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Coastal Cleanup Month 2023

Coastal Cleanup Day is this September 23, 2023, but we’re celebrating all month! From the Sierra to the seas, we can all get involved in improving the quality of our waterways. Use the Coastal Commission’s helpful map to find a cleanup in your area and sign up today! Details for each event are listed under each pin. Check out our partners below to find other ways you can get involved and support our efforts in reducing stormwater pollution.

Clean Up Events

Summer River Cats Games from August 2 to 6, 2023

The Caltrans Stormwater Program teamed up with the Sacramento River Cats to present outreach materials and general information at Sutter Health Park in Sacramento, CA. Over the course of the six-day homestand, our program engaged with thousands of attendees and distributed educational resources aimed at reducing source pollution on our highways and waterways. We also met a bunch of furry friends during their “Wet Nose Wednesday” promotion to remind attendees that picking up and properly disposing of pet waste can help keep bacteria from harming our precious waterways.

Caltrans Stormwater Day at Sacramento River Cats GameCaltrans Stormwater Day at Sacramento River Cats Game

Summer Clean-Up on July 23, 2023

The Caltrans Stormwater Program collaborated with the American River Parkway Foundation to host an On the Water Clean-Up event at Sailor Bark Park in Sacramento, CA. The cleanup event lasted from 8am to 12:30pm and hosted 11 participants who collected 300 pounds of trash.

On the Water Clean-Up event at Sailor Bark Park in Sacramento, CA -  July 23, 2023

California State Parks Foundation Cleanup Event on Tuesday, May 30, 2023

In collaboration with the California State Parks Foundation, the Caltrans Stormwater Campaign sponsored a park cleanup at the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. With the help of 17 volunteers, 70 pounds of trash and 3 bags of recycling were collected & properly disposed of.

California State Parks Foundation Cleanup Event on Tuesday, May 30

Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 15, 2023 in Sacramento

The Caltrans Stormwater Program collaborated with American River Parkway Foundation to host a Spring Clean-up event at in Sacramento, CA. The cleanup event had over 784 volunteers who collected 21,410 pounds of trash!

Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 15 in Sacramento

Coastal Cleanup Day Partner Events Throughout CA, September 1 – 30, 2022

During Coastal Cleanup Day (Month), our partners committed to hosting cleanup events all throughout California. The events took place near their local bodies of water whether that be creeks, rivers, lakes streams or Ocean. Below is a recap of our collective efforts to keep our highways and waterways clean.

San Diego River Park Foundation Clean Up Event on Saturday, September 24, 2022

The Caltrans Stormwater Program collaborated with San Diego River Park Foundation to host a cleanup event at Ocean Beach. This event had 25 volunteers who collected 2,100 pounds of trash.

San Diego River Park Foundation Clean Up Event on Saturday, September 24th

Cleanup Day Trash Castle Event – Huntington Beach September 17, 2022

The “Trash Castle” installation was a temporary art piece made out of reclaimed plastics and other discarded materials to represent the thousands of pounds of trash that accumulates on our state beaches and enters our waterways every year.

“Trash Castle” represents a removal of pollutants from our waterways and the beginning of how we can regenerate damaged ecosystems that are deeply present in disproportionately burdened communities. This illustrates how we can avoid “Tides of Trash,” where pollution overtakes our precious resources that are key to our vitality.

Richard and Judith LangTrash Castles - a visual representation of the breadth of common stormwater pollutants on California’s lakes, rivers, streams, and ocean.

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Richard and Judith Lang, a married collaborative team of artists, have made it their passion to collect and transform plastic debris from Kehoe Beach in Northern California into works of art for the past 23 years. Their collection efforts have resulted in over two tons of material being removed from the beach and several art pieces for the public to enjoy. Their goal is to show the essence of the material as it is, with minimal artistic manipulation. The end result is often a new awareness of how trash can be reinvented into something beautiful.

Their artwork has been featured in over 70 exhibitions in galleries and museums; educational and science centers including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artist Windows, the United Nations World Environment Day, the Cummings Gallery at Stanford University, and the University of San Francisco. Their work was recently exhibited at the California Academy of Sciences, Sausalito's Marine Mammal Center, The Oakland Museum, and Hong Kong's Ocean Film Festival. Since 1999, they have been close collaborators and have been featured in over 70 exhibitions in galleries and museums.

 

Coastal Keepers Clean Up Event on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Ormond Beach

The cleanup hosted by Coastal Keepers, sponsored by the Caltrans Stormwater Program, collected 1,000 pounds of trash thanks to the 60 volunteers who came out to help. At the event, Caltrans provided educational materials such as tire pressure gauges, pet waste bag dispensers, infographics and localized pollutant of concern guides to share clean water habits.

Santa Barbara 805 Coastal Keeper Clean Up Event on Saturday, September 17, 2022

The cleanup hosted by 805 Coastal Keepers, sponsored by the Caltrans Stormwater Program, collected 101 pounds of trash thanks to the volunteers who came out to help. At the event, staff distributed Let’s Change This to That pollutants of concern guides, tire pressure gauges, and pet waste bag dispensers.

Mile Steward River & Great American River Clean Up Event on Saturday, September 17 & Sunday, September 18, 2022

The Caltrans Stormwater Public Education Campaign sponsored a two-day cleanup event to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day from September 17 through September 18 at American River Parkway. The event had over 1,300 volunteers who collected 41,000 pounds of trash from local waterways.

Mile Steward River & Great American River Clean Up Event on Saturday, September 17th & Sunday, September 18th

Orange County Coastkeepers Coastal Clean Up Day on Saturday, September 17, 2022

The Caltrans Stormwater Public Education Campaign collaborated with Orange County Coastkeepers to host cleanup events throughout Southern California. The cleanup events included  2,747 volunteers who collected 11,966.14 pounds of trash.

Orange County Coastkeepers Coastal Clean Up Day on Saturday, September 17th

California State Parks Foundation Cleanup Event Tuesday September 6, 2022

In collaboration with the California State Parks Foundation, the Caltrans Stormwater Public Education Program sponsored a park cleanup at the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area. With the help of 10 volunteers, 12 bags of trash and 3 bags of recycling were collected & properly disposed of.

California State Parks Foundation Cleanup Event Tuesday September 6th

American River Parkway Clean Up Event on Saturday, August 20, 2022

The Caltrans Stormwater Public Education Campaign sponsored a cleanup event at the America River Parkway. A total of 500 pounds of trash was removed with the help of several volunteers.

American River Parkway Clean Up Event on Saturday, August 20th

Heal the Bay Clean Up Event on Saturday, August 20, 2022

Caltrans Stormwater partnered with Heal the Bay for the ‘Nothin’ but Sand Beach Cleanup at Venice Beach. With the help of 274 attendants, we were able to collect 133.5 pounds of trash.

Heal the Bay Clean Up Event on Saturday, August 20

Orange County Coastkeeper Clean Up Event on Saturday, August 13, 2022

The Caltrans Stormwater Program sponsored a cleanup event in partnership with the Orange County Coastkeeper at Huntington State Beach. Thank you to the volunteers who collected 500 pounds of trash.

Orange County Coastkeeper Clean Up Event on Saturday, August 13

American River Parkway Clean Up Event on Sunday, July 17, 2022

The Caltrans Stormwater Program sponsored a cleanup on July 17 at American River Parkway. Volunteers at the site collected 500 pounds of trash.

American River Parkway Clean Up Event on Sunday, July 17

Orange County Coastkeeper Clean Up Event on Saturday, July 16, 2022

Caltrans Stormwater partnered with the Orange County Coastkeeper to hold a cleanup event at San Clemente State Beach. Thank you to the volunteers who collected 130 pounds of trash.

Orange County Coastkeeper Clean Up Event on Saturday, July 16

Orange County Coastkeeper Clean Up Event on Saturday, July 9, 2022

Caltrans Stormwater partnered with the Orange County Coastkeeper to hold a cleanup event at Huntington State Beach. The volunteers collected 189 pounds of trash.

Orange County Coastkeeper Clean Up Event on Saturday, July 9

Folsom Lake State Beach Clean-up on July 5, 2022

After the Fourth of July holiday, 22 volunteers gathered at Folsom Lake State Beach to collect 30 bags of trash.

Sustainable Saturday: American River Parkway on June 11, 2022

Caltrans Stormwater partnered with the American River Parkway to collect over 200 pounds of trash with the help of 40 volunteers.

Sustainable Saturday: American River Parkway on June 11, 2022

American River Parkway on Saturday, May 21, 2022

The Caltrans Stormwater Program sponsored a cleanup on May 21 at American River Parkway. 29 volunteers attended picking up a total of 350 pounds of trash.

American River Parkway on Saturday, May 21

Huntington State Beach Clean Up Event on Saturday, May 14, 2022

The Caltrans Stormwater Program organized a cleanup event at Huntington State Beach. Over 400 volunteers attended, picking up 145 pounds of trash across the beach.

Huntington State Beach Clean Up Event on Saturday, May 14

 

American River Parkway Clean Up Event on Friday, April 22, 2022

Caltrans Stormwater partnered with the American River Parkway to collect over 2,000 pounds of trash with the help of over 60 volunteers. The most interesting items discovered included a sink and a loveseat from a vehicle.

American River Parkway Clean Up Event on Friday, April 22

 

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