In an ongoing effort to beautify Old Canyon Road and protect the critical Bay Area Alameda Creek watershed, Dawoodi Bohras from Fremont took to the trail with trash bags, pickers, and a deep commitment to clean up trash left behind by recreational visitors following the 4th of July holiday.
Organized by an interagency working group of the Alameda County Water District, Alameda County, East Bay Regional Parks, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and several other key agencies, the clean-up was supported by volunteers from the Dawoodi Bohra community, agency staff, neighborhood residents, and environmental stewardship groups.
“It was so heartening to see the number of volunteers and agency staff who showed up for this really important clean up activity. The trash left behind isn’t just an eyesore but pollutes the delicate watershed ecosystem of the Alameda Creek and the San Francisco Bay. We bear an obligation to help protect these areas,” said Farida Baxamusa, a Geologist and Dawoodi Bohra volunteer who brought along her two young daughters to lend a hand.
“Getting our youngsters involved in activities like these helps instill in them a sense of responsibility and environmental stewardship that hopefully they’ll carry with them into adulthood. Preparing the next generation is critical,” she added.
The Dawoodi Bohra community has supported clean ups along Old Canyon Road and the Alameda Creek for years as part of the community’s global Project Rise initiative, through which the Dawoodi Bohras regularly lead practical efforts to conserve, enhance and clear up the natural environment, while raising awareness of the need for sustainable development.