September 17, 2012

Nearly 3,500 Coastal Cleanup Day Volunteers in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties Prevent Almost 17,000 lbs. of Pollution from Trashing our Sanctuary!


We love our volunteers. 

In just three hours, at over 70 cleanup sites throughout Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties, 3,491 volunteers took ocean conservation into their own hands by removing 16,827 pounds of debris in an area spanning from Wadell Creek to the Big Sur coast. See our photo album at http://tinyurl.com/accd-2012...
   
In Santa Cruz County, 2,354 volunteers spread across 76 miles of beach, river, lake, creek and slough to remove 9,947 pounds of pollution and debris in just three hours.

In Monterey County, 1,137 volunteers spread across 81 miles of beach, river, lake, creek and slough to remove 6,879 pounds of pollution and debris in just three hours.


The top five cleanup sites with the most poundage removed were, in order:
  1. Elkhorn Slough with 2,020 pounds
  2. Upper Carr Lake with 1,960 pounds
  3. San Lorenzo River at the Covered Bridge with1,664 pounds
  4. Lompico Creek with 1,425 pounds
  5. San Lorenzo River at the Tannery with 860 pounds

*The cleanup sites with the most trash removed, listed above, are all inland or river sites. We continue to see the highest levels of trash and debris at these inland and river sites.

Total pounds of trash removed in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties combined: 13,877
Total pounds of recyclables removed in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties combined: 2,950

See our photo album at http://tinyurl.com/accd-2012...
   
Over 1,000 volunteers brought their own reusable buckets, bags, gloves, and water bottles to help lower the carbon footprint of Annual Coastal Cleanup Day, as part of the Bring Your Own campaign. 

Save Our Shores conducts reoccurring monthly cleanups in Santa Cruz County on the 3rd Saturday of each month, as well as in Monterey County on the 2nd Saturday of each month.




Volunteers and Site Captains, specifically in south Santa Cruz County due to the way ocean currents typically deposit debris, were looking out for tsunami debris from Japan. We will have detailed information once our cleanup data is crunched.


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