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Morro Bay, CA Sandspit Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD), Saturday, September 17, 2011

Morro Bay CA Sandspit Coastal Cleanup Day 17Sept2011 - A dozen buckets of trash were collected by the approximately 15 volunteers. - The trash bins were overflowing with human-generated garbage. -


33 Photos documenting this event. Here is the call to volunteer: Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD), Saturday, September 17, 2011. Following are the details for the sandspit crews. Please meet at the north t-pier, by the Harbor Dept..and Coast Guard offices (approximately 1275 Embarcadero) at 8:30. Annie and Anna (from Morro Bay National Estuary Program, NEP), site captains, will go over a few details about the site, handle waivers and everyone will board boats by 9 a.m.

As you hopefully know by now, there are no facilities on the sand spit. We'll be walking a loop of approximately one mile, in soft sand. You'll want to bring water, sunscreen and/or hat, and wear shoes that are comfortable in soft sand (that can get wet - you may get a bit wet getting on and off the boats), as well as gloves if you have them. Please be prepared to carry anything you bring as we will not necessarily be departing from the drop-off location. Additionally, please remember that we do our best to get volunteers back to their vehicles by noon, but we are subject to Harbor Dept. schedule. Should there be an emergency, we could be delayed.

Again, this year CCD is making efforts not to create additional waste while cleaning beaches and creeks. We have some buckets for transporting debris. If you'd wish to bring your own reusable container as well, you are welcome to do so. As I already mentioned, please bring gloves if you have them. We will have disposable gloves if you need them.

Should you find you cannot make it or need to contact someone on Saturday, please call Annie at (805)540-0861. Please be sure to notify Annie if you cannot make it so the crews aren't waiting for you. Thank you all for your participation! Shari Sullivan, Education & Outreach Coordinator, 601 Embarcadero, Ste 11, Morro Bay, CA 93442, 805.772.3834 x13

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Final report stats:

Some brief totals on what we picked up:

76 plastic bags

15 balloons

54 plastic beverage bottles

70 caps/lids

30 items of clothing

87 food wrappers and containers

47 pieces of rope

30 pieces of shotgun wadding

(among many other interesting things!!)


We’ve put up a photo album on our organization’s Facebook page- the link is below (should not require you to have a Fb account).


Mike Baird’s photos can be seen from this link:


Thanks again for all your help,


Annie Gillespie

Monitoring Projects Manager

Morro Bay National Estuary Program

(805)772-3834 ext. 15 desk

(805)540-0861 cell

(805)772-4162 fax

annieg [at} mbnep d o t org

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Taken on September 17, 2011