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Volunteers Needed To Help Keep Beaches Clean By Removing Trash From Creeks And Rivers

OC Cities and Community Groups Prepare for Inner Coastal and Watershed Cleanup Day 2012

ORANGE, CA-- Each year cities and civic groups don gloves and scour Orange County's beaches and inner coastal waterways to rid them of trash that would otherwise end up in the Pacific Ocean. This year's Cleanup Day is on September 15th, from 9 a.m. to noon, and promises to be one of the largest volunteer events of the year. Coastal Cleanup Day is a national and international event, but over the last decade there has been growing recognition of the need to keep the inner coastal waterways trash-free, since all these waterways eventually reach the ocean.

"Volunteers collect all sorts of trash, debris, and recyclable materials that would otherwise contribute to the pollution of our environment and oceans," said Jennifer Shook, Environmental Resource Specialist for the Orange County Stormwater Program and Inner Coastal and Watershed site captain. "In prior years, volunteers have found and removed thousands of pounds of trash and debris, including anything from cigarette butts to a kitchen sink."

This year, volunteers are needed to help clean up the following sites:

Narco Channel: The meeting location is adjacent to Laguna Niguel Regional Park. Event is co-hosted by Trails4All, Orange County Public Works, Orange County Flood Control District and OC Parks. Please contact Beatrice Musacchia at phone icon 714-955-0612 or via email at email icon Beatrice.musacchia@ocpw.ocgov.com

Bartlett Basin: The meeting location is at the NE corner of Adams Ave. & Beach Blvd., Huntington Beach. This site is co-hosted/sponsored by Trails4All, OC Public Works, Orange County Flood Control District, City of HB, Earth Resource Foundation and the Orange County Stormwater Program. PLEASE CONFIRM YOUR ATTENDANCE WITH THE SITE TEAM CAPTAIN: Grant Sharp: Phone: phone icon (714) (714) 955-0674 email icon Email: grant.sharp@ocpw.ocgov.com

Lower Santa Ana River: This meeting site is at Bard Park located at 10299 Cynthia Drive, south of Adams Avenue, in Huntington Beach. This site is co-hosted/sponsored by Trails4All, OC Public Works, Orange County Flood Control District, Surfrider Foundation and the Orange County Stormwater Program. Participants should CONFIRM ATTENDANCE WITH SITE TEAM CAPTAIN: Kim Buss Phone: phone icon (714) 955-0675 email icon Email: kimberly.buss@ocpw.ocgov.com

For more information on Cleanup Day and the Orange County Stormwater Program, visit http://www.ocwatersheds.com/publiced/

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