Press Release                        

To:          The Lodi News Sentinel and the Record.     

From:     Assistant Water/Wastewater Superintendent Frank Beeler; and
Watershed Education Coordinator Kathy Grant

Date:      8/29/2005

Re:         PRESS RELEASE - The 2005 California Coastal Cleanup at Lodi Lake and           Mokelumne River, including Woodbridge Regional Park. 
                                 Seeking Team Leaders and Volunteers.

Our Third Year!

Coastal Cleanup Day on the Mokelumne River

Some of the 2004 Volunteers pictured below.

Saturday September 17, 2005

9:00 A.M. - Noon

At Lodi Lake Park, Discovery Center, Lodi, and

Woodbridge Regional Park, Woodbridge




Background- “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" (1993).  Since the program started in 1985, over 552,000 Californians have removed almost 8.5 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.”


Local Effort -  For the third year, in cooperation with of SJC Public Works - Stormwater Division, the City of Lodi - Public Works, will host a local Coastal Commission Clean-up at Lodi Lake Park and Woodbridge Regional Park


In 2004, garbage from the park areas was collected by teams of volunteers.  Each team sorted and kept a record of all debris found.  Their findings were 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.  For the second year, a statewide contest will be held for “The Most Unusual Item Found”.  One of Lodi’s volunteers won the $100 cash prize last year for his find of an unscratched winning CA lottery ticket.


When/Where- Proposed for Saturday, September 17, 2005, is a 9:00 a.m. start time at the Lodi Lake Discovery Center.  Teams will disperse to local areas around Lodi Lake, in the Nature Areas and along the Mokelumne River, including Woodbridge Regional Park.  Cleanup and record keeping will extend until noon.


Who - Members of the public who wish to volunteer to work on Saturday, September 17, 2005, should wear their work clothes, gloves and arrive by 9 am, to the Lodi Lake Park Discovery Center at Lodi Lake Park, Lodi.  Team leaders and volunteers are being sought to help in the local effort to clean along our waterways.  Interested Leaders should make contact with the Watershed Coordinator by September 09, 2005, for more information.  All participants who work on Saturday will receive a free Coastal Cleanup tee-shirt.  For volunteers under the age of 18, Parental Release Permission forms must be signed that day or ahead of time.  Contact information is below. 


Teachers/Scout leaders - For more information or classroom curriculum, see  Then come join the local effort on Saturday, September 17, from 9 a.m. to Noon at Lodi Lake for the 21st California Coastal Cleanup Day.


Sponsors - California Waste Recovery Systems is donating a 20-cubic dumpster to the Woodbridge Regional Park site.


Contact - For questions and Parental Release Forms contact Kathy Grant, City of Lodi Watershed Education Coordinator, (209) 339-8722, or



CC:    City Manager Blair King; City Clerk Susan Blackstone; Parks and Recreation Director Tony Goehring;    Parks Superintendent Steve Dutra; Public Works Director Richard C. Prima, Jr.;
         Street Superintendent George Bradley; Lodi Lake Nature Area Docent Council President
         Virginia Moore; Secretary Mary Fuhs.