on Bethel Island in support of the Service’s public outreach mission.  The event was aimed primarily at boaters and fishers, and offered educational displays about pollution prevention techniques and waste collection containers that are being installed at many marinas to collect items such as cigarette butts, fishing line, motor oil, and marine batteries.  Representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, Contra Costa Sheriffs Department, California Striped Bass Association, Delta Protection Commission, and other groups were on hand, and the event also featured several speakers, a puppet show for kids, and boat tours of local waterways.


In keeping with the “Keep the Delta Clean” theme, the FWS information table featured displays and pamphlets on non-native invasive species (e.g., quagga and zebra mussels) and Chinook salmon life history and habitat restoration.  Due to the excellent location (i.e., between the face-painting artist and the free boater kit giveaway booth), a steady stream of people stopped by the FWS table the entire day.  Beth, Andrea, and Chris all agreed that many attendees were knowledgeable, well-informed, and asked tough questions on topics such as fish population declines, disposal of household hazardous waste, and preventing the spread of non-native invasive species.  As always, tattoos featuring Chinook salmon, the FWS logo, and threatened and endangered species were a major hit with both kids and adults—even (or maybe especially) with grandmothers!

Contact Info: Paul Cadrett, 209-334-2968 x 312, paul_cadrett@fws.gov