Coastal Cleanup Day is 9/25/2010!


Last years about this time, I wrote a post recommending that everybody take part in Coastal Cleanup and now it’s rolled around again. From 9:00AM to 5:00PM on Saturday (9/25), people will get down to creeks and waterways around the bay area and clean up the mess! Not sure where to go? Here’s a list of the sites that are being cleaned up today and the condition of the location. You can make a difference, so pick a spot and get down there!

But first, you’ll need to be prepared.

Bring your own gloves, sturdy shoes, sunscreen, a hat and some water (in a recycled bottle please!) and pitch in. You’ll also need to download and sign a waiver to participate, and it’s a good idea to visit the volunteer page for instructions.

In addition, look carefully at the site you’re going to be visiting. We took our 9 year old son with us last year and worked on the Guadalupe Creek cleanup crew. We thought it would be a good way to re-enforce our lessons in taking care of the earth and it was, just not exactly as we planned.

See the Guadalupe has a lot of homeless camps along it’s banks and running into the debris left behind as well as cache’s of the residents’ belongings created a whole new lesson in humanity. Encountering needles and the filth in some of the places we found was actually hazardous. I’m not one to shirk away from doing what needs to be done, but think about what your kids can ruin into down there and prepare them to not disturb someone’s camp, pick up needles etc.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t take kids to cleanup at all. What I AM saying is be prepared and keep an eye on your kids. Pick a site and go cleanup our waterways!

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