SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the Department will take the lead to coordinate citywide efforts to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day in partnership with hundreds of volunteers and fellow government agencies and community groups including California Coastal Commission, California Department of Parks and Recreation, National Park Service, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Port of SF, Public Works, SF Public Utilities Commission, Surfrider Foundation, OceanHealth.org, San Francisco Baykeeper, Golden Gate Audubon Society, Literacy for Environmental Justice, and SF Rec and Park Greenagers.
“Last year, in San Francisco we had 1,770 volunteers removed 13,945 pounds of trash that were not recyclables and all debris,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Parks General Manager. “This year, we are proud to be leading the efforts of rallying our volunteers citywide, and we do hope we will have more people getting involved to steward our waterways and open space with the goal to not only clean up our public land but to also inspire others to care for our environment and keep it better than when we first visit.”
Saturday, September 16th is Coastal Cleanup Day. Running from 9:00AM to 12:00PM, all volunteers will be documenting all micro to macro litter that ends up being marine debris polluting our oceans and coast lines. They will collect trash and record it on a data card provided by the California Coastal Commission. At each site, volunteers who are coming from all over the Bay Area all have a common goal: to help reduce litter from polluting the environment and waterways. The efforts involved and data collected from the annual Coastal Cleanup Day have been constructive to pushing new measures, policies and programming that will further protect the California Coast and waterways.
“The Port has been a long-standing partner and supporter of Coastal Cleanup Day,” said Elaine Forbes Port Executive Director. “The Port is delivering a necklace of open spaces and parks along the waterfront that complement the City’s network and the highest priority for our parks is to cultivate neighbors who enjoy these places so they are vibrant, clean and safe for public use. We very much appreciate the volunteers who dedicate their time and service to cleaning up our waterfront parks: Heron’s Head Park, China Basin Park, Bayfront Park and Warm Water Cove.”
“Our coastland should be treasured and not trashed,” said San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru, whose department has organized hundreds of its Community Clean Team volunteers to participate in cleanup efforts around the northeastern waterfront neighborhoods on Saturday. “The annual Coastal Cleanup Day gives us an opportunity to join together to remove the blight of garbage along the waterfront and to help protect sea life from the dangers of litter.”
“The SF Bay and Pacific Ocean are some of our most important resources, and we are proud to partner with SF Recreation and Parks Department, other City agencies as well as community members on Coastal Cleanup Day,” said Harlan L. Kelly, Jr., General Manager of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. “This important cleanup effort helps protect public health and the environment while keeping our SF Bay and Pacific Ocean beautiful.”
The Department will oversee clean-up efforts on city park lands in Mission Bay and China Basin, as well as Indian Basin, Marina Green, and Golden Gate Park. The Department will also coordinate and manage efforts in areas under the jurisdictions of other government agencies including Pier 94, Heron’s Head Park, Sutro Heights Park, Ocean Beach, Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, and Executive Park.
According to Coastal Cleanup Day 2016 Recap Report, there were more than 59,000 people removed over 700,000 pounds of trash and recyclable material from California’s coast and inland waterways. The event had a record breaking of 922 confirmed clean-up sites across the state. Since it began in 1985, California Coastal Cleanup Day, for 32 years, a total of 1.4 million volunteers have removed more than 23 million pounds of debris from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways. With many ongoing advocacy efforts and educational initiatives, the annual California Coastal Cleanup Day has built a momentum which has and will continue to benefit the environment and support positive behavioral change in a large group of volunteers that will likely carry over into other parts of their daily lives.
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