California Coastal Cleanup Day

I LOVE A CLEAN SAN DIEGO, the longest running environmental nonprofit in the county, has coordinated Coastal Cleanup Day for more than 20 years. This year, ILACSD is excited to take this event on as the sole coordinator, making ILACSD the go-to organization for countywide cleanups in San Diego.

COASTAL CLEANUP DAY (CCD) is the largest environmental volunteer event in San Diego County each year. The mission of Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is to engage volunteers of all ages to remove trash and debris from beaches and waterways; to identify the sources of debris; and ultimately change the behaviors that cause pollution. Join your community on SEPTEMBER 15th and help clean up Coronado’s beaches! During this annual Coastal Cleanup Day there are two different sites around Coronado where you can volunteer!

CORONADO STATE BEACH & SILVERSTRAND BEACH are both hosting cleanups on September 15th. In San Diego County, CCD occurs on the same day as the statewide California Coastal Cleanup Day, organized by the California Coastal Commission. In addition, CCD is part of International Coastal Cleanup, which includes over 100 countries and 600,000 volunteers annually.

On Saturday September 15, 2012 from 9am-12noon, I Love A Clean San Diego will engage roughly 8,000 volunteers at more than 80 cleanup sites. These participants are expected to remove 100 tons of debris from local beaches, bays, creeks, canyons and urban areas.

More than 80 coastal and inland cleanup sites throughout San Diego County. Visit our website, www.cleanupday.org for a full list of cleanup sites. Join staff & sponsors at the kick off site at Serra Mesa Community Park (9020 Village Glen Drive, San Diego 92123).

TSUNAMI DEBRIS will become an increasingly hot topic as CCD approaches. The Japanese government estimated that 5 million tons of debris from the earthquake and tsunami washed into the Pacific Ocean. Of that debris, roughly 3.5 million tons sank immediately, while the other 1.5 million tons were buoyant enough to enter the Pacific Ocean currents, slowly making its way toward the West Coast of the United States.

Over the past seventeen months, the Japanese Government and US federal agencies have attempted to predict debris movement, however tsunami debris has been reported making landfall on the West Coast much earlier than initial estimations.

In order to combat this influx of ocean-based marine debris, I Love A Clean San Diego plans to engage thousands of volunteers as first responders as part of a statewide initiative.

THE ANNUAL COASTAL CLEANUP DAY EVENT, scheduled for Saturday September 15th, 2012, represents an ideal opportunity for San Diegans to join in this response effort. The organization hopes to engage roughly 8,000 volunteers in cleanup activities, both along the coastline as well as inland at local canyons, creeks, parks, and urban areas.

The combination of 3 million local residents and year-round tourism contributes to an excessive amount of trash being generated in the San Diego region. Each year thousands of tons of garbage end up on the beaches and in our waterways. 80 percent of this debris comes from land-based sources, travelling through San Diego’s vast watershed system, endangering wildlife and human health.

Coastal Cleanup Day protects our waterways by not only cleaning up at the beaches, but along the rivers, creeks, and canyons to prevent trash from ever reaching the ocean in the first place. The event brings together over 8,000 volunteers, local businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies, all working towards the same goal: a cleaner and healthier San Diego!

WHEN YOU VOLUNTEER for Coastal Cleanup Day on SEPTEMBER 15th, your actions locally reach far beyond San Diego. On that same day, volunteers in other California cities and internationally are working alongside those of us in San Diego as part of California Coastal Cleanup Day and International Coastal Cleanup, which includes over 150 countries and involves 9 million volunteers.

There is more to protecting the coast than just beach cleanups, that’s why 60% of the Coastal Cleanup Day sites are at inland locations. We can prevent trash from ever reaching the coast, stopping it at the source.

B.Y.O.! Reduce your use, bring reusables. To continue our focus on reducing waste we ask volunteers to bring their own reusable cleanup supplies, such as reusable water bottles, gardening gloves, and buckets to collect trash.

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Originally from upstate New York, Dani Schwartz has lived in Coronado since 1996. She is thrilled to call Coronado home and raise her two children here. In her free time enjoys hitting the gym, reading, and walking her dog around the “island.”Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com