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Trash Castles—a visual representation of the breadth of common stormwater pollutants on California’s lakes, rivers, streams, and ocean.

Coastal Cleanup Day Trash Castle Event – September 17, 2022

In partnership with California artists Richard and Judith Lang, Caltrans’ Stormwater Public Education Campaign is introducing “Trash Castles”—a visual representation of the breadth of common stormwater pollutants on California’s lakes, rivers, streams, and ocean. The public is invited to visit the installation, created in honor of Coastal Clean Up Month, at “Trash Free Jubilee” a Huntington Beach clean-up event led by California Coastal Commission and Orange County Coastkeepers. There, visitors can learn more about common stormwater pollutants and ways they can take action to keep California’s water clean.

All members of the community are encouraged to attend. See you soon!

September 17, 2022 9am - 2pm
22355 Pacific Coast Hwy - Tower 2
Huntington Beach - Brookhurst and PCH Entrance

Cleanup Day Trash Castle Event – September 17, 2022

The “Trash Castle” installation is 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 Lang

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.

Clean Up Events

Heal the Bay Clean Up Event on Saturday, August 20

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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