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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Monday, September 10, 2018

California Coastal Commission Volunteers at 34th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day

WHEN: September 15, 2018

TIME: 9am - Noon

WHERE: Cleanups will take place at over 1,000 sites on California beaches, bays, rivers, creeks, parks, roadsides, and highways. The commission hosts an interactive map that provides exact locations and other site-specific information. For more details, go to: www.coastalcleanupday.org.

WHAT: Tens of thousands of Californians will gather along beaches, shorelines, and inland waterways to pick up the trash that has accumulated over the past year. In 2017, over 66,000 volunteers removed more than 800,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from 55 counties across the state. The event ranks as the biggest, single day volunteer event on the planet, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

WHY: “The harm that we are causing to marine wildlife through our careless overuse of disposable plastic is truly staggering. Coastal Cleanup Day is an opportunity to help us restore our coast and inland waterways to what they should look like. If we can get rid of all this trash before the rains start, we can stop plastic pollution before it has a chance to wash out to the ocean.”

HOW: Visit www.coastalcleanupday.org or call (800) COAST-4U for more information.

WHO: California Coastal Cleanup Day event is presented by the California Coastal Commission with lead sponsorship from Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water by CG Roxane. Additional support comes from Oracle, Union Bank, Salesforce, the California Tobacco Control Program, Visa, the Whale Tail© Specialty License Plate, and the Protect our Coast and Oceans Fund. The artwork was generously donated by Matt Beard. California Coastal Cleanup Day 2018 is supported by the California Coastal Commission, California State Parks Foundation, and 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. The Commission is committed to protecting and enhancing California’s coast and ocean for present and future generations. It does so through careful planning and regulation of environmentally-sustainable development, strong public participation, education, and effective intergovernmental coordination. The Coastal Cleanup Day Program is part of its effort to raise public awareness of marine and coastal resources and promote coastal stewardship.

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