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Coastal Cleanup Day 2017 is Sept 16

 

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Did you know you can help clean up the coast right here in Thousand Oaks? Show your community spirit and concern for our local creeks (which lead to the ocean) by taking part in the 33rd Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day! Volunteers will remove trash from channels that feed Arroyo Conejo creek to help protect wildlife from harm while maintaining the appearance of our beautiful scenery in Ventura County.

 

At previous Coastal Cleanup events, over 60,000 people all across California removed over 1,000,000 pounds of trash and recyclable materials each year from California’s coast and inland water.   Your involvement in Coastal Cleanup Day helps prevent the gyres from increasing in size. Families, friends, coworkers, scout troops, school groups, service clubs, and individuals come together to celebrate and share their appreciation of California's fabulous 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!

Coastal Cleanup Day in Thousand Oaks will take place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. (ends at 12:00 p.m.)
Volunteers meet at Borchard Community Park across from the tennis courts at the Thousand Oaks/Newbury Park cleanup site. (190 Reino Rd, Newbury Park)
Other cleanup sites in Ventura County are available; click this VC Coastal Cleanup link for information.
Large plastic bags to pickup trash and debris will be provided, however, we encourage volunteers to bring previously used plastic bags and gloves from their homes instead, to minimize the number of plastic bags going into the landfill. Also please remember to bring water, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and sturdy shoes.

We live in a throwaway culture, and currently recover only 5% of the plastics we produce. What happens to the rest of it? Most of it goes into landfills but much of it remains “unaccounted for”, lost in the environment where it ultimately washes out to sea, where aquatic life is suffering. Small ocean animals, like fish, ingest tiny plastic particles. These toxic particles pass on to us when we eat seafood.  There are now five huge contaminated masses of trash trapped by swirling currents called gyres in the earth's oceans. Inland storm drains supply about 85% of gyre materials. See the infographic below to see the huge impact pollution makes on our lives and nature.

Join Us and Volunteer! Turn the Tide on Trash! Be a part of the cure!

Each volunteer must complete a waiver and turn in on the day of the event. Click this Coastal Cleanup web page to download the appropriate waivers.

For more information on Coastal Cleanup Day click here to view our Coastal Cleanup web page.

Click here to view a Coastal Cleanup informational flier

Click here to view a sheet on steps you can take every day to help keep our oceans clean.

Click here to view a cool infographic on ocean pollution.

 

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