This morning, 238 Star Spangled Beach Cleanup volunteers prevented1,587 pounds of trash and debris from polluting our beaches, trashing our environment, and harming marine wildlife at the legendary July 5th Star Spangled Beach Cleanup.
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The North County Trashbusters, a mobile group of five SOS Sanctuary Stewards, surveyed north Santa Cruz County’s most polluted beaches this morning, a brand new effort put in place this year to maximize cleanup efforts on the beaches that needed it the most. The North County Trashbusters found Panther Beach completely trashed, and worked diligently to remove the 245 pounds of debris that was left behind there.
Top 3 dirtiest beaches, in order, determined by total poundage removed only, were:
- Seabright State Beach with 386 pounds
- Panther Beach with 245 pounds
- Cowell/Main Beach with 183 pounds
The Star Spangled Beach Cleanups took place in Santa Cruz County at Panther Beach, Davenport Beach, Cowell/Main Beach, Seabright State Beach, Twin Lakes State Beach, Moran Lake, and Seacliff/Rio Del Mar Beaches. Monterey County cleanups took place at Del Monte Beach at Wharf #2, and Carmel Beach.
Said Andrew Hoeksema, Coordinator of Volunteer Programs at SOS, "We achieved our goal: to have our volunteers find less trash than in years past! This is the best way to demonstrate that our year-round pollution prevention efforts are working. A big thanks to our July 4th Pollution Prevention Team who talked to over 5,600 people yesterday about keeping our beaches clean, and to 238 volunteers who cleaned up the beach with us this morning.”
Declaring their independence from plastic pollution, the July 4th Pollution Prevention Team consisted of 40 volunteers who handed out nearly 1,700 trash and recycling bags at six high-traffic beaches in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties. The July 4th Pollution Prevention team spoke to 5,660 beach goers about plastic pollution yesterday, an effort which has proved critical in stemming the tide of pollution left behind on area beaches by the thousands of visitors and revelers each 4th of July holiday.
“We appreciate the beachgoers who packed their trash out and kept the beaches clean this July 4th. With reduced State Beach maintenance this summer, our pollution prevention efforts and beach cleanups will be more critical than ever before,” said Laura Kasa, executive director of Save Our Shores.
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