California Coastal Clean Up

California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country. In 2010 (when this was taken), more than 80,300 volunteers worked together to collect more than 1,100,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches, lakes, and waterways. California Coastal Cleanup Day has been hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as "the largest garbage collection" (1993). Since the program started in 1985, over 800,000 Californians have removed more than 15 million pounds of debris from our state's shorelines and coast. 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. [source]

If you can, I encourage everyone to participate in efforts to clean up our oceans and other water ways. It's so much fun. Just see what I captured. Please be assured that I was picking up trash most of the time and only shooting when I need a little break :)

We signed up to clean Bayfront Park in neighboring city of Pinole. Not only is it the closest site on the list, it is also a favorite walking spot for us. It's also a wetland station. When the tide is low, you can walk a ways to the water and enjoy all the birds that are feeding.

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7 am signup

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While munching on the free breakfast, we check out this data list.

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Heed the warning.

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Me and my fat shadow!

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The wetlands is next to the train tracks.

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We begin. Hubs and I called shotgun on this patch of the wetlands.

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He asked why nobody was attempting to clean up that part of the wetland? He answered his own question, because it's muddy. Hubs got stuck in mud, I laughed out loud then took a photo.

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Plastic bag graveyard. It's horrible.

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Was on a break when I shot this.

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And also this.

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This one too.

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We were going back to the parking lot to dump our trash bags (yes plural) when I spotted these birds. I hoped they'd be able to catch something so I can photograph it.

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And one of them did - except that my little camera that could - could only zoom this much :(

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After washing up, we noted the boy scouts were ready for their lunch. I was told the boy scouts are here every single year. 2010 is the 26th year.

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The wonderful and valiant firemen of Pinole FD volunteered to make the burgers and hot dogs.

It was a well spent day under the sun picking up trash. The weirdest I've picked up - now don't gag - is a styrofoam container much like the one you get at take outs filled with crap. Who would do that? Well, this is a popular fishing spot as well. I can't understand why when a mile away is the oil refinery. The fish you catch here wouldn't be safe to eat anyway.
And oh we also collected a couple of pillow cases - white - like the ones in hotels.


  1. Whoa! What a purpose-driven effort! Saludos! I'm afraid we don't have them here yet and since it's winter still (fast approaching spring)...besides the only body of water near us is the Danube, if you remember there was a spill some months back :D though on the side of hungary yun.

    REally look up to your efforts and everyone else's! in case it comes up here I'll sign up ;)

  2. That is a very good initiative !
    Great you volunteered!

  3. Kudos to you and your hubby for volunteering to clean up the mess of other people. =)

  4. Yes, really a good initiative, and you describe it so well with this beautiful series of pictures!

  5. A fine series of picture on this worthwhile activity. I like the idea of a clean up and it makes a good opportunity for some pictures.

  6. this is a wonderful campaign. i was laughing when you took a photo of your hubby stuck in

    by the way, the floating brown stuff on my hanauma post is actually the bottom of the sea - coral reef.

  7. awww! it's so kind of you to volunteer! really inspiring! hoping to participate in a clean up here too! :) and as always great photos! :)

  8. Wonderful blog! We posted it on
    The California Coast on Facebook. Thank you for your cleanup efforts and documentation. It is because of people like you that we have begun to make a difference in the world of marine debris education.

  9. way to go - great for the environment ;)

  10. Wow, Maria. I am so impressed. I noticed that cigarette butts carry the brunt of the clean-up. Years ago I was told they are one of the things that is not biogradable. UGH. I'm sure if everyone did their part, we'd never need these volunteers...but till then, thank you!

  11. Wow, what a brilliant initiative. Great job!

  12. 80,000 volunteers?! that's massive.
    there are coastal cleanups here in Manila bay (though never pa ko umattend) hehe. last blog entry inspired by "life goes on after a breakup" haha! he's the ex-bf!

  13. Great initiative and great coverage. We had a similar event from north to south a while ago. The whole world needs a good cleaning!

  14. that's a good one. mukang hindi ganung madumi dyan as compared dito hehehe. I hope all of us will learn to clean our own surroundings or better yet keep our surroundings clean at wala ng magdumi.

  15. Very laudable effort! Never mind the 'fat shadow', you were really doing a great work for Mother Nature. I just hope those careless people who threw these things clean up their act.

  16. Great job! I should volunteer more.


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