July 5, 2011

Taking Back our Beaches With Pollution Prevention over the Fourth of July Weekend

It started on July 2nd this year, with a group of costume-clad ocean advocates dancing and waving signs on Ocean Street in Santa Cruz...

We greeted visitors to Santa Cruz in a fun manner with positive messaging, reminding them that the beaches around Monterey Bay are a treasure for locals, marine animals, and visitors alike - and that we must all work together to protect this Sanctuary we have here in our backyards.

We made the evening news (on TWO stations) and the Save Our Shores Pollution Prevention message spread like wildfire. Catch another glimpse in this video...

On July 4th, 28 dedicated volunteers hit the beaches to further spread the Pollution Prevention message. The teams of volunteers handed out over 1,600 trash and recycling bags to beach goers in a few shorts hours, and reached nearly 5,000 beach-goers that day! We are very impressed. July 4th Pollution Prevention efforts continually prove to be an important tool for stemming the tide of pollution left behind by the thousands of visitors to our area’s beaches each holiday. Check out this article on July 4th...

Then, on July 5th, from 8-10am, 263 volunteers in Santa Cruz and Monterey gathered on our beaches for the Star Spangled Beach Cleanup.

Thanks to our volunteers, we prevented a total of 1,657 pounds of pollution from entering our Sanctuary and harming marine wildlife. Check out our YouTube video from the cleanup...

The top 3 dirtiest beaches were all in Santa Cruz County. In order, determined by total poundage removed on July 5th only: Seabright Beach, Main/Cowell Beach, and Panther Beach.

"SOS has been running July 4th and 5th efforts in Santa Cruz for several years and we've found that our pollution prevention efforts on July 4th decreases the total amount of trash left behind on local beaches. We've also seen an increase in cleanup volunteers on July 5th,” says Emily Glanville, program manager for Save Our Shores, “and are excited to bring this same success to Monterey County. We hope to continue to see more stewardship of our Sanctuary from locals and visitors alike."

"Today was the second largest beach cleanup of the year on the Monterey Bay, removing 1,386 pounds of trash and 271 pounds of recycling from our beaches. Thank you to all of the ocean heroes who got up early to remove a total of 1,657 pounds of pollution from our beaches today,” says Andrew Hoeksema, coordinator of volunteer programs at Save Our Shores.

The July 5th beach cleanup took place this year in Santa Cruz County at Davenport Main, Panther, Cowell/Main, Seabright, Twin Lakes, Moran Lake, and Seacliff/Rio Del Mar beaches. In Monterey County the Star Spangled Beach Cleanup took place at Del Monte Beach, Monterey State Beach, and Carmel Beach.

The fun never ends at Save Our Shores, voted Best Non-Profit in the Santa Cruz Weekly’s Gold Awards of 2011, 2nd Best Activist Group in the Good Times Santa Cruz’s Best of 2011 poll, and Best Non-Profit in the Good Times Santa Cruz Best of 2010 poll.

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