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Volunteers Needed for Virtual Coastal Clean Up
posted on 09/10/2020.

Coastal Cleanup Day is now Coastal Cleanup Month! Join the world's largest volunteer cleanup event wherever you live in OC to protect our ocean and help preserve our beaches, creeks, parks, trails, and other happy places.

This year, we are protecting our coast by cleaning up our neighborhoods. Instead of large organized cleanup sites, cleanups will be self-guided and close to home. Water in Orange County storm drains is NOT treated before reaching the ocean, so picking up around your home prevents pollution from reaching our beaches and marine environments.

Saturdays in September, from 9am to noon, grab your bag and gloves and help clean the coast by picking up trash in your neighborhood, parks, streets, trails, shores, and natural areas. Together we can safely keep trash out of storm drains, creeks, and rivers, before it turns into beach and ocean pollution.

How do I participate?

  1. Register for this FREE event on Eventbrite and selecting a date. Registration is encouraged to help measure cleanup participation throughout Orange County.
  2. Watch for email updates from H2OC, Orange County's Stormwater Program, with details and instructions about your event.
  3. Follow the safety guidelines listed on the Eventbrite page, making sure to socially distance, wear masks, and wash your hands afterwards. 
  4. Report your cleanup in the Clean Swell app or by completing this form. Be sure to use ‘Coastkeeper Clean’ as your group name to help OC Coastkeeper record Orange County's impact on marine pollution!

Win a free Coastal Cleanup shirt or other prizes!

Our friends at OC Coastkeeper are hosting a virtual scavenger hunt and giving away free commemorative coastal cleanup shirts and prizes!

To participate, find the scavenger hunt trash items announced on OC Coastkeeper's Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages.

Post picture(s) of the scavenger hunt trash items to your social media page(s) using the following hashtags or email your images to [email protected]

#coastkeeperclean

#protectyourhappyplace

#coastalcleanupday

Winners will be announced on Mondays in September on OC Coastkeeper’s Instagram story.

What will I need to bring?

Due to the nature of this year's self-guided cleanups, you will need to bring your own cleanup gear, including:

  1. Trash bags or buckets
  2. Gloves
  3. Trash grabber or tongs (if available)
  4. Face mask
  5. Hand sanitizer
  6. Sun protection
  7. Close-toed shoes to protect against sharp objects
  8. Clean Swell app or this form to record your cleanup
  9. Remember to follow these safety guidelines

About California Coastal Cleanup Day

Since 1985, the California Coastal Commission has organized California Coastal Cleanup Day, a statewide event to protect our ocean, watersheds, and wildlife from trash and debris. California Coastal Cleanup Day is part of the International Coastal Cleanup – the largest volunteer event on the planet! In 2019, more than 60,000 volunteers in California headed to their local beach, river or lake; rolled up their sleeves; and picked up trash. This year, California cleans the coast by cleaning up our own neighborhoods. Spend a day outside safely socially distancing in your community to protect and celebrate beautiful Orange County, CA!

Attachment: 2020 Coastal Cleanup.pdf



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