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 17, 2016 from 9:00am 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.
The Antioch Water Park site is well-suited for children and families, as participants take out litter from the channels that drain to the river.
On Friday, September 16th volunteers will be cleaning the river shoreline from kayaks and canoes. Bring your own boat or rent a kayak 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 Californians to join people around the world in expressing their respect for our oceans and waterways. It’s an opportunity for the 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 Clean Up 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 the Clean Up website http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/cleanup 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 the Recreation Department at 776-3050 or visit the City’s website www.ci.antioch.ca.us