We're Back! The 37th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day is set for Saturday, September 18, 2021 from 9am-Noon, at beaches and waterways throughout the state. Help us remove the trash and plastic pollution that has been accumulating since the CA Coastal Commission was last able to run organized cleanup events. In 2019, more than 74,000 volunteers (including many from ACSC!) picked up more than 900,000 pounds of trash from beaches and waterways throughout California.
Volunteers are also invited to participate throughout the month by cleaning up their neighborhoods, parks, and other local areas. Trash from inland areas flows downstream to the coast, so cleaning up neighborhood trash helps prevent marine debris. Gather cleanup supplies from home, download the CleanSwell app (to count your trash, and to have your trash counted!), and clean on your own time throughout September. More than 14,000 Californians participated in a neighborhood cleanup during September 2020, preventing over 150,000 pounds of trash from entering our stormwater systems and potentially polluting our coast and ocean.
This is how it will work:
In addition the Coastal Commission and its partners recommend the following practices for cleaning up litter and other debris:
Have fun and remember, safety first!
Thank you for your help and support!
Summer Camp was awesome! We had three sessions and 103 campers enjoying the wind and water and improving their sailing skills.
One highlight was the Feva Sailing Camp’s Adventure Sail to San Francisco guided by ACSC Lead Instructor, Casey Tolan:
“We could not have had a better day to sail to San Francisco with the Fevas. With the tide going out as we were sailing to the Bay Bridge, the tide coming back in going home, and just the right amount of breeze, it was a perfect day! We towed out and anchored for lunch right off the tip of Alameda and once done, the campers were off sailing to the Bay Bridge. Those boats are fast, and having done this sail before with FJ's, I was expecting this to be an all-day sail, but they got there at 1pm! With time to spare, the sailors wanted to capsize and sit on their boats to say 'I capsized and sat under the Bay Bridge!' Next, we hooked up for a tow and set off for Alcatraz for a long downwind sail. With the wind picking up, I decided, for safety, that staying next to the city front was best and Pier 39 was a good place to unhook and start our downwind sail back.
I don't take many of my classes to the Bay Bridge and going to Pier 39 was the farthest I have taken a class. I had full confidence in my sailors as their skills and attitudes showed that they were capable of doing this sail. They knew what to look out for; not only ferry boats, container ships, and other vessels around, but more importantly, they were aware of each other and of me and they listened for important whistles. If someone capsizes they know to come back, stay close, and stick together. Knowing their skill level and having trust in my sailors was important when going out. For some this was the farthest they’d gone, and was a new place to sail. The Feva sailors knew the importance of staying together in a new environment they are not familiar with and they did a fantastic job. We could not have asked for a better day to go out. For them to have this experience and make this accomplishment was amazing!”