May 17, 2011

Awesome cleanup effort by Cabrillo students, 4/30

Save Our Shores is far from the only group in town out there cleaning beaches and talking trash. We love partnering with other local orgs and community efforts. Today, we celebrate the great work of Cabrillo College professor David Schwartz in organizing community beach and lagoon cleanups twice a year for 26 years now!

At this year's Spring Cabrillo College cleanup, our new Sanctuary Steward Scott McGilvray represented Save Our Shores and helped the group collect data using SOS data cards for their cleanup. He provided SOS with the following information:

The 26th annual Cabrillo Oceanography dept. cleanup of Corcoran Lagoon and surrounding beaches was a party. It began at 9 am in the parking lot of KSCO, with coffee, fruit, bagels and cool music from the Beach Bums ukelele, guitar and bass band. The group, totaling over 100 volunteers, took off at 9:40 a.m. and stretched out from Corcoran Lagoon along the streets, trails, rivers and beaches to Pleasure Pt. and Sunny Cove. Before noon volunteers reassembled for sorting and weighing of the trash, photos and 26 pizzas from Woodstocks and Pleasure Pt. Pizza, and beverages from Trader Joe's and Jamba Juice.

Total, those volunteers collected 460 lbs of trash and 180 lbs of recycling. Included in that were 43 plastic bags and 614 cigarette butts, two of SOS' primary target pollution items for removing from the waste and litter stream.

Thanks to Scott, Dr. Schartz and all the volunteers who participated in this event and helped to make it possible.

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