California Coastal Commission Cleanup Day
September 19, 2015
The California Coastal Commission cleanup event started many years ago as a beach cleanup. The event over the years has grown to include all the watersheds and water ways in California. Thousands of volunteers gather on the third Saturday of September every year to pick up tons of trash and debris left behind by users of our beaches, lakes, rivers and streams. If you’re local club is not currently helping out with this event I would hope that it would be something you might consider starting up. As fly fishermen and users of the outdoors we should take a little time and join in a keep it clean.
My local Fly Fishing Club, Gold Country Fly Fishers, has partnered for the last 15 years with another local Conservation group and together we have some 450 people out cleaning up
watershed and we pick up tons of trash in one day. There are many local community groups already in place for you to contact and help them out or expand their area. The events run very smoothly, sites and site leaders are all set up in advance and areas are mapped out, so if you’re in an area with an established group help them out. If you area does not have a group to join have your club start its own and clean up a local water way in your area.
Listed below is the California Coastal Commission Cleanup web site that has a lot of good information on contacts and how to get involved.
“DON’T THROW IT”
This is a local project, use an empty tennis ball container to stow your used line and tippet material until you can dispose of it or recycle at a collection center.
Frank Rinella, VP of Education