During the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, tens of thousands of Californians are expected to gather along the beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways of the state to clear away the debris that has accumulated over the past year. This year’s Coastal Cleanup Day, on Saturday, Sept. 21, will come at the end of California Coastal Protection Week, a designation passed by the state legislature in 2012 in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Coastal Act. Coastal Cleanup Day also marks the beginning of Coastweeks, a three-week celebration of coastal resources that takes place across the United States. The Coastal Commission maintains a calendar of Coastweeks events on its website at coastal.ca.gov .
Last year, 65,544 Coastal Cleanup volunteers collected more than 769,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from 54 of California’s 58 counties, and almost 20 percent of that debris was recycled, according to the Coastal Commission.
“California Coastal Cleanup Day is the one opportunity we have each year to invite every Californian, no matter where they may live, to help us protect and restore our coast and ocean,” said Eben Schwartz, marine debris program manager for the California Coastal Commission.
Local cleanups on Sept. 21 will be:
• Alamitos Beach, on the sand at Alamitos Avenue, 9am to noon
• Alamitos Bay Marina, 255 N. Marina Dr., 9am to noon
• Belmont Pier, on the sand near 39th Place, 9am to noon
• Bluff Park, Ocean Boulevard at Coronado Avenue, 9am to noon
• Mother’s Beach, Appian Way under 2nd Street bridge, 9am to noon
• 30-Minute Beach Clean Up, Granada Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, 10am
• Colorado Lagoon, 5119 E Colorado Ave., 9am to noon
For more information, visit coastalcleanupday.org .