Volunteers were spread across three different zones instead of two due to the larger number of volunteers. There were 50 stewards present on the river and we anticipate even more as 2015 approaches. This presents a new opportunity to expand the scope and reach of Colusa's Clean-up.
Statewide, California collected 732,893 lbs. of debris and had 57,811 volunteers. Just here in Colusa, 230 cigarette butts were discovered along with 140 plastic bags! Part of the effort involves tracking/recording debris collected on a data card. Therefore, every single volunteer in Colusa documented their information and generally worked in teams of three. As the effort comes to a close, every county in California collects data cards and compiles it for their site. Then the county coordinator sends all this data to the California Coastal Commission by 2PM on clean-up day. Shortly after, the California Coastal Commission compiles the numbers and sends it to the Ocean Conservancy. The Ocean Conservancy is an international organization that compiles data worldwide. You may not have known, but coastal clean-up day is one of the LARGEST volunteer events in the world and Colusa is doing its part to move the effort forward!
Next year, we’ll set the target even higher and continue building momentum for this noble endeavor.
Thanks again to all those who participated and enjoy one of our favorite quotes from last year’s effort:
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful people can change the world, it's the only thing that ever has."