Point Reyes National Seashore, in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission, will be sponsoring a Beach cleanup at Drakes Beach on Saturday, September 20, 2014. The cleanup will take place from 10 am to 2 pm. This is a family friendly event. Participants are encouraged to bring sunscreen, lunch and/or snacks (the Drakes Beach Cafe is indefinitely closed) and their own water bottles.
California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country. On this day, 50,000 volunteers turn out to over 700 cleanup sites statewide to conduct what has been hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as "the largest garbage collection" (1993). Since the program started in 1985, over 750,000 Californians have removed more than 12 million pounds of debris from our state's shorelines and coast. In 2011, volunteers picked up 1,345,776 pound of trash along California's coastlines and over 40% of it was recycled. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by The Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events of the year.
Coastal Cleanup Day is the highlight of the California Coastal Commission's year-round Adopt-A-Beach program and usually takes place every year on the third Saturday of September, from 10 am to 2 pm. Coming at the end of the summer beach season and right near the start of the school year, Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources, learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them, and to have fun. Coastal Cleanup Day is also the kick-off event for Coastweeks-three weeks of coastal and water-related events for the whole family.
Everybody that joins a beach cleanup is required to sign the California Coastal Commission's waiver form.