24th Annual CA Coastal Cleanup Day

September 7th, 2008

Join Thousands of San Diegans, SEPTEMBER 20th 2008 9am-12pm, in Keeping our Local Beaches, Watersheds and Ocean Free of Pollution

Registration is now open for the largest volunteer event in San Diego!

San Diego Coastkeeper and I Love A Clean San Diego, in partnership with the California Coastal Commission, join together each year to cleanup local inland and coastal waterways and beaches in order to prevent marine debris from entering the ocean and to educate Coastal Cleanup Day participants about the importance of pollution prevention. Up to 80 percent of the marine debris on our beaches & oceans comes from a land-based source and that’s why we are counting on YOU to clean up your local beaches, bays, canyons, rivers and creek beds to prevent this trash from polluting our ocean.

At last year’s event in San Diego County, 6,212 dedicated volunteers removed 94,758 pounds of trash and recyclables from our local waterways in just three hours. California Coastal Cleanup Day is a major part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup, which included 378,000 volunteers from 76 countries and 45 states last year. These dedicated volunteers, including volunteers from San Diego, removed six million pounds of trash from oceans and waterways all over the world and recorded every piece of trash collected.

CCD is very unique because it’s not only a cleanup, it’s also an environmental survey in which each item picked up is tracked on a data card by the volunteers. This data provides a snapshot of the issue of trash in our oceans and is used to educate the public about the harmful effects human activities can have on ocean ecosystems.

This year San Diego Coastkeeper and I Love A Clean San Diego are proud to demonstrate how an international effort can make a positive difference in the health of our ocean because pollution knows no boundaries. In addition to our media site at South Mission Beach, there will be a bi-national Spanish media site at Border Field State Park and three cleanup sites south of the border. Help us reach our goal of 7,000 volunteers and make a positive contribution to our local water ecosystems and increase awareness on how individuals can make a difference.

NOTE: This is not a show, but an event that we are participating in.

For more info visit www.cleanupday.org

posted by Travis Dahl