This Coastal Cleanup Day comes at the end of California Coastal Protection Week, a designation passed by the legislature in 2012 in honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Coastal Act.
Coastal Cleanup Day also marks the beginning of COASTWEEKS, a three-week celebration of our coastal resources that takes place across the United States. The Coastal Commission maintains a calendar of COASTWEEKS events on its website.
Last year, 65,544 Coastal Cleanup volunteers collected over 769,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from 54 of California’s 58 counties. Almost 20% of that debris was recycled.
When: Saturday, September 21st, from 9 a.m. to Noon in most locations.
Where: Cleanups will take place at nearly 60 beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, parks, roadsides, and highways sites in Orange County. Please visit www.ocparks.com/about/volunteer/cleanup
or contact Matthew Le, Orange County coordinator for exact locations and other site-specific information. For statewide detail, visit our web site at www.coastalcleanupday.org.
Why: “California Coastal Cleanup Day is the one opportunity we have each year to invite every Californian, no matter where they may live, to help us protect and restore our coast and ocean,” said Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager for the California Coastal Commission. “We are all connected by water, and litter and other debris from almost anywhere in our state can pollute our coast and ocean and harm marine wildlife. Please join us on Coastal Cleanup Day to help us make trash extinct.”
How: Visit www.ocparks.com/about/volunteer/cleanup for more information.
Who: The statewide event is presented by the California Coastal Commission with lead sponsorship from CG Roxane, makers of Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water. Additional support comes from NOAA, CalOES, Whole Foods Market, Oracle, Chipotle, Clif Bar, Nature’s Path, Ocean Conservancy, Bank of America, See’s Candies, Union Bank, and Lindamar Industries.
The Commission is committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination. The Coastal Cleanup Day Program is part of its effort to raise public awareness of marine and coastal resources and promote coastal stewardship.