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See OC Residents in Action
The annual California Coastal Clean Up day was September 20th and was a huge success! More than 50,000 volunteers came out statewide and collected more than 500,000 pounds of trash and another 100,000 pounds of recyclables from California coastlines and beaches. Right here at home, Orange County residents came out in numbers and filled Huntington State Beach and Bolsa Chica State Beach to volunteer capacity!
Yours truly made an appearance with some of my gnomish friends at the Huntington Beach event and had an opportunity to meet with some passionate OC residents! Check out the slideshow below:
Each year, the California Coastal Commission examines the trash collected from these events. Data from past cleanups shows that most (between 60-80 percent) of all the debris on beaches is made up of single-use disposable plastic items that originate in gneighborhoods and travel through storm drains, creeks, or rivers to end up on our beaches.
As great as it is to come out in force to help clean up our beaches, it is even more important to remember to do your part at home! Stopping trash from entering the storm drain system and stopping overwatering will help keep our beaches clean. Of course, if you want to do even more, you can head on over to our Events Page and check out all of the local opportunities you have to get out, get involved, and have an impact!