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Sept. 8, 2010
Contact: Kathy Grant, watershed education coordinator, (209) 327-2063

Calif. Coastal Cleanup Day Sept. 25 at Lodi Lake Park

What: Eighth annual California Coastal Cleanup Day at Lodi Lake and Mokelumne River
9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 25

cleanupFor the eighth year, and in cooperation with San Joaquin County Public Works, the City of Lodi will host a local Coastal Commission Clean-Up at Lodi Lake Park. The cleanup will last from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 25.

California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country.  Each year, more than 40,000 volunteers turn out to over 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.  In 2009, 328 local volunteers collected 1,500 pounds from Lodi Lake Park and the Mokelumne River.

It works like this: The lake and park area is divided into sections, or “reaches,” with a 10- to 12-person team designated to clean each reach.  Once the reach is cleaned of trash, the team then sorts and records all debris found.  Data is then submitted to The Ocean Conservancy’s international database.  This data is used to identify the sources of marine pollution and helps in their work towards devising solutions to the marine debris problem.  There is also a statewide contest for the “most unusual item found."  Lodi has been a statewide winner twice in seven years with students finding an unscratched California lottery ticket and a crawdad in a Gucci purse. 

Interested sponsors and leaders should email kgrant@lodi.gov or call 327-2063 for more information. A leader’s meeting will be held in the second week of September.

All volunteers must sign a Waiver of Liability Form. For volunteers under the age of 18, the Waiver of Liability Form must also be signed by a parent/guardian and must be turned in on that day. No work may be performed without these forms signed by a parent/guardian.   Waiver of Liability Release Forms are available here in English and in Spanish.

Dress for work: Volunteers are encouraged to wear work clothes, closed-toe shoes and gloves. Hats and sun-block are also advised.

The City of Lodi, San Joaquin County and its sponsors will provide gloves, bags, grapplers, and refreshments. 

Pre-registration is required for groups. Individual registration begins at 8 a.m. Cleanup begins at 9 a.m.

Need educational materials? For more information or classroom curriculum, see coast4u@coastal.ca.gov.  Get waivers signed before the event.

Want to help sponsor the event? Call Kathy Grant, City of Lodi Watershed Education Coordinator, (209) 327-2063, or email kgrant@lodi.gov.

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