The Colusa-Sacramento River State Recreation Area was closed this year due to construction, so our group had to improvise. Instead of meeting inside the campground, we gathered near the water-towers both before and after the event.
As usual, our event kicked off with a 10-minute discussion with a biologist from River Partners, the local non-profit who performs restoration work up and down the coast. The clean-up kicked off at approximately 9:00AM and lasted until about 11:35AM. A new addition to our volunteer roster was seven cub scouts from pack 5.
In total, the Colusa event turned out 45 volunteers, who together removed a total of 1,450 lbs. of materials from the local watershed. Since the first Colusa Clean-Up in 2011, over 6,000 lbs. off garbage has been removed.
However, Colusa is not alone in this clean-up effort. Colusa is one of the 58 participating counties in California and there were upwards of 60,000 volunteers across the state participating in their own clean-up events. The number of statewide volunteers has grown steadily since the very first clean-up in 1985, where it had only 2,500 volunteers. In fact, California Coastal Clean-Up Day was recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “largest garbage collection” ever organized. And although it started on the “California Coast,” it’s gradually spread inland over the years, reaching locations such as Colusa.
Here is a list of the ten most commonly found items across the state from 1988-2016:
This event would not have been possible without our sponsors. These include: Premier Mushrooms, River Partners, Central Valley Gas Storage, Colusa Landing, Recology and Inked Up Industries.
However, we are the most thankful to our dedicated volunteers who show up every Saturday. Many of them have participated in 4, 5 or even 6 of our clean-up events. To those who fall under that category, thanks for your loyalty and dedication! For all the rest, we hope to see you again next year and continue carrying forward our momentum!
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