Cleanups at Lopez Lake collect over 1500lbs

Cleanups at Lopez Lake collect over 1500lbs

Saturday, October 24th, 2015 — ECOSLO gathered 28 volunteers for the Lopez Lake cleanup, including students from San Luis Obispo High School, Cuesta College and Cal Poly.  The cleanup areas included the marina, Cottonwood Cove and about half the group ventured out in the pontoon boat with San Luis Obispo County Park Ranger Ryan.   With water levels at historic lows, it’s an optimal time to reach debris that would not otherwise be accessible.  A total of 712lbs of trash was collected in addition to 48lbs of salvageable recyclables (760lbs total).  In mid-September of this year (just 5 weeks ago), 773lbs total debris was collected at Loopez Lake making for over 1500lbs collected within two months. Several boat anchors were recovered, dozens of aluminum cans, glass bottles and plastics bottles…. many from years ago as you can tell by the logos in the bottles that had been well preserved.  Also found in mass amounts were fishing line, plastic caps and metal bottle tops. The next ECOSLO cleanup is at Santa Margarita Lake in Saturday, November 14th from 9AM-11AM.  Sign up to volunteer: http://goo.gl/forms/loQM2ifZMT If you’d like to organize a trail or lake weekday cleanup for a work, school group or club please contact ECOSLO at programs@ecoslo.org or 805-544-1777.  This is a great way to make a difference in your community and enjoy time spent with co-workers, family and friends.  Additionally, this is an especially crucial time of year for cleanups as it’s before the anticipated rainfall which will inevitably wash trash into storm drains or it gets covered again with lake levels rising. Thanks to all the volunteers who came out to support this successful...

Coastal Cleanup Day 2015

Coastal Cleanup day is an international event organized by the Ocean Conservancy.   The California Coastal Commission and local non-profit groups partner to plan the cleanup effort across California. Every year ECOSLO gathers community members to support this event.  The Cleanup would not be successful without volunteers just like you!  As a volunteer, you remove trash and debris from coastlines and waterways in SLO County as well as collect data that ECOSLO then reports back to the California Coastal Commission. This data is compiled into reports and used to influence policy. 2015 Coastal Cleanup Day information Volunteer sign-up (iVolunteer) Press and posters ECOSLO has been the San Luis Obispo County Coordinator for Coastal Cleanup Day since 2006. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered or sponsored the event over the years.  The event would not be possible without you! 2015 Cleanup Sites: San Simeon Cove / Hearst State Beach San Simeon SB / Campground Moonstone Beach/Santa Rosa Creek Volunteers Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Moonstone Beach, Cambria Estero Bluffs Cayucos Pier 24th Street Cayucos Morro Strand Dog Beach Morro Strand North: SB Campground Morro Strand South: Hwy 41 Morro Rock / Morro Bay Harbor Morro Bay Sandspit (North) Morro Bay Sandspit (Central) Morro Bay Embarcadero Baywood Pier / Paradise Point Montana De Oro: Sandspit Montana De Oro: Spooners Cove Avila Beach Avila Beach Port San Luis San Luis Pier Volunteers Pirates Cove Shell Beach Pismo Beach/Grover Beach North Pismo Pier Olde Port Beach / Fisherman’s Beach Grover Beach Oceano Dunes SVRA Lake...

Coastal Cleanup Day 2014

Coastal Cleanup Day is an international event organized by the Ocean Conservancy The California Coastal Commission and local non-profit groups partner to plan the cleanup effort across California. 2014 Coastal Cleanup Day information Volunteer information Press and posters Every year ECOSLO is amazed at the number of volunteers that join us in this event, and the Cleanup would not be successful without them! Volunteers remove trash and marine debris from coastlines and waterways in SLO County as well as collect data that ECOSLO then reports back to the California Coastal Commission. This data is compiled into reports and used to influence policy. ECOSLO has been the San Luis Obispo County Coordinator for Coastal Cleanup Day since 2006. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered or sponsored the event over the years. The event would not be possible without you! 2014 Coastal Cleanup Data Number of Volunteers:1129 Pounds of Trash and Recyclables Collected: 3685.2 Miles of Coastline/Waterways Cleaned: 56.25 Unusual Items: Toy fake teeth, Enclosed cash register drawer (with no money in it), Nosehair clipper, Rosary, Bird bone with plastic tracking band, Wallet with library card,  Boat seat, Cleanup Sites: San Simeon Cove / Hearst State Beach San Simeon SB / Campground Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Moonstone Beach, Cambria Estero Bluffs Cayucos Pier 24th Street Cayucos Morro Strand Dog Beach Morro Strand North: SB Campground Morro Strand South: Hwy 41 Morro Rock / Morro Bay Harbor Morro Bay Sandspit (North) Morro Bay Sandspit (Central) Morro Bay Embarcadero Baywood Pier / Paradise Point Montana De Oro: Sandspit Montana De Oro: Spooners Cove Avila Beach Avila Beach Port San Luis Pirates Cove Shell...
ECOSLO Removes over 740 Pounds of Trash from Local Lakes

ECOSLO Removes over 740 Pounds of Trash from Local Lakes

Successful Lake Clean Ups Since September, ECOSLO, in partnership with San Luis Obispo County Parks, has coordinated four very successful lake clean ups, which have removed a total of over 740 pounds of trash. The fourth clean up will be this Saturday at Lopez Lake from 9am to noon. The first clean up was part of Coastal Cleanup Day, on September 20th. Ranger Wemple at Lopez Lake contacted ECOSLO to join the event because he had noticed a large amount litter had accumulated on the dry parts of the lake bed and shoreline. Five volunteers assisted that day to remove over 80 pounds of trash and recyclables from the land adjacent to the lake. With every clean up since, ECOSLO has been joined by more volunteers who have been able to remove a greater amount of litter. On October 25th, twelve volunteers cleaned up over 300 pounds of trash and recyclables from Lopez Lake, and on November 15th, 35 people helped to remove over 360 pounds of litter from Santa Margarita Lake. One Positive Aspect to the Drought Our county’s lack of rain has caused the lakes to decrease dramatically in size. Lopez is currently at 42 percent capacity. The silver lining is the opportunity to gain greater access to the lake bed to remove litter that has been stuck in the mud for years. It is important to remove all the debris before too much rainfall carries the litter back into the lake. When such debris is left in the natural environment, it is eaten by wildlife such as fish, birds, and deer, and which is incredibly harmful to...