Saturday should be named environment enhancement day. Here’s another opportunity to really make a difference and meet some new friends of the planet.
Every year hundreds of thousands of people across Sonoma County, the California Coast and the world join together to remove millions of pounds of trash from our beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways.
Coastal Cleanup Day protects our communities’ health and beauty, prevents trash from entering our ocean, and through people
power ensures that our coastline and inland waterways remain scenic, safe, and healthy for all.
WHAT IS COASTAL CLEANUP DAY?
California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterways cleanup, is the State’s largest volunteer event. In 2018, in Sonoma County volunteers removed more than 18,398 pounds of trash and recyclables from the Sonoma coast and inland waterways.
When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup day activities, organized by the Ocean Conservancy on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day has become part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.
NEWS FOR SONOMA COASTAL CLEANUP DAY 2019
Coastwalk is the California Coastal Commission’s designated Coordinator for Sonoma County California Coastal Cleanup Day. Throughout the year Coastwalk engages and educates local youth through our Marine Debris Education Program which provides opportunities for youth to learn about the impacts of marine debris and be a part of the solution. As part of this program and to help make Coastal Cleanup Day a “green” event, Coastwalk is using “reusable, compact, eco-friendly beach cleanup bags” made from recycled bottles and made in the USA. These bags were created by Bay Area young entrepreneurs who started a small organization dedicated to removing harmful marine debris. For more information about their story check out: https://barrelbag.org/
WHY ARE BEACH CLEAN UPS 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 fatal to all manner of marine wildlife, damages our State’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day is fun! It 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 and impact future public policy to protect our coastline and environment.