Coastal Cleanup Day
Oxnard Beach Park
Silver Strand Beach
GenOn-Mandalay Generating Station
The 28th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day will take place Saturday, September 15 from 9 AM – 12 PM in various locations along the coast and in some inland areas.
Thousands of residents, businesses and non-profit organizations will gather in an effort to rid our beaches of trash and debris up and down the coast in an effort to protect Ventura County’s ocean resources and waterways.
Last year’s event attracted over 3000 volunteers from around Ventura County and over 70,000 people collectively throughout California. In 2011 alone, more than 1.3 million pounds of debris was collected from over 58 miles of California’s coastline.
In past years, Ventura County organizers have supplied all of the necessary tools to pick up debris along the beaches. This time around, organizers have come up with a new campaign theme, “Bring your own Bags, Bucket and Gloves.” The campaign was designed to lessen the environmental impact the event would create.
The debris collected has included cigarette filters, food wrappers, beverage bottles and cans, medical supplies, grocery and trash bags, fishing line, just to name a few. Once these products enter local waterways, they can travel thousands of miles on the ocean current, posing a threat to ecosystems and wildlife along the way. Thousands of marine animals die each year when they become entangled in debris or from digesting it. Hazardous material also poses a safety risk to barefooted beachgoers.
The California Coastal Commission and the Ventura County Coalition for Coastal and Inland Waterways is again sponsoring the event and is comprised of both city and county agencies.
Numerous cleanup sites are available throughout Ventura County, read Press Release.
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