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Caltrans Calls for Eastern Sierra Residents to Help Protect Community Waterways and Coastlines During Coastal Cleanup Month

Californians Can Participate in September Cleanups and Learn About Water Quality

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Caltrans Calls for Eastern Sierra Residents to Help Protect Community Waterways and Coastlines During Coastal Cleanup Month

Californians Can Participate in September Cleanups and Learn About Water Quality

BISHOP — Caltrans, through its Stormwater Campaign “Let’s Change This to That,” is partnering with the California Coastal Commission for the second year to advocate for cleaner coastlines and pollutant-free water during September’s Coastal Cleanup Month. Numerous cleanup activities will take place statewide throughout the month with the goal of preserving the natural splendor of California’s coastline and ensuring that both inland and coastal area residents understand their impact on community waterways, such as lakes, rivers, creeks and the ocean.

Trash, litter and other debris accumulate during drier months while Californians travel, recreate and spend more time outdoors. Stormwater generated by the first heavy rains of the season wash untreated waste and debris into local rivers, creeks, lakes and the ocean. Beyond encouraging trash collection, the Stormwater Campaign encourages preventative actions by individuals to stop pollutants at the source, such as picking up after pets, properly disposing of waste, maintaining vehicles to prevent leaks and mitigate wear, and much more. These thoughtful behaviors contribute significantly to maintaining water quality and decreasing pollution.

The California Coastal Commission in partnership with Caltrans and other community-based organizations are holding the 39th annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 23, 2023, by hosting hundreds of local events statewide. Residents in Mono and Inyo counties interested in volunteering can participate in the following local events:

To learn more about how to prevent stormwater pollution, visit CleanWaterCA.com.

About Caltrans:

Caltrans, the California Department of Transportation is responsible for designing, constructing, maintaining, and operating the state’s transportation infrastructure. With an unwavering commitment to a safe, sustainable, and efficient transportation system, Caltrans actively engages in various initiatives to safeguard and enhance California’s natural environment. For more information about Coastal Cleanup Month and Caltrans’ extensive involvement, please visit CleanWaterCA.com.

For those with sensory disabilities requiring alternate formats (i.e., Braille, large print, sign language interpreter, etc.) and those needing information in a language other than English, please contact Bob Gossman at (760) 881-7145 or TTY 711.

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