Locals take part in Coastal Clean-Up Day

Eureka, Ca., (KIEM)- Over more than 2,000 acres of California coast were peppered Saturday with volunteers, taking part in “Coastal Clean-Up Day.”

Held the third Saturday in September, the event marks a global effort to maintain cleaner oceans and healthier bays.

“It’s something that we believe in, and there’s a lot of trash out there in the ocean that’s hurting animals, and its just a good workout and a happy way to spend the morning.” Janet Warren, a volunteer explains.

She was one of more than a dozen volunteers who helped clean up the beaches at Friends of the Dunes. A few miles away, members of the Sonoma Peninsula Fire Department picked up Indian Island.

“It’s great for the environment to try and keep this stuff out of the bay, and keep our bay beautiful.” One of the firemen said.

“It always touches your heart you know?” Jessica Barger, the programs coordinator for Friends of the Dunes explained, after her team cleared (their portion of) the beach of trash in just a few short hours, “To see the community wanting to support our natural resources and you get people of all ages and backgrounds, some local, some recent students that have just come up here that are already interested in helping out so, it’s always good the variety’s great.”

The international clean-up effort is an annual event. For more information visit: https://oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/

or check out the California site map: https://healthebay.org/event/coastal-cleanup-day-2017/