For more than thirty years citizens of all ages have joined together one day each year to clean the coast and waterways that are a big part of California’s landscape.
It is the state’s largest annual volunteer event – California Coastal Cleanup Day, and this year it takes place on Saturday, September 16, 2017 from 9:00 AM to Noon. Antioch has three sites where individuals, families, and groups can pitch-in and pick-up litter and other debris that ends up on our shoreline and in our creeks:
- the Antioch Marina
- Antioch Water Park
- Fulton Shipyard Road at the Red Caboose.
On Friday, September 15th volunteers will be cleaning the river shoreline from kayaks and canoes. Pre-registration is required if you want to reserve a kayak. The event will start at 8:30 AM and we will be launching from the new kayak launch inside the marina. Bring your own boat or rent a kayak from Delta Kayak Adventures for $10 per person. This boat based cleanup has limited space so anyone interested in helping with the kayak pre-cleanup is encouraged to contact Julie Haas-Wajdowicz at 779-7097.
The number one garbage item picked up every year is cigarettes and cigarette filters, followed by food wrappers, plastic bags, cups, and beverage containers. Coastal Cleanup Day is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a chance for Antioch residents to join people around the world in expressing their respect for our oceans and waterways. It’s an opportunity for our community to demonstrate its desire for clean water and healthy marine life. And it’s a moment to share with neighbors, family, and friends, coming together to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of our environment.
Antioch residents have participated in the Coastal Cleanup since the beginning, and every year they contribute to the preservation of more than 2,000 miles of coastal and inland shoreline. Volunteers can register in advance at www.ci.antioch.ca.us/Environment/Coastal-Cleanup-Day/ or just drop in at one of the sites and complete your registration on the day of the event. It’s that easy!
For more information please contact Diane@Art4Antioch, (925) 779-7018 or visit Art4Antioch.org.