I Love A Clean San Diego Beach Cleanup Tomorrow San Diego
Get out the gloves and sunscreen, the 30th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day is TOMORROW September 30th. This is supposed to be the largest countywide cleanup at more than 100 sites with 8000 volunteers expected to participate. That is a lot of people, cleaning up a lot of leftover trash at the beach.
Each year, hundreds of tons of garbage end up on the beaches and in our waterways after travelling through San Diego’s vast watershed system. Best known for its beach cleanup sites, Coastal Cleanup Day reaches far beyond the beach with more than 65 percent of sites located along the rivers, creeks, canyons and urban areas throughout San Diego County. Cleaning up these inland sites prevents trash from ever reaching the coast, stopping pollution at the source.
In 2013, 9,714 volunteers (7,714 in San Diego County and 2,000 in Tijuana) removed nearly 171,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from San Diego County’s 11 watersheds. Trash removal is just one component of the annual event. Volunteers will also conduct storm drain stenciling, invasive plant removal, native planting and graffiti removal. Another unique component of the event is the ‘on the water’ cleanups that will take place at San Dieguito Lagoon and Shelter Island/San Diego Bay.
ILACSD encourages all San Diegans to come together on Sept. 20 for this important event to improve the health of our environment and preserve the San Diego way of life for future generations. For a complete list of cleanup sites and to register to volunteer visit www.CleanupDay.org.
Coastal Cleanup Day is one of a handful of community engagement projects coordinated by ILACSD each year. The organization has been mobilizing volunteers around beautification and pollution prevention projects since 1954. In fact, with all ILACSD events combined, volunteers remove an astounding one million pounds of debris every two years.
So sign up, and help to clean up San Diego!
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