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The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino Land Trust:


Students from Willits High lending a hand [All photographs of last year’s clean-up were provided by the Mendocino Land Trust]

Mendocino County residents and visitors are invited to join the Mendocino Land Trust and partnering organizations for Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 17. Participants can choose from 17 sites where organizers will equip them with supplies, data cards and directions about how they can help with this statewide effort.

Visit mendocinolandtrust.org for details about each of the Mendocino County sites or visit coastalcleanupday.org to view an interactive map of sites all over California. 

In 2021, 287 Mendocino County volunteers removed 3,667 pounds of trash and recyclables from local creeks, rivers and beaches! We are looking forward to another successful cleanup this year – but it depends on the community showing up to help!

A volunteer removes maritime trash including fishing line

Coastal Cleanup Day is a statewide event organized by the California Coastal Commission. It has been held yearly since 1985. In 1993, California Coastal Cleanup Day was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest garbage collection” ever organized, with 50,405 volunteers, according to the Coastal Commission.

The Mendocino Land Trust has been the Mendocino County Coordinator of this important event since 2002. “The last few years have made time spent outdoors even more precious,” says Megan Smithyman, Mendocino Land Trust board member. “Maybe we can’t gather together like we used to, but we can all be outside, making sure we keep our beaches and rivers clean.”

Volunteers enduring drizzles as they clean Virgin Creek

DIY cleanups in neighborhoods are strongly encouraged, especially for those who want to help but prefer to avoid groups at this time. Trash and litter in neighborhoods and city streets has a high likelihood of making it into waterways and oceans if it is not removed. When it rains, trash is washed down storm drains that feed into creeks and rivers. As the water flows to the ocean, it can bring our trash with it. Inland trash removal is key to keeping our coasts and beaches clean and improving the health of all waterways. Those who do DIY cleanups are encouraged to document their efforts by downloading and using the CleanSwell App or submitting a data card, available at coastalcleanupday.org.

A “complaint” from participants at some beaches is that there is not enough trash to pick up. It is important to remember that even when few items of litter are found, documenting the scarcity of trash is an important and quantifiable measure of the community’s successes in curtailing litter year round.

A group of kids and parents celebrate their findings

In addition to the 17 groups seeking volunteers, three schools host their own beach cleanups in honor of Coastal Cleanup Day. Fort Bragg Middle School scours Pudding Creek Beach to remove litter big and small. Pacific Community Charter School (based in Point Arena) will take on Moat Creek Beach, the Stornetta Lands and more. Teacher Erin Brazill and Transition Learning Center (TLC) students from Fort Bragg Unified School District will be cleaning up the Westport beaches. 

Visit tinyurl.com/CoastalCleanMendo for all the details about Coastal Cleanup Day and use the form to request an email reminder about the event with info about each Mendocino County cleanup site. The Mendocino Land Trust would like to extend big thanks to MendoRecycle for providing a grant to help cover staff time spent coordinating this event and Redwood Waste Solutions for facilitating dumpster donation.


List of Mendocino County Cleanup Sites for Saturday, September 17, 2022 

Unless otherwise noted, no RSVP is needed – just show up the day of the event ready to help! Site captains will be able to provide supplies, but if you can bring a bucket, trash grabber or gloves this helps cut down on the amount of waste generated by the event. 

Busy on Saturday? Two other cleanups to choose from! 

Cleanup DateStart TimeLocationOrganizerSpecial Instructions
Sept 178:30 AMRussian River – Ukiah Valley, Meet at Low Gap park for orientation.Mendocino County Resource Conservation DistrictPlease preregister: tinyurl.com/UkiahCleanup
Sept 179:00AMSeaside BeachMendocino Land Trust
Sept 179:00AMTen Mile DunesMendocino Coast Audubon
Sept 179:00AMGlass BeachCity of Fort Bragg
Sept 179:00AMVirgin Creek BeachNorth Coast Brewing Company
Sept 179:00AMMacKerricher at Ward AvenueSurfRiders
Sept 179:30 AMNoyo Headlands ParkLatino Outdoors North Coast & Blue ZonesRSVP by emailing e.plascencia@latinooutdoors.org
Sept 179:00AMHare Creek BeachMendocino Land TrustEmail info@mendocinolandtrust.org for details about our plan for the day
Sept 179:00AMNoyo River – Boating CleanupLiquid Fusion KayakBYO boat / kayak or call in advance to arrange rental
Sept 179:00AMNoyo Harbor BeachNoyo Center for Marine Science
Sept 179:00AMCaspar BeachCoastal Mendocino Association of Realtors
Sept 1710:00 AMBig River BeachMendocino Area Parks Association
Sept 1910:00 AMVan Damme BeachLittle River Environmental Action Group
Sept 179:00AMCooks BeachRedwood Coast Land ConservancyVisit rclc.org to RSVP 
Sept 179:00AMPoint Arena CoveCity of Point Arena
Sept 179 amNavarro BeachGolden Brands
Sept 169 amMill BendRedwood Coast Land ConservancyVisit rclc.org to RSVP
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