2013 Shoreline Cleanup needs volunteers

The Annual Shoreline Cleanup is September 21st

BERKELEY—Berkeley residents are invited to join the tens of thousands of California volunteers who will help clean up our local beaches, bays, and waterways during this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day.

Each year more than a million pounds of debris is removed from our beaches, rivers, creeks, lakes, and waterways
so, the net environmental impact of the event is tremendously positive. The education we are able to impart has started to change peoples consuming habits.  The good feeling everyone gets is the icing on the cake.

Although we will have bags and gloves for your use we would like to reduce this plastic usage, so we still need your help. Please “Bring Your Own” Here’s some quick tips on what you can do again in 2013:

  • Bring a bucket or reusable bag to the Cleanup for collecting trash (most Cleanup sites are equipped with dumpsters or roll-away bins so you can dump what you collect and bring your bucket or reusable bag back home).
  • Bring a lightweight pair of gardening gloves from home, instead of using the disposable plastic gloves we provide.
  • Bring a filled, reusable water bottle to the Cleanup.
  • Use public transportation, bike, or carpool to your Cleanup. Use the pedestrian overpass and the Bay Trail to reach the staging area and the many locations we will be cleaning, or take the 51B bus to University Ave. and Frontage Rd.

Volunteers will help compile data about garbage for the largest research project in the world. The data that is collected is used to change laws and to educate people about how to be conscientious consumers. We will see if we pick up any Tsunami debris.

If you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Each of us can make a difference every day.
Adopt your neighborhood storm drain and before and after any storm, catch the trash before it makes it into our waterways. 80 % of the trash we pick up comes from land based sources. The top 10 trash items are “one use” items.
If you can’t make the cleanup, adopt and clean 10 ft of your habitat everyday.

This Sept. 21st cleanup will take place at the mouth of three creeks, Aquatic Park, along our east shoreline and all around the Marina.

Only groups of 10 or more need to preregister  and can do so by calling 510-981-6720. Individuals may register between 9-10:30  in the big dirt lot behind the Sea Breeze Market and Deli on the corner of West Frontage Rd. and University Ave. in Berkeley.  Individuals and small groups please arrive promptly to sign waivers, and receive an educational safety training and directions to the clean-up locations.
More information and children’s waivers are available online at www.cityofberkeley.info/shorelinecleanup

At the end of the Cleanup, when you return the filled out data card, you will get a raffle ticket for some great prizes.

Posted by on August 14, 2013. Filed under Community,Local Resources,Parks & Trails. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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