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Did you know it’s more convenient than ever to recycle paint in California?

Since the start of the California Paint Stewardship Program in October 2012, PaintCare has set up over 650 FREE drop-off locations in California where the public can take unwanted, leftover paint, stains and varnish and many other related painting products for recycling. The program is open to any resident and business in California. 

*Check each store for hours of operation and accetable limits before you go....

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There’s a special area on the San Mateo County coast just north of Half Moon Bay that attracts thousands of visitors each year.  So special, in fact, it’s protected under local, state, and federal designations to ensure that it remains that way for future generations.   The James V. Fitzgerald Marine Reserve (Reserve) is one of many places on San Mateo County’s coastline where residents and visitors can enjoy being in, on, and near the water.  Visitors to this County Park walk the beach, explore the tidepools, watch harbor seals, kayak, and hike in an area whose...

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Draining your car’s oil every 3,000 miles is no longer necessary. Your grandfather’s advice served you well but technology has resulted in newer vehicles needing less frequent oil changes.

Cruise into a quick lube with your 2011 Chevy Cruze every 7,500 miles. Sierra-bound in your 2010 Subaru Outback? Every 7,500 miles too. And that 2011 MINI Cooper? Every 12,000 miles! Check your number at



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With California still facing the effects of a record-breaking drought, Earth Day is the perfect time to teach your kids to take care of our water. Get going now with these family-friendly water-protectors:


1. Build a rain barrel. Capturing rain in a barrel keeps it from flowing through the streets and dirtying the bay and ocean with pollutants picked up along the way. By working with your kids to harvest rainwater—and then using that water to irrigate your lawn and garden—you can also lower your utility bill. For a quick video on installing your...

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A day at the beach or a trip to the creek helps your kids build a long-lasting love for water and a close connection to their community. Here are four reasons why visiting the water can change your children’s lives this summer and beyond:


1) It expands their sense of wonder. By spending a few hours in a place that’s fantastically different from their everyday world, kids can gain a sense of discovery that feeds their imagination and broadens their minds. Encourage them to explore by turning your beach trip into a treasure hunt and sending them out in search of...

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Over the past few years, we have been consistently delivered some not-so-sunny news in San Mateo County: a couple of our beaches are repeatedly listed in Heal the Bay’s annual Beach Bummer list, as well as a recent Natural Resources Defense Council report for being polluted by potentially harmful bacteria. With this information, the County has been looking to both identify and rectify the source of the problem.

Now, a new study from the San Mateo County Resource Conservation District (RCD) provides insight into one area’s pollution problem (Pillar Point - Capistrano). While...

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A report from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), called “Testing the Waters,” compares the safety of beaches around the U.S. The results for California beaches, especially in our area don’t look very good. The reasons why aren’t all bad; but giving the story a happy ending will take all of us working together.  


California has more public coastline than most of the country, because we actively protect public access. But we also enjoy homes near the coast and the Bay shoreline, which...

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Do you belong to a group that hosts events for people who care about making San Mateo County a healthier community? As you can see from our calendar and our Facebook page, we promote the good work of our partner cities, watershed stewardship groups, and envionmental non-profits already.


But there are lots of civic and volunteer groups that contribute without thinking of themselves as environmental. If your group helps County residents do the right thing (in their homes, while...

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