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Looking for a great way to teach your children about environmental stewardship? Does your family love the beach and want to help take care of it? Here’s your chance! Sign up to take part in Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 17th from 9am to noon.
According to the California Coastal Commission, "California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterway cleanup, is the state's largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways." Taking place on the same day as the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, it is part of the largest volunteer event in the world. With sites on the coast, on the bay, and along streams and other waterways, the chances are good that there will be a cleanup project at a site that is special to your family.
Easy to Sign Up
Want more information? Head over to the Coastal Cleanup Day page of the California Coastal Commission’s website, contact your local organizer, and pick your favorite local waterway.
If you live in San Mateo County, your local organizer is the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program. All the information you need is on their site. They will provide you with cleanup supplies, but they encourage you to bring your own reusable bag or bucket for collecting trash to cut down on plastic bag waste.
Taking it a Step Further
Can’t get enough Coastal Cleanup? Do you already have plans for September 17th? Never fear. You can take part in further cleanup projects in the COASTWEEKS program, taking place September 17th through October 9th. In addition, if you are a teacher or youth leader, your group can sign up to volunteer as part of the effort on September 16th or 17th. Your group can also Adopt-a-Beach and commit to keep it clean all year.
We are lucky to live in a beautiful area with bountiful natural resources. Coastal Cleanup Day is our chance to join an international effort to take care of our beaches and bayshore and the animals that live there. There’s nothing like a hands-on experience to make a lesson memorable. Let’s show our kids that we value our beaches and waterways enough to take care of them!
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Ellie Anderson is the Youth Services Librarian at Belmont Library. She lives in Half Moon Bay and will be cleaning up her beach on September 17th.