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25th 'California Coastal Cleanup Day' celebrated Sept. 19

Posted: August 31, 2009 9:42 p.m.
Updated: September 1, 2009 12:00 p.m.
 
Tens of thousands of Californians will gather along the beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways of the state to celebrate the 25th Annual "California Coastal Cleanup Day" by clearing away the debris that has been deposited over the past year on Saturday, Sept.19, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Last year, 73,461 Coastal Cleanup volunteers (a 20 percent jump from the previous record for volunteer turnout) collected over 1.6 million pounds of trash and recyclables. Covering over 2,800 miles of coast and inland shoreline in 45 counties around the state, the 2008 cleanup also had the largest geographic reach ever achieved.

"Coastal Cleanup Day is an opportunity for every Californian to feel their connection to our coast, no matter where they may live," said Eben Schwartz, Outreach Manager for the California Coastal Commission. "By pushing the Cleanup into every corner of the state, we can clean up a lot of trash before it has a chance to reach our ocean, and in doing so, bind every Californian to one another through our collective stewardship."

Cleanups will take place at over 750 sites on California beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, parks, roadsides, and highways. Call the local coordinator for exact locations and other site-specific information.

The statewide event is presented by the California Coastal Commission and Whole Foods Market(R) with major statewide support from Crystal Geyser, Oracle, and Kohl's. Additional support comes from Delta, Sunset Magazine, Nature's Path, and Aquarium of the Bay. Other sponsors include KPMG, See's Candies, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, and Whole Foods Market vendor Natracare.

California Coastal Cleanup Day 2009 is supported by the California Coastal Commission, California State Parks Foundation, and the Ocean Conservancy. This event is made possible by the hard work of hundreds of local non-profits and government agencies throughout the state and tens of thousands of volunteers annually.

Northern California media sponsors include partner KFOG Radio and KPIX/CW Bay Area TV. Northern California media support also comes from the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

Southern California media sponsors include KCAL-TV and KCBS-TV.

To further support Coastal Cleanup Day, please shop at any Northern California Whole Foods market on Tuesday, Sept. 22. Five percent of all sales from that day will be donated to the Cleanup Program.

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