Billed as the largest single-day volunteer event in San Diego, the 28th annual Coastal Cleanup Day is Saturday, Sept. 15. Around 8,000 volunteers are expected to come out to 85 sites across the county to perform cleanups and other beautification projects at local creeks, bays, parks and beaches, including a site at Lake Poway. Organizers of I Love a Clean San Diego remind us that while the event is called “Coastal” Cleanup Day, 80 percent of the sites are in inland areas where the majority of marine debris originates.
Last year, volunteers picked up 150,000 pounds of debris from across San Diego County, and an additional 2,000 volunteers gave support south of the border along the internationally shared Tijuana River Watershed. Along with trash removal, other activities include storm drain stenciling, invasive plant removal, native planting and graffiti removal. Volunteers of all ages are needed from 9 a.m. to noon. You are encouraged to gather your own re-usable cleanup supplies like reusable water bottles, gardening gloves and buckets to collect trash.