The California Coastal Commission is proud to announce the 29th annual California.
Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD), the state’s largest volunteer event. The event will take place at more than 800 locations around the state on Saturday, September 21st, from 9 AM to Noon. The Cleanup is the State’s largest single effort to remove the debris that has accumulated on our beaches and inland shorelines over the past year, bringing tens of thousands of volunteers out annually to protect the marine wildlife and habitat that can be badly damaged by marine debris.
The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) has been organizing CCD since 2005. Last year, over 1,000 volunteers removed nearly 2,800 pounds of marine debris from 29 beaches throughout San Luis Obispo County. Statewide in 2012, over 65,500 volunteers participated and picked-up nearly 770,000 pounds of debris. ECOSLO believes that we must do everything we can to help preserve our beaches. Marine debris can be harmful and even fatal to wildlife, which in turn can damage our state’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard.
Organizers are also urging all participants to take part in the BYO (Bring Your Own) campaign designed to encourage volunteers to help decrease the ecological footprint of the Cleanup. Volunteers are being encouraged to bring their own bucket or reusable bag, gloves, and reusable water bottle, so that they won’t have to use the disposable items that the Commission supplies. “Coastal Cleanup Day has been incredibly successful at removing trash from our beaches and waterways, but in order to achieve this success, the Coastal Commission has had to provide hundreds of thousands of single-use, disposable items for our volunteers to use,” said Eben Schwartz, Statewide Director of Coastal Cleanup Day. “It’s time for the Cleanup to make every effort to become a zero waste event.”
To sign up for the SLO County Coastal Cleanup, visit http://www.ecoslo.org/coastal-cleanup or contact Michael Heater at (805) 544-1777 or send an email to email@example.com. ECOSLO is still accepting financial support from the community.