SAN DIEGO COUNTY – I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) is set to host the 21st anniversary Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, April 22, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – on Earth Day. There are three cleanup sites in this area, Old River Road Street Sweep in Bonsall, Live Oak County Park in Fallbrook and Rainbow County Park in Rainbow.
The event is the region's largest one-day environmental volunteer effort on Earth Day, with over 100 cleanup sites around the county. I Love A Clean San Diego expects more than 5,000 volunteers of all ages to participate. Free online registration is now open at https://cleansd.org/creek-to-bay/.
"Our beaches and waterways are some of San Diego's greatest assets and deserve our care," said San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria. "This family-friendly event has a positive impact on our region's environment and reinforces for younger generations the importance of doing your part to make the world better and cleaner."
About 80% of all marine debris begins inland, and all residents of San Diego County live in one of 11 watersheds, which all have their own habitats and lead to the bays, beaches, and ocean. Litter enters local watersheds and flows out to the Pacific Ocean, becoming a harmful threat to the health of both marine wildlife and residents. Single-use plastics are the most dangerous products, which break down into micro-plastics and can be ingested by animals and humans.
"With the recent rain activity in San Diego, we anticipate more litter and debris traveling through our waterways and into our shared green spaces," said Ann Marie Sack, community engagement director. "What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to volunteer and prevent this pollution from entering our stormwater systems and flowing into local waterways and the ocean."
Since its inception, Creek to Bay volunteers have cleared over 2.4 million pounds of pollution from communities across the county, preserving the region's natural environment, waterways, and ocean.
Submitted by I Love A Clean San Diego.