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2016 Watershed to Beach Cleanup Schedule

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2016 Watershed to Beach Cleanup Schedule

WHAT IS COASTAL CLEANUP DAY? 

Every year, on the third Saturday in September, people join together at sites all over California to take part in the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the  Ocean Conservancy. Taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.

WHY CLEANUPS? 

California’s coast and waterways have historically been collecting spots for annual accumulations of trash and debris. This debris, if not removed, can be harmful and even fatal to all manners of marine wildlife, can damage our state’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard. Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way for families, students, service groups, and neighbors to learn about the impacts of marine debris and how we can prevent them.

This is the first year in which the Coastal clean up and the river clean up happens on the same day...from Ukiah to Jenner.

2016 COASTAL BEACH
~ 9am - Noon

Sonoma County residents may register online for a coastal cleanup site at www.coastwalk.org.  Jo McCormick is the Sonoma County Coordinator at Coastwalk California and can be reached at (707) 829-6689, or by email at jo@coastwalk.org. 

Sept. 17~ International Coastal ~ 9am to Noon 

Blind Beach

Bodega Dunes ~ Drop in Only

Bodega Head  ~ Register Now!

Doran Beach ~ (Kid-Friendly)

Goat Beach and Blind Beach
N Jenner Beach

Pinnacle Gulch ~ (1.2 mile hike to the beach)

Portuguese Beach

N. Salmon Creek Beach

S. Salmon Creek Beach (Kid Friendly!)

Shell Beach

Wright’s Beach

Sep 3 ~ South Salmon Creek Beach
~ 10am to 2pm

Contact Keary Sorinson @ 415-806--8764.  It is best if you call Keary in advance for planning purposes, but if you can’t call; you’ll find them in the parking lot, next to the bathrooms. Bring gloves, and they will supply all other tools. This cleanup happens every 1st Saturday of the month but as we head into potential winter rains is especially important right now.

Sept. 5 ~ North Salmon Creek Beach
~ 11am - 2pm

     Look for the Surfrider canopy in the North Salmon Creek Parking lot. Salmon Creek beach is a NO DOG beach due to snowy plover habitat. Please bring a bucket if you can, some work gloves, and dress appropriately closed toe shoes and a windbreaker always a smart choice.  Remember your reusable water bottle.  We supply latex gloves, pick-up sticks, buckets, and stoke! SC Surfrider sponsors cleanups on all major holidays such as Memorial Day and July 4th as these are usually heavy impact days at the Coast.  

Sept. 17 ~ Coast Walk Beach 
~ 9am- Noon  

Please register at coastwalk.org or call 707-829-6689 to sign up and learn more about cleanup locations and the volunteer BBQ.  All volunteers must have a signed waiver. Volunteers under 18 must have a parent or guardian’s signature. If you are not able to bring a signed waiver, site captains will have them available at each site.

Come to the cleanup prepared for coastal weather (hat, shoes, sunscreen, water bottle) and bring buckets and gloves if you have them. Please bring your reusable water bottle to minimize waste! (Optional) A clipboard might be helpful as you fill out your data card. (Optional) Pack a waste-free lunch! Coastal Cleanup Day ends at noon at most locations, which makes for a great opportunity to have lunch at the beach or creek! 

 

LAGUNA de SANTA ROSA

Sept. 17 ~ Laguna Wetlands Amphitheater 
~ 9am – Noon

    Located next to Sebastopol Community Center, 390 Morris St. It’s time to pull on gloves and grab a bucket to pick up trash along the Laguna! Help us cleanup the Laguna Wetlands Preserve. No RSVP is required, unless you are bringing a group of 4 or more people. Please bring your own water bottle, gloves and a bucket. Extra gloves and buckets will be available. Abundant and hearty snacks provided. Event is suitable for all ages, minors must be accompanied by an adult. Laguna Foundation Staff and Guides will also provide a dynamic and engaging educational component that will help volunteers learn more about the Laguna de Santa Rosa watershed, including the impacts of invasive species, the importance of native plants, and the natural and cultural history of the area. For more information, see www.lagunafoundation.org or contact Wendy Trowbridge, Director of Restoration and Conservation Science. 707- 527-9277x108, wendy@lagunafoundation.org

 Sept. 24 ~ The Sebastopol Rotary Club 

~ Start at 9am

    Meet at the Laguna Foundation’s headquarters at 900 Sanford Rd. Five Rotary Clubs (Sebastopol, Sebastopol Sunrise, Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa West, and Santa Rosa Sunrise) are sponsoring a clean up day at the Laguna de Santa Rosa. 

“The Laguna de Santa Rosa is an incredible natural resource,” said Ellen Harrington, who is leading the effort for Sebastopol Rotary.  “It is a great place to walk, watch birds, and learn about our environment, as well as continuing to be an extraordinary resource for our groundwater supply.  We need to pitch in to care for it.”

The Rotary clubs are targeting various projects including sanding and painting the bird observation deck, path maintenance, and caring for the native plant landscape.

 Contact:  Harold Kwalwasser – 202-262-2139; hkwalwasser@aol.com; Ellen Harrington: 707-579-5730; classical_home@msn.com

RUSSIAN RIVER WATERSHED

Sept. 17 ~ The  29th Annual Russian River Watershed Clean-up
~ 9am – 1pm

The mission of the Watershed Cleanup is to prevent trash from harming wildlife and/or degrading water quality throughout the Russian River Watershed and our Ocean, thereby improving and securing the beneficial uses of our waters. We accomplish this by organizing and coordinating volunteers whom remove trash in the Russian River, in our creeks, along Russian River beaches, walking trails, and any place trash accumulates in order to eradicate it before it makes its way to our Ocean. We have opportunities from Ukiah to Jenner. This is an event where friends, families, neighbors, businesses, schools and entire communities give 3 or more hours of their time and give back to a River that provides everything from drinking water to recreational activities.

For more information and to get signed up: Visit www.russianrivercleanup.org

There will be several main meeting places throughout the watershed including Guerneville, Forestville, Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Hopland, and Ukiah. It is at these meeting places where you will sign in and pick up supplies.

8:00 – Leaders arrive to help set up.

8:15 – Leader meeting

8:30 – Participants start to arrive/Leaders start to sign in participants

9:00 – Team Leaders meet with their groups; safety and logistics orientation.          

9:15 – All volunteers have departed for their assigned beaches or canoe routes.

1:00 - 3:00* All team leaders have checked in, all supplies and volunteers are accounted for.

1:00 - ? Trash is now collected from all routes by the trash removal crews, brought to the main trash collection sites and sorted. Trash is hauled off to the county landfill where tonnages are recorded. 

*Due to unpredictable amounts of trash and tires on the river, some canoe routes can run 5 to 6 hours

Contact Bob Legge for more information. RRWCU, Project Manager bob@russianriverkeeper.org

PETALUMA RIVER 

Sept. 17 ~ 5th Annual Petaluma Watershed
~9:00am – 1:00pm    

Join us for a fun morning of River stewardship and community building to help protect the Petaluma River and its sensitive ecosystems. Cleanup activities will be followed by a BBQ, live music, and a raffle full of exciting prizes.

Friends will have snacks and supplies in the parking lot for Steamer Landing Park on the corner of D and Copeland. We will direct volunteers to one of several pre-scouted locations in the Watershed. After a safety talk you will head to your location. When you return we will weigh your trash and track totals from each location as we enjoy some live music and good food.

Sign up today to help us protect and conserve the Petaluma Watershed!

For more information call (707) 763-7756 or email: stephanie@friendsofthepetalumariver.org

 Info found at: http://friendsofthepetalumariver.org/project/conserve/

 

SANTA ROSA CREEK

Sept. 17~ Santa Rosa Creek  / Creek Week  ~ 9am – Noon 

Meet at Olive Park footbridge. Near 105 Olive St. On street parking. Ages 5 and up.  Contact Alistair Bleifuss at: 707-543-3845 or creeks@srcity.org. Keep the beaches clean! Join the 32nd Annual Sonoma County Creek and Coast Clean Up. Santa Rosa's 100 miles of creeks flow to the Russian River and then out to the Pacific Ocean. Up to 80 % of ocean debris originates from land-based sources. Gloves, tools, and snacks provided. Our creeks and rivers are part of a rich and diverse system that provides water supply, wildlife habitat, flood capacity, recreation, and aesthetic values to all who live near or visit them.

Sept. 17~ Orr Creek, Ukiah
~start at 9 am   

Participants need to bring water, gloves and wear sturdy shoes.  Joe Scriven is site captain. Joe is a fisheries biologist for Mendocino County Resource Conservation District and he will be volunteering his time and leading this important activity. Contact joe.scriven@mcrcd.org for more information about where to meet.

Oct 1 ~ Sierra Park Creek Clean Up
~ 9am - 11pm

Location: Strawberry School, 2311 Horseshoe Dr. Continue the care of this little creek with Strawberry School, scouts, and neighbors (ages 6 to adult) for Bennett Valley clean-up day. Call Bennett Valley Vision  (707) 545-2224. Go to www.bennettvalleyvision.blogspot.com; email:creeks@srcity.org

Oct. 15 ~ Colgan Creek Volunteer Day ~ ~9am to Noon

Meet at Elsie Allen High School parking lot, 599 Bellevue Ave. Contact Alistair Bleifuss at 707-543-3845 or creeks@srcity.org. Help the community cleanup and nurture the restored Colgan Creek. Learn about the many native California plants that grow along creeks and help them establish a foothold in their first year. Tools and refreshments provided. (ages 8 to adult)

 

Beach Cleanup - debris caught in Driftwood

ONGOING  CLEAN UPS

Prince Memorial Greenway
~11am - Noon

Meet at Olive Park on the first Saturday of every month & help take care of restored Santa Rosa Creek flowing through the heart of downtown. The Greenway provides a home for river otter, kingfishers, egrets, and steelhead trout as well as parks, public art, and recreation along the six mile creek trail. Clean-up supplies provided. (ages 5 to adult)
www.firstsaturdaycleanup.org.

Park-A-Month Volunteer Program
~ 9:00 am - Noon, rain or shine.

2nd Saturday of the month from March to October. Discover a new park every month. The Park-A-Month Volunteer Program offers fun, family-friendly events where residents can make a difference in their parks. www.srcity.org/parkamonth 

Laguna Stewards  Saturdays
~ 9am - Noon

Sept. – May. Willow sprigging, exotic plant removal, native plant and tree planting, trails construction and maintenance, and restoration project monitoring. Little or no experience or knowledge is needed, training is provided. Only heavy rain cancels. Snacks are on us, but bring gloves & water. For locations & information: Brent Reed, Restoration Projects Manager (707) 527-9277 x.101  brent@lagunafoundation.org  lagunafoundation.org  

Guerneville, Monday
~ 4 pm till 6 pm

Help clean up Riverkeeper Park, The Footbridge and Downtown Guerneville, Gloves, Pickers and Brooms will be there. For more info or to talk trash call Chris at 707-322-8304. chris@cleanriveralliance.com

Adopt-A-Beach®

The Coastal Commission runs a year-round cleanup program called Adopt-A-Beach®. Help us keep the California coast debris-free all year long.

http://www.sonomacountygazette.com/cms/pages/aab1.html

SCHOOL YARD CLEAN UP

Want your students to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day but can’t get them out on a field trip to a beach or local waterway? Want to show them that environmentally responsible behavior can begin at their school and in their own neighborhood? You can organize a Schoolyard Cleanup and accomplish all of these goals. www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/schoolyard/

EXTRA INFO 
Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs) are the state’s only grassroots conservation delivery system that identifies local conservation problems and guides solutions on a voluntary basis. From the dust bowl crisis to addressing climate change today, the RCD is your on the ground resource.

There are 96 RCDs throughout California - each covering a different geographic territory. The Sonoma RCD covers 919,000 acres, or over 85% of Sonoma County, and includes the Russian River, Petaluma River, Sonoma Creek, Stemple Creek, and Gualala River Watersheds. See the maps of our district.

In a wonderful illustration of our mission, “A State of Harmony depicts the shared land ethic behind the important protection and stewardship work being done by RCDs and Land Trusts in California. Check it out!

READER SUGGESTION

Take a walk, bring a bag and gloves or pick-up tool. Every tie you see trash, pick it up and take it with you. Parking lots are especially messy, so when you park at a beach or recreation area parking lot, bring out your bag and spend 10 minutes cleaning up. Taking the kids to a playground? While they are on the swings, pick up trash. Keep a small rake in your car, a dust pan and broom.