Caltrans and California Coastal Commission Celebrate Coastal Cleanup Month with Events Throughout September

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Inyo and Mono county residents are encouraged to participate in local events

SACRAMENTO — Caltrans and the California Coastal Commission are joining forces for the 38th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on September 17 and are inviting the public to participate in cleanup and litter prevention activities throughout September.

“The California Coastal Commission’s Coastal Cleanup Day and Caltrans’ Let’s Change This to That stormwater public education campaign are collaborating to create even more awareness to help reduce litter and water pollution,” said Caltrans Director Tony Tavares. “We’re asking people to join us this month to clean up the waterways and beaches that belong to us all.”

Caltrans and the California Coastal Commission invite Californians to participate by cleaning up their neighborhoods, parks and local areas during the month of September. The monthlong effort is focused not only on the coastline but also along rivers, creeks and lakes. Trash from inland areas can flow downstream, so cleaning up neighborhoods can prevent litter and debris from ever reaching vital waterways.

“We are excited to expand our long-standing partnership with Caltrans this year,” said California Coastal Commission Executive Director Jack Ainsworth. “By emphasizing the impact trash can have on stormwater and the potential for that litter to eventually pollute our waterways, our two agencies are working together to emphasize that these waterways, like the ocean, are downhill from all of us.”

Inyo and Mono County residents who want to join the cleanup effort can participate in these local events:

  • Inyo County- Eastern Sierra Land Trust will be hosting the Great Sierra River Cleanup from 8:30 am -11:30 am. Meet just south of the bridge over the Owens along East Line Street in Bishop. Litter removal will be along the Owens River on LADWP land near the Artesian Springs.
  • Mono County- Mammoth Lakes Trail System will be hosting the Great Sierra River Cleanup/Lakes Basin from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. Meet at Horseshoe Lake parking lot.

A map of events throughout the state is available on the Coastal Cleanup Day website, and information is updated regularly as events are confirmed.

In 1993, California Coastal Cleanup Day was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest garbage collection” ever organized, with more than 50,000 volunteers. Since then, the reach of Coastal Cleanup Day has steadily spread inland, where most of the debris found on California’s beaches starts as urban trash or litter.

Established by voter initiative in 1972, the California Coastal Commission is committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally sustainable development, rigorous use of science, strong public participation, education and effective intergovernmental coordination.

Let’s Change This to That is a three-year public education campaign led by Caltrans to raise awareness and increase understanding of the sources and pathways of stormwater pollution throughout California. The campaign provides resources for people who live, work and play in California’s unique communities to spur behavior change in ways that lead to improved water quality.

For more information about the campaign, please visit CleanWaterCA.com.

(From Caltrans)

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