13th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day at River Park with CA Secretary of Natural Resources, John Laird

California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird participated in the Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 19th.  Along with California Secretary of Natural Resources John Laird, Mayor Dr. Nancy Bilicich, Councilmember Jim Dutra and many volunteers met at River Park to cleanup the the Pajaro River.

California Secretary of Natural Resources, John Laird, and Ocean Protection Council (OPC) staff will participate in California Coastal Cleanup Day in Watsonville this Saturday, September 19. Organized by the City of Watsonville, the Secretary and OPC staff will join local community members, high school students, and other volunteers at the Pajaro River, a site chosen to highlight how inland waterways contribute to ocean pollution. By reducing litter at the Pajaro River and wetlands, Watsonville has kept thousands of pieces of trash from entering the ocean downstream. This weekend’s cleanup is one of more than 30 community cleanups the City of Watsonville organizes annually to beautify and renew freshwater sloughs, the river and ocean.


California Coastal Cleanup Day
Pajaro River in Watsonville
River Park
100 E. Front Street Watsonville


September 19, 2015
9:00 a.m.
Bilingual Spanish/English kick-off event (cleanup until noon)

Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the California Coastal Cleanup Day, the State’s largest volunteer event. In 2014, nearly 67,000 volunteers removed more than 1,190,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California’s scenic coast and waterways. The event is part of the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, which is the largest volunteer event on the planet. The most recent Thank You Ocean report highlights the cleanup’s effort and shows the profound benefits to our ocean and coast. Hosting 80 inland and sea clean up sites with over 4,000 total volunteers, Save Our Shores coordinates Coastal Clean Up for Santa Cruz County.

Please join Secretary Laird, OPC staff, Save Our Shores and thousands of volunteers across the state in collecting trash from our beaches and waterways on Saturday. The ocean takes care of us. Let’s return the favor!

If you have questions, please contact Tami Stolzanthaler at 768-3107.

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