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California Coastal Cleanup Expected To Draw 60,000 Volunteers Statewide

Kathy Grant / Courtesy

Kathy Grant / Courtesy

Around 60,000 volunteers are expected this Saturday for the largest volunteer event in the nation.

California Coastal Cleanup Day will clear 2,000 miles of coast and inland shorelines of trash. 

Volunteers will head to almost 900 sites in 55 of the 58 counties in the state to pick up everything from tires to TV’s. Last year, they collected over 700,000 pounds of trash and recyclables.

Lodi Lake will have about 350 volunteers. Kathy Grant from Lodi Public Works says last year they filled more than 50 bags with trash and calls the cleanup effort a learning experience.

“A way to teach the community that whatever they’re dumping on the street is actually ending up in the waterways," Grant says. "It’s not just what’s dumped at the lake, it’s what’s blowing in from the curb, from the parking lot.”

Grant says one student got a $100 prize from the state for finding the most unusual item.

“He found an unscratched lottery ticket and then he scratched it and won $20,” she says.

The event goes from 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday. You can go to the California Coastal Commission website to learn about a cleanup site near you.

Rich Ibarra

Contributing Central Valley/Foothills Reporter

As the Central Valley correspondent, Rich Ibarra covers San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced counties, along with the foothill areas including Tuolumne and Calaveras counties. He covers politics, the economy and issues affecting the region.   Read Full Bio 

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