Coastal Cleanup Day Celebrates 25th anniversary September 19

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coastal-cleanup-day-mapThe California Coastal Commission is proud to announce that the state’s biggest volunteer event, California Coastal Cleanup Day, is preparing to celebrate its 25th Anniversary. The 25th Annual Cleanup, sponsored by the Coastal Commission, will take place at more than 750 locations around the state on Saturday, September 19th, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The Cleanup is one of the State’s premier volunteer activities, annually bringing tens of thousands of volunteers to the state’s beaches and inland shorelines to remove the debris that has accumulated over the course of the year.

The Coastal Commission and its many partners around the state will be launching a number of initiatives during the summer to highlight the 25th Anniversary and to encourage even more volunteers to turn out on September 19th.

One of these initiatives is a continued push into inland California in an attempt to launch cleanup activities in all 58 of California’s counties (there are currently cleanups in 44 counties). Several areas have already responded to this call, including a new effort by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy to complement Coastal Cleanup Day with a “Great Sierra Cleanup” that will encompass all of the Sierra Nevada counties.

“We want Coastal Cleanup Day to be an opportunity for every Californian to feel their connection to our coast, no matter where they may live,” said Eben Schwartz, Outreach Manager for the California Coastal Commission. “By pushing the Cleanup into every corner of the state, we can clean up a lot of trash before it has a chance to reach our ocean, and in doing so, bind every Californian to one another through our collective stewardship.”

For the past 10 years Save Our Beach in Seal Beach has had 2 cleanup locations in Orange and Los Angeles Counties and this year they have expanded it to 3 locations:

  1. Pacific Coast Highway at 1st Street, at the San Gabriel Riverbed in Long Beach
  2. Ocean Avenue at 1st Street where the San Gabriel Riverbed flows into the Pacific Ocean in Seal Beach
  3. Marina Drive at Alamitos Bay Marina in Long Beach

The founder of Save Our Beach (Seal Beach), Kim Masoner has invited cities upriver from Seal Beach to get involved this year on California Coastal Cleanup Day and she has had a great response. So far 11 cities have agreed to participate with Save Our Beach. Cities now involved in this cleanup in addition to Seal Beach are Anaheim, Covina, Cypress, Garden Grove, Hawaiian Gardens, La Puente, Long Beach, Los Alamitos, Orange, Pico Rivera, and West Covina.

With these and other innovations in store, the 2009 cleanup will undoubtedly build on the success of past years’ events. In 2008, 73,461 volunteers turned out to Coastal Cleanup Day, a 20 percent jump over 2007 and a 46 percent jump in volunteers over the past two years. Last year’s volunteers removed a record 1.6 million pounds of debris, of which almost 200,000 pounds was recycled, both record numbers for the Cleanup Program.

For more information on the event please visit Coast Cleanup Day online at

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