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NEWS ADVISORY

Date: Aug. 22, 2007

Subject: California Coastal Cleanup Day 2007

When: 9 a.m. to noon, Sept. 15, 2007

Where: Lodi Lake Park Discovery Center, 1101 W. Turner Road, Lodi

Contact: Kathy Grant, City of Lodi Watershed Education Coordinator, (209) 339-8722; or Frank Beeler, Water/Wastewater Superintendent, at (209) 333-6800, ext. 2443.

Team leaders and volunteers sought for Lodi Lake Park cleanup

LODI – Keeping garbage from flowing down the Mokelumne River and into the ocean is the focus of the California Coastal Cleanup Day at Lodi Lake Park on Sept. 15.

For the fifth year, representatives from the City of Lodi and San Joaquin County are working together on the cleanup effort. Volunteers in last year’s event collected 1,333 pounds of garbage from and around Lodi Lake.

Volunteers and crew leaders are need for this year’s cleanup. Interested leaders and sponsors should contact Kathy Grant, Lodi’s Watershed Education Coordinator, at (209) 339-8722. Leaders direct 10- to 12-person teams in a section of the park. Garbage is sorted and tallied, with a list submitted to The Ocean Conservancy’s international database to help researchers identify the sources of marine pollution.

Youth group leaders and teachers can find more information and classroom curriculum at http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/ccd.html.

There is also a statewide contest for the “most unusual item found.” A Lodi student was a statewide winner several years ago for finding an unscratched lottery ticket. His contest award was $100.

All volunteers must sign release liability forms. Parental permission forms must be turned in for volunteers under age 18. Download the form here, or obtain one at the Lodi Public Library. Forms also will be available at the park the day of the cleanup. Workers are advised to dress appropriately with closed-toe shoes, gloves, hats and sun-block. The City of Lodi and its sponsors will provide gloves, bags, grapplers, and refreshments.

California Coastal Cleanup Day is the nation’s premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment. Each year, more than 40,000 volunteers turn out to more than 400 cleanup sites statewide to conduct what has been hailed by the Guinness Book of Records as "the largest garbage collection.” Since the program started in 1985, over 750,000 Californians have removed almost 12 million pounds of debris from our state's shorelines and coast. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by The Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events of the year.

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