Community Spotlight: Protecting Our Oceans, Waterways and Marine Life with California’s Coastal Cleanup

September 1st, 2016

ccc_posters_18x24_english_tossed-720x960On Saturday, September 17, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, along more than 2,000 miles of California’s coastal and inland shoreline, committed members of our state’s coastal communities will be participating in California’s largest annual volunteer event, the 32nd Annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

 In 2015, more than 68,000 volunteers removed nearly 1,143,000 pounds of trash and recyclables along more than 2,000 miles of California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways, helping to ensure the sustainability and health of our environment and community in the 31st Annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

Volunteer Ventura! invites community volunteers at six locations throughout the City of Ventura and, once again,  it’s expected that the event will draw thousands to do their part.

“Volunteers are asked to ‘bring your own bag, bucket and gloves,’ as well as a reusable water bottle for drinking (to minimize the amount of trash collected).  Participants are also advised to wear appropriate clothing and sunscreen,” said Craig Jones, Ventura Water’s Management Analyst II.

“Coastal Cleanup Day gives community members a chance to gather and do something positive for the environment.  When people have tangible proof that they are contributing to making a difference in the health of the community, it’s extremely empowering, and it fosters continued growth and participation of vital events like this,” added Jones.

Coastal Cleanup Day History

69a8c6ba808fbf47bee3bcbff4af085cIn 1984, Oregon resident Judy Neilson, concerned with the amount of trash and debris she saw littering the coast, organized Oregon’s first beach clean up event.  In 1985, California, having witnessed the success of Judy’s “Plague of Plastics” event, rallied its forces 2500 Californians strong and implemented its first statewide Coastal Cleanup Day.

Show us how YOU are making a difference! Submit your video to the Water: Take 1 Online Short Film Festival

A clean coastline directly impacts our oceans and as such, is an integral part of our global efforts in water conservation, protection, sustainability and stewardship. Take a few moments on Coastal Cleanup Day to make a short video on your cell phone and show us what a clean coastline and ocean means to you. Help us spread the message – we are all one water! Please visit www.watertake1.com to see a selection of last year’s films and for complete guidelines and instructions on how to submit a video online.

In Ventura, to find out the one of six locations closest to you, visit: http://bit.ly/2c0Wba8

To find a coastal cleanup near you, visit: http://coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/cleanup/#/map

Find out more: http://coastal.ca.gov/