Creeks to Coast Cleanup
Thank you SLO County!
1,850 volunteers participated in this year’s Creeks to Coast Cleanup
which is part of California Coast Cleanup Day
Over 16,000 lbs. of trash and recycle was removed from
SLO County’s beaches, creeks, parks, streets, and lakes
across 48 cleanup sites
(see the list of sites & map below)
Did you volunteer for this year’s cleanup?
Take the survey and receive a BOGO offer form Blaze Pizza
Check out pictures from this year’s cleanup in our Facebook album
(anyone can view the album, you do not need an account)
- Elephant Seal Viewing Point
- San Simeon Cove / Hearst State Beach
- San Simeon, Pico Beach & Creek
- San Simeon Campground
- Moonstone Beach / Santa Rosa Creek
- Fiscalini Ranch Preserve / Santa Rosa Creek
- Paso Robles Wastewater Treatment Plant
- Paso Robles, Centennial Creek Park
- Paso Robles, Larry Moore Park
- Templeton Community Services District
- Atascadero Mutual Water Company Corporation Yard
- Estero Bluffs State Beach
- Cayucos Pier
- Cayucos at 24th Street / Morro Strand State Beach Day Use Area
- Morro Strand Dog Beach / Toro Creek
- Morro Strand North / State Beach Campground
- Morro Strand South at HWY 41
- Morro Creek
- Morro Rock
- Morro Bay Sandspit **MUST RSVP for this cleanup***
- Morro Bay Embarcadero, Centennial Park
- Los Osos Baywood Pier / Paradise Point– kayak or canoe at this location!
- Montaña de Oro State Park, Sandspit
- Private group – Montaña de Oro State Park, Spooner’s Cove (volunteer site not open to the public)
- West Cuesta Ridge Trailhead, Santa Margarita
- Santa Margarita Lake – FREE County Park access!
- El Chorro Regional Park, SLO Botanical Garden – invasive plant removal project at this location!
- Cal Poly Campus Market
- Cuesta Park (SLO)
- Mission Plaza (SLO)
- Sinsheimer Park (SLO)
- Laguna Lake (SLO)
- Private group – SLO Creeks neighborhood (volunteer site not open to the public)
- Lower SLO Creek Floodplain Preserve
- Avila Beach (meet at Central Coast Aquarium)
- Fisherman’s Beach & Old Port Beach (Avila Beach)
- Pirate’s Cove / Cave Landing
- Shell Beach (meet at South Palisades Park)
- Downtown Pismo Beach
- Pismo Pier
- Pismo Beach at Ocean View Ave
- Grover Beach/Oceano Dunes at Grand Ave
- Private group – Oceano Dunes, Pier Ave (volunteer site not open to the public)
- Lopez Lake – FREE County Park access!
- Oak Park Shopping Center, Arroyo Grande
- Kiwanis Park, Arroyo Grande Creek
- Private group – Arroyo Grande High School (volunteer site not open to the public)
- Oceano Lagoon
- Private group – Oso Flaco Lake (volunteer site not open to the public)
Don’t see a cleanup location that you think should be there?
Help us cover SLO County and the number of cleanup sites by proposing a new cleanup site in 2020! ECOSLO will handle all marketing, volunteer recruitment, and ordering of site supplies. We will need you and/or your organization/businesses to lead the cleanup site. You will simply propose a new site, and if selected, work with ECOSLO leading up to Creeks to Coast Cleanup to communicate with volunteers and lead the cleanup at the site that day. If you’ve worked with us as a Site Captain in the past, think of the setup similar to that. Click here to propose a cleanup site for Creeks to Coast Cleanup 2020 – taking place Saturday, September 19, 2020.
Waiver, Data Card & Posters
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 Point to Oso Flaco Lake. Even though Central Coast beaches are cleaner than some, last year 1,300 volunteers removed 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-three 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.
Please download, fill out and bring with you to Creeks to Coast Cleanup. We will have some on-hand but it’s helpful (and saves time!) if you can fill out a waiver beforehand and bring it with you.
Data Cards will be provided to volunteers, but to ensure we have enough supplies we invite you to print your own! Volunteers are asked to tally data so we can submit this to an international debris report put together by Ocean Conservancy each year. This also helps us look at top items for SLO County and notice any trends or changes for our area. Download the Data Card
Posters are available for pick-up at the ECOSLO office in SLO! Please give us a call or send us an email with your request for printed materials.
Posters are also available here for download:
- 8.5×11 C2C 2019-RootsRock
- 8.5×11 C2C 2019-SouthBay
- 11×17 C2C 2019-GoldenHour
- 11×17 C2C 2019-SandyPoint
The beautiful imagery for SLO County Creeks to Coast Cleanup is donated by Morro Bay art collective and our friends, Forever Stoked: https://www.foreverstoked.com/
Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors
Coastline Cleaning Company
SLO Natural Foods Co-op
Soto’s True Earth Market
Become a Creeks to Coast Cleanup Sponsor today!
Sponsor Creeks to Coast Cleanup
Your sponsorship supports ECOSLO in making this event a cleanup success! Advertising, volunteer recruitment, and community engagement are expanded with your support.
Download this year’s sponsorship packet and application: