Get Your Coastal Cleanup On In September

Beach.Cleanup.C1ssouAre you ready to get your coastal cleanup on? California Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, September 21, 2013, so here’s your chance to get out there and do you part in cleaning up our local rivers, creeks, lakes and beaches before the first rainfall of the season – typically called the first flush – washes trash and pollutants into our local bays.

On September 21, there will be cleanups taking place along bays, creeks, rivers, highways and the coast at more than 800 locations throughout California on September 21. Use this map to find your county and then contact the local coordinator. Here in Los Angeles County, we have two local coordinators:

Heal the Bay

Eveline Bravo

(800) Heal-Bay

City of Long Beach, El Dorado Nature Center

Brooke Davis

(562) 570-4876

As you prepare, here are few things to keep in mind:

WHAT TO WEAR
Wear close-toed shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Bring an extra layer, like a sweater or jacket in case it is cold. Be prepared to be outside in potentially changing weather for at least half a day. 

CLEANUP SUPPLIES
Bring your own bucket, glove, reusable water bottle, and any other reusable cleanup supplies you think you might want or need. Help us cut down on the trash that we create at the Cleanup! If you are not able to bring reusable cleanup supplies, site captains will have everything you need for the Cleanup at each site. 

FOOD
Pack a waste-free lunch! Coastal Cleanup Day ends at noon at most locations, which makes for a great opportunity to have lunch at the beach or creek! Just be sure to leave your lunch spot cleaner than when you arrived.

California Coastal Cleanup Day promises to be a great day filled with friends, fun and a sense of fulfillment as your help us keep our golden state clean!

Photos courtesy of C1ssou via Flickr.com.

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