SAVE THE DATE — Coastal Cleanup Day 2016
Saturday, September 17th, 9am-12noon
With 100% of cleanup sites reporting (28 sites total), the San Luis Obispo count stands at 981 volunteers.
Those volunteers picked up 5,273 pounds of trash and an additional 163 pounds of recyclable material, for a total of 5,436 pounds. This is an increase of almost 2,000 pounds compared to 2014.
Walk down any beach and you will find marine debris, defined as “any manufactured or processed solid waste material that enters the marine environment from any source.” Marine debris impacts human health and safety, endangers wildlife and aquatic habitats, and costs local and national economies millions in wasted resources and lost revenues.
Most of the debris (80%) is due to land-based sources, like litter (from pedestrians, motorists, beach visitors), industrial discharges (in the form of plastic pellets and powders), and garbage management (ill-fitting trash can lids, etc). Some marine debris comes from ocean going ships and boats.
Beaches in California attract millions of visits each year, most during the summer. Thus, we focus our efforts on cleanup at the end of each summer.
The annual Coastal Cleanup Day event engages volunteers from our community to clean up trash and debris. Every year since 1986, we coordinate beach cleanups from San Simeon to the Oceano Dunes. Even though Central Coast beaches are cleaner than some, last year we removed nearly 5,800 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches and creeks.
In California, Coastal Cleanup Day holds the distinction of drawing the most participation of any volunteer event over its thirty year history. As County Coordinator, ECOSLO works with the California Coastal Commission to bring out our community in the campaign for healthy coasts, shorelines, and oceans. Last year, over 1,500 volunteers removed trash and recyclables from 30 beaches throughout San Luis Obispo County.
- Hearst State Beach / San Simeon Cove
- San Simeon Campground
- Moonstone Beach – Cambria
- Fiscalini Preserve
- Harmony Headlands (hike while participating in the cleanup!)
- Estero Bluffs
- Cayucos Pier
- 24th Street – Cayucos
- Morro Stranc Dog Beach (Toro Creek)
- Morro Strand North
- Morro Strand South
- Morro Rock
- Morro Bay Sandspit – North
- Morro Bay Sandspit – Central
- Morro Bay Embarcadero
- Baywood Pier / Paradise Point (kayak or canoe at this location!)
- Montana de Oro: Sandspit
- Montana de Oro: Spooners Cove
- Avila Beach
- Olde Port Beach (Avila)
- Pirates Cove (Avila)
- Shell Beach
- Pismo Beach Pier
- Pismo Beach at Sea Venture
- Grover Beach – NW end
- Grover Beach – SE end
- Oceano Dunes
- Lopez Lake
- Oso Flaco Lake
Participate in the 2015 Coastal Cleanup Event
Click here to sign up to volunteer at one of 30 locations in SLO County! Or email email@example.com to learn more about volunteering. (Please note: The link will redirect you to iVolunteer for signing up for Coastal Clean up Day. Thank you!)
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