SAN DIEGO COUNTY - As of 3 p.m., April 22, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) reported more than 5,000 registered volunteers, at 107 sites, removed over 57,000 pounds of litter and debris from streets, canyons, parks and the coastline in communities across San Diego County for the 21st Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup.
“Although numbers from cleanup sites are still coming in, we can safely say we have reached our goal this year,” said Ann Marie Sack, Director of Community Engagement at ILCSD. “We are thankful for all the volunteers from all corners of San Diego County who celebrated Earth Day with us at Creek to Bay, this year.”
San Diego City Council presented a proclamation in honor of Creek to Bay’s 21st anniversary and for the significant impact the countywide event has had in preserving San Diego’s environment since its inception in 2002. Elected officials kicked off Creek to Bay at a site within their district.
“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.”
Plastic in all its forms remains the chief pollutant found at the annual Earth Week event. In 2022, nearly 70% of all the litter removed from community and countywide cleanups was a form of plastic or single-use item.
Volunteers included residents, corporate and community groups and other regional environmental organizations who diverted litter and debris across all sites from reaching neighborhoods, creeks, bays, and the ocean.
Among the most notable items collected were a doggy bed, Easter eggs, stop signs, a BBQ grill, a bullet case and a lobster net.
Residents that were not able to participate in the Creek to Bay cleanup can still join ILACSD in creating a healthier, more vibrant region by making a gift or starting a fundraiser at cleansd.org/earth.
The Creek to Bay Cleanup is one of two annual countywide cleanups hosted by ILACSD. The next major cleanup event is International Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 23.
Submitted by I Love A Clean San Diego.