– For Immediate Release –
September 17, 2016
Contact: Mary Ciesinski, Executive Director (805) 544-1777 (w) or (805) 476-3799 (c)
The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) announces:
Nearly 1,200 Volunteers Clean San Luis Obispo County
on 32nd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day
San Luis Obispo county residents and visitors turned out in huge numbers to clean up beaches and inland waterways at the 32nd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, California’s largest volunteer event. Volunteers at 30 sites across the county picked up thousands of pounds of trash during this morning’s three-hour event. Cleanups took place primarily at coastal locations, from San Simeon Cove to Oceano Dunes, but also included Oso Flaco, Lopez and Santa Margarita Lakes. The annual event, hosted by ECOSLO for the past 12 years, is part of the International Coastal Cleanup organized by Ocean Conservancy.
With 100% of the cleanup sites reporting,
the San Luis Obispo County count stands at 1,194 volunteers.
Those volunteers picked up 5,445.1 pounds of trash and an additional 1,067.1 pounds of recyclable materials, for a total of 6,512.2 pounds.
This year we collected 1,000 more pounds of debris as compared to last year. About 200 more volunteers joined the effort this year in comparison to last year.
The Top 5 reporting sites for pounds of trash are as follows:
- Oceano Dunes: 1,088 lbs.
- Pirates Cove: 840 lbs.
- Arroyo Grande Creek: 703 lbs.
- Morro Strand Dog Beach/Toro Creek: 661 lbs.
- Lopez Lake 493 lbs.
Some of most unusual items found this year are as follows:
Recliner at Pirates Cove, Christmas tree at Morro Strand Dog Beach/Toro Creek, nearly 1,000 nails and several palettes at Morro Strand Dog Beach/Toro Creek, DVD player at Montana de Oro, mixing bowl attachment at Morro Strand South / HWY 41, and a checkbook at Pismo Pier.
The trash – some left by beachgoers but most originating elsewhere and traveling to beaches via rivers and storm drains – has devastating effects on our state’s health, economy, and wildlife, and the ever-increasing footprint of single-use disposable plastic packaging only makes the problem larger and more difficult to manage.
“Thank you to our dedicated volunteers who turned out today, as well as many local partner nonprofits and sponsors who made this year’s event possible. The community support for this year’s event was outstanding. I look forward to counting and sharing the specific data totals this coming week,” said Mary Ciesinski, Executive Director of ECOSLO.
Who: The San Luis Obispo County Coastal Cleanup Day is presented by County Coordinator ECOSLO (The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo). Lead sponsorship comes from the City of Pismo Beach, Chevron, BHE Renewables, Water Systems Consulting, Inc. and Central Coast Family.
The California Coastal Day event is presented by the California Coastal Commission with lead sponsorship from Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water by CG Roxane. Additional support comes from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES), Oracle, Rubio’s, Union Bank, the Whale Tail® Specialty License Plate and See’s Candies.
California Coastal Cleanup Day is supported by the California Coastal Commission, California State Parks Foundation, and the Ocean Conservancy.