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Coastal Cleanup Day is 9/25/2010!

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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!

Creek Cleanup-Get Dirty for Good

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Are you tired of driving by the creeks around San Jose only to see them clogged with debris of all sorts? Here’s your chance to do something about it!

This year is the 25th Anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day, one of the largest events of it’s kind of the year. Just because we aren’t actually on the coast doesn’t mean we can’t chip in and clean up our waterways (which eventually lead to the ocean) now does it?

Last year, just in Santa Clara County alone, 1,331 volunteers removed 95,656 pounds (47.8 tons) of debris and 16,327 pounds (8.2 tons) of recyclables from 26 locations throughout the county.

So get on over to CleanaCreek.org and find out the details on one of the 35 locations targeted for clean-up. 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.

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