California Coastal Cleanup Day

California Coastal Cleanup Day took place on Sept. 19, 2009 and the Dana Point Earth/Ocean Society joined the effort at Doheny State Beach. This year marks the 25th anniversary of this remarkable event.

California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in Orange country.  In 2008, more than 70,000 volunteers worked together to collect more than 1.6 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways.

This event has even been hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest garbage collection” (1993).  Since the program started in 1985, over 800,000 Californians have removed more than 13 million pounds of debris from our state’s shorelines and coast.

Here is where the throngs of volunteers arrived to register for the Doheny Cleanup:

 

This is a typical shot… all morning long, volunteers came by carrying the garbage they had grabbed, saving it from entering the ocean where it causes so much damage.

 

Here is just a part of the trash that was collected in San Juan Capistrano around the San Juan Creek basin. The Cleanup Day event included all of Orange County, and for those of us who live in Dana Point, where the watershed meets the ocean, we are especially thrilled to see all this garbarge taken out of the watershed by our friends and neighbors who live upstream. Every bit of the trash in this picture would likely have ended up in the ocean when the next rain came! Thank you San Juan Capistrano.

 

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