Coastal Cleanup Day 2013 - Coming September 21!

August, 2013

Greetings Fellow Lovers of the North Coast!

Although there have been many amazing beach cleanups and tsunami debris monitoring events so far in 2013, they may not be able to compare with the sheer scope and size of the upcoming Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 21 from 9am-noon.   This event will mark the 29th year for the statewide day of action sponsored by the California Coastal Commission, and the 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup organized by the Ocean Conservancy.  For Humboldt County beach cleaner-uppers, this will be our 37th year! 
This year’s Coastal Cleanup Day promises to be even farther reaching than the last.  We have maintained our networks, the supplies are ordered, and we are almost ready to hit the beaches.  We could, however, use a bit more help before we venture out:

1)    We are looking for more site captains so we can cover even more sites than last year.  The site captain’s tasks are pretty simple.  They are the main points of contact for the cleanup teams at each site.  Each site captain is responsible for working with the NEC’s Cleanup Coordinator, recruiting teammates, gathering supplies, overseeing the successful cleanup of their site and reporting cleanup data back to the NEC. Check the NEC’s website at for a list of available beaches. 

2) If you’d like to join in the cleanup but do not necessarily want to be a site captain, you can join a team at a site of your choice.  In addition to the many land-based cleanups that are planned, this year we do have one special opportunity for folks wanting to take part in an on-the-water cleanup. Although space is limited, the Aquatic Center is generously offering their leadership and some of their kayaks to put together a roving flotilla to clean sites inaccessible on foot. For more info on this or other opportunities, get in touch by calling the NEC office or emailing

3)   We are also seeking more sponsors for this year’s Coastal Cleanup.  This is a great way to both support local cleanup efforts and get your business’ or organization’s name out in the community.  We will have posters throughout the county, and banners in Arcata and Eureka.  To find out more, contact

4)   Help spread the word about this event! Whether you plan to hit the beaches or otherwise lend your support, you can make a big difference by passing this on to colleagues, friends, family, school teachers, and civic minded groups.  The more hands we have on deck, the more impact we can make!

5)   And last but not least—Stand together to put a stop to trash! If a product can’t be reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, redesigned, or removed from production. 

After the cleanup all are welcome stop by the NEC’s booth at the North Country Fair.  Join us Sunday the 22nd for the All Species Parade! Whether on the beach, on the plaza, or in the parade, we look forward to seeing everybody out and about on the weekend of September 21st and 22nd!

For a list of locations, and more cleanup photos, please visit our website:


Wanna talk trash and learn about tsunamis? 
Come on out to the Humboldt County Fair from August 14-25 and learn about trash and the ways we can all pitch in for a trash-free planet. The Northcoast Environmental Center is a proud co-sponsor of this year’s “Talking Trash” display at the Humboldt County Fairgrounds in Ferndale. Learn more from our friends next door at the Earthquake and Tsunami Room - sponsored by the Redwood Coast Tsunami Work Group.



In related beach news, the NEC won Staff Pick at this year’s
Friends of the Dunes Sand Sculpture Festival!

On June 29, the NEC again participated in Friends of the Dunes’ Annual Sand Sculpture Festival, this time winning the Staff Pick Award! Our sculpture was titled “Like a Sturgeon (on the beach for the very first time)”—clever, no? As always, we had a great time digging in the sand. Thanks to Friends of the Dunes and everyone who participated!

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