• Volunteers remove more than 3,300 pounds of pollution for Earth Day

    Save Our Shores cleaned 10 sites on April 18 with the help of 408 participants
     
    Save Our Shores (SOS), the leader in ocean awareness, advocacy and action on the Central Coast, has announced the results from April 18’s Earth Day cleanup effort. Save Our Shores hosted 10 cleanups around the Monterey Bay and, with the help of 408 volunteers, removed more than 3,300 pounds of garbage.
    SOS cleaned 4 Mile Beach, Cowell Beach, the San Lorenzo River, Twin Lakes State Beach, Soquel Creek, Beer Can Beach, Elkhorn Slough at Triple M Ranch, Elkhorn Slough roadside, Del Monte Beach and Carmel Beach.
    The dirtiest region was Elkhorn Slough with more than 900 pounds of garbage removed from Triple M Ranch alone. Soquel Creek came in second with more than 315 pounds. The most common small item found was cigarette butts and the most common large item found was mattresses.
    Noteworthy items removed from Triple M Ranch: 16 mattresses, 6 tires, 1 microwave, 2 TVs, 1 vacuum, 2 bags of sheep hair, 3 gallons of gasoline, 1 keyboard, 1 ceramic toilet, 1 commercial water dispenser, 15 pounds of clothes, 3 bags of diapers, 7 bags of fast food and multiple pallets of wood.
    “We are grateful to all of the volunteers who embodied the true spirit of Earth Day,” said Rachel Kippen, SOS Program Manager. “These stewards give us hope for a brighter future for the planet.”
    SOS would like to thank all of its Earth Day partners and supporters: City of Santa Cruz, County of Santa Cruz, Old Orchard School, Westmont High School’s Ecology Club, Aptosia, Carmel Residents Association, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, ALBA, GreenWaste Recovery, Chase Hauling, Waste Management, REI, City of Monterey, County of Monterey, Community Foundation Monterey County, County of Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, and California State Parks.
    ABOUT SAVE OUR SHORES: Save Our Shores (SOS) is the Central Coast leader in caring for the marine environment through ocean awareness, advocacy and citizen action. Its core initiatives are Plastic Pollution, Ocean Awareness and Clean Boating. Over the last 30 years, SOS has been locally responsible for helping to establish the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, preventing offshore oil drilling and cruise ship pollution, and bringing together diverse stakeholders to find common solutions to ocean issues. Today, SOS focuses on educating youth about local watersheds, tackling plastic pollution at local beaches and rivers, supporting habitat conservation efforts, implementing the nationally renowned Dockwalker program and providing the community with Sanctuary Stewards.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on April 19, 2015

    Topics: Front PG News, Green

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