The Coast Is Clear- Santa Barbara Coastal Cleanup Day

 In Explore Ecology

Good job, Santa Barbara! Over 1,191 volunteers at over 29 sites from Rincon Beach Park to Guadalupe Dunes cleaned up our local beaches, rivers, creeks and parks. Over 5,323 pounds of trash and 1,276 pounds of recyclables were collected and prevented from entering our ocean and waterways. A total of 6,599 pounds of waste was removed and 39 miles were cleaned.

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This year’s local event was organized by Explore Ecology and Project Clean Water with assistance from the Cities of Goleta and Santa Barbara. Over 250 volunteers from United Way of Santa Barbara County’s Day of Caring helped clean up at four sites.

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With 75% of the cleanup sites reporting, California had  54,124 volunteers who picked up 576,571 pounds of trash and an additional 109,494 pounds of recyclable materials, for a total of 686,065 pounds or 343 tons. Impressive!

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This tremendous cleanup effort would not be possible without the hard work and services provided by local businesses, organizations and community members who act as site captains and by the many community members who volunteer their time and labor.

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If you can’t wait for next year’s Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 19th, 2015, join us for Monthly Beach Cleanups the second Saturday of every month from 12-2pm at Arroyo Burro Beach. For information contact Mariana at 805-884-0459 x18.


 

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