Coastal Cleanup Day, Sat, Sept. 16

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The City of Carlsbad is seeking volunteers for the 33rd annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, Saturday, Sept. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at the north end of the city’s beach, at Rue des Chateaux and Ocean Street.

Reduce waste at this year’s cleanup by bringing along your own bucket, work gloves and reusable water bottle.

Cleanup volunteers not only pick up trash, they also collect data on types of trash and debris found. This data is used to educate the public, businesses, industries and government on pollution prevention.

Volunteers are encouraged to sign up at www.cleanupday.org. Click on the map to select the city-sponsored coastal site at Carlsbad – North City Beach or any of the other registered sites. A volunteer waiver form is available on the website or at the event. All volunteers are required to sign the waiver, and participants under 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian.

Sponsored by I Love A Clean San Diego and part of the larger International Coastal Cleanup Day, the California Coastal Cleanup Day includes events at more than 100 locations throughout San Diego County, including several sites in Carlsbad.

“The City of Carlsbad has participated in this cleanup event for over a decade. It’s a great way to engage our community and protect our creeks, lagoons and ocean,” said James Wood, Environmental Manager for the city.

“Beaches and creeks provide recreation and habitat, which are central to the Carlsbad way of life.”

Last year, over 100 volunteers removed over 300 pounds of trash and debris from Tamarack State Beach.

Some of the trash and debris is left by beach-goers, Wood said, but trash from inland sites can also travel to the beach through the storm drain system. Rainwater and urban runoff transport pollutants into local creeks, lagoons and the ocean.

“The cleanup is a great way to not only enjoy our beaches and creeks, but also to do our part to keep them beautiful,” he said.

For more information
Hallie Thompson, 760-602-2799 or Hallie.thompson@carlsbadca.gov

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