This Saturday, September 15 is California Coastal Cleanup Day. We will once again sponsor the beach at Ward Avenue. For those who are not familiar with Ward Avenue and its regulations, there are no dogs allowed north of the parking lot (even if they are on a leash). This is an effort to help protect the Snowy Plover and their habitat. Sometimes there is even surf at the Ave, so you can fit a session in along with helping to keep our beach clean.
Beach Cleanup hours are from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Special thanks to Dianne and Brennan for taking on the Beach Captain responsibilities again this year!
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WHAT IS COASTAL CLEANUP DAY? California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup, is the state’s largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.
WHY ARE BEACH CLEANUPS IMPORTANT? California’s coast and waterways have historically been collecting spots for annual accumulations of trash and debris. This debris, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage our state’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun!