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Coastal Cleanup Day Top 10 Items Identified in San Luis Obispo County

Media Advisory – For Immediate Release – October 18, 2016 Contact: Mary Ciesinski, Executive Director (805) 544-1777 (w) or (805) 476-3799 (c) The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) announces: Coastal Cleanup Day Top 10 Items Identified in San Luis Obispo County Next Volunteer Cleanup is Make A Difference Day Just one month ago the annual Coastal Cleanup Day, hosted by ECOSLO, took place at 30 sites throughout San Luis Obispo County.   Over 6,500 pounds of debris was rescued from entering our oceans.  The individual item results have been tallied and the top 10 items collected throughout the county are: Cigarette Butts   17,259   Pieces of Plastic   5,193 Food Wrappers   5,170 Pieces of Glass  2,714 Plastic Bottle Caps   2,141 Pieces of Styrofoam   1,416 Plastic to-go Containers   1,342 Metal Bottle Caps   1,255 Beverage Cans   1,197 Tie between Straws/Stirrers & Forks/Knives/Spoons   1,111 each This year volunteers collected almost twice as many cigarette butts as last year.  Items that had relatively the same numbers as last year’s cleanup, included pieces of plastic, plastic bottle caps, metal bottle caps, and straws/stirrers.   New items to the top 10 list this year are plastic to-go containers, beverage cans, and forks/knives/spoons (which tied with straws/stirrers).  Glass and plastic beverage bottles were on last year’s list and are not on this year’s top 10 list. The annual event, hosted by ECOSLO for the past 12 years, is part of the International Coastal Cleanup Day organized by Ocean Conservancy. Make A Difference Day Are you looking for another volunteer opportunity?  ECOSLO, partnering with San Luis Obispo County Parks, will host lakeshore cleanups at both Santa Margarita...

32nd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day Results for San Luis Obispo County

Media Advisory – 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...
Draw the Line Between SLO and fossil fuels

Draw the Line Between SLO and fossil fuels

The UN Climate Summit has been taking place this year in Paris, starting on November 30, 2015 and ending on December 11th.  On December 12, 2015, San Luis Obispo 350, as part of a worldwide effort to send a unified message: there are some things that we as environmental activists can not and will not compromise.  These are our climate RED LINES.  We demand that it is time to keep 80% of fossil fuels in the ground and ensure a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.  In other words, it is time to “Turn Off” our dependence on dirty, dangerous energy like coal, oil and gas and “Turn On” to renewable energy, like rooftop solar, wind farms and energy conservation. Join the SLO community as we join together to draw the line between this beautiful place and fossil fuels.  We join to demand a better agreement than what we got in Paris and to demand an end to fossil fuel infrastructure like the oil train here in San Luis Obispo. Bring your signs and your commitment. Saturday, December 12, 11:00 AM Osos/Jennifer St Bridge at the SLO Train Station San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Signup to attend via...
Morro Bay City Council to deliberate the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

Morro Bay City Council to deliberate the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

On September 22nd, the Morro Bay City Council will deliberate on whether to support or oppose the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.  As a member of San Luis Obispo County, we urge you to attend this meeting and support the sanctuary. Meeting location details: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. Veterans Memorial Hall, 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay, CA At this meeting you will have a chance to speak when the council prepares to discuss the agenda item on the sanctuary. (Note: Not during the general public comment period for items not on the agenda, which occurs at the beginning of the meeting.)  You will have 3 minutes to speak. Here are topic points you should share with Councilmembers: I support the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary nomination Share you simple message of support.  Ideas you can include in your message: It is time for permanent protection for our coast Oil is not good for fishing We want “Big Blue Live” in our part of the ocean (see http://www.pbs.org/big-blue-live/social-hub/) Sanctuaries are good for our coastal economy Support the nomination and give our communities a chance to have this discussion There will be Sanctuary opponents at the meeting.  If you want to use your time to respond to one or two of those arguments, the best source is the September issue of the Santa Lucian, newsletter of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club.  (See “Sanctuary’s Foes,” page 2.) Remarks delivered in person are always more powerful and carry the most weight with the council.  But if you can’t make it to the meeting, please send an email to: cjohnson@morro-bay.ca.us, jheadding@morro-bay.ca.us, nsmukler@morro-bay.ca.us, jirons@morro-bay.ca.us Identify...

Upcoming NRC meeting – August 5th, 2015

The NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) will be in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, August 5th and will hear Public Comment on environmental review issues for license renewal at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Units 1 and 2.  This will take place at the Courtyard Marriott in San Luis Obispo, at 1605 Calle Joaquin Rd. 1:30-430pm, 7:00-10:00 pm. As shared on the NRC website, both sessions will be preceded by a one-hour open house.  You may pre-register to present oral comments by contacting Michael Wentzel, at 800-368-5642, ext. 6459, or by e-mail at michael.wentzel@nrc.gov by this Friday, July 31, 2015.  You may also register to speak at the meeting. Mothers for Peace has asked the community to show up in force to counter the organized groups that are proclaiming nuclear energy as clean energy.  ECOSLO plans to have two representatives there, but we need more support. Click here to watch an excellent video on the true environmental costs of Nuclear Power. For additional information, please visit: http://mothersforpeace.org/mothers-for-peace-pushes-back-against-diablo-license-renewal...

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There are a number of ways to get involved with ECOSLO. Visit our calendar for more information on scheduled clean-up and trail work days. If you are looking for more of a commitment, consider becoming an ECOSLO board member or intern. Your help in any capacity is greatly appreciated as we continue to promote resilient ecosystems and healthy lifestyles throughout SLO County. Please fill out the Volunteer Form (below) and indicate how you would like to volunteer with us!

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