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Calendar >  20th Anniversary Creek To Bay Cleanup To Celebrate Earth Week

20th Anniversary Creek To Bay Cleanup To Celebrate Earth Week

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The 20th Anniversary Creek to Bay Cleanup to Celebrate Earth Week throughout San Diego County with Thousands of Environmental Volunteers

What:  

I Love A Clean San Diego County (ILACSD) is set to host the 20th anniversary Creek to Bay Cleanup on Saturday, April 23 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. – the day after Earth Day. The event has become the region’s largest one-day environmental volunteer effort honoring Earth Day. This year, Creek to Bay returns to in-person, group volunteering at over 70 sites around the county. Volunteer registration is free and mandatory to be counted in the day’s results  at CreektoBay.org.

In 2021, volunteers reported removing nearly 30,000 pounds of litter from streets, parks, canyons and beaches. This year, ILACSD hopes to see that number jump closer to pre-pandemic levels of 100,000 pounds removed from the environment

When:                

Saturday, April 23, 2022 – 9 AM – 12 PM countywide

Where:    Media Site: Gompers Park, San Diego 92102. Approximately 200-300 volunteers and I Love A Clean San Diego gather to clean up the park and surrounding streets.                    

Special guests include: San Diego Councilmember Monica Montgomery Steppe, Think Blue San Diego, the County of San Diego’s Project Clean Water

Visuals: Large groups of volunteers of all ages with cleanup supplies, buckets and pickers. Litter being weighed, sorted into trash and recyclables, dumpster being filled.

Countywide: Over 70 sites around San Diego County. Sites listed on registration page. Visit CreekToBay.org to start.

Why:   About 80 percent of all marine debris begins inland, and all residents of San Diego County live in one of 11 watersheds that all lead to our bays and ocean. Litter enters our local watersheds and flows out to the Pacific Ocean, becoming a harmful threat to the health of both marine wildlife and people. Single-use plastics are the most dangerous products, they break down into micro-plastics and can be ingested by animals and humans.

Since its inception, Creek to Bay Cleanup volunteers have helped clear over 2.7 million pounds of pollution from communities across the county to protect the region’s natural environment, waterways and the ocean.

ILACSD encourages all volunteers to practice zero-waste habits at Creek to Bay by swapping single-use plastic items for sustainable alternatives like buckets, reusable pickers, reusable gloves and reusable drink containers.  

Who:   Organizers expect more than 4,500 volunteers to participate in this year’s event from points around San Diego County. This is a family friendly event and is a great opportunity for community group teams. In addition, ILACSD

welcomes corporate teams. For more information about organizing corporate teams and event underwriting, please contact Ian Monahan at imonahan@cleansd.org.

About I Love A Clean San Diego County …Founded in 1954, I Love A Clean San Diego County (ILACSD) is an environmental nonprofit on a mission to foster zero waste lifestyles and beautify communities throughout the region. ILACSD serves about 90,000 students, adults and businesses every year through environmental education, volunteer cleanup and beautification programs, and recycling and zero waste resources for the public. Annually, the organization hosts approximately 900 workshops and produces 600 community cleanups. Community cleanups are responsible for clearing nearly half a million pounds of pollution from the region annually. ILACSD is dedicated to empowering every person to be leaders in conservation and waste-free living to protect and improve the health of the home we love. Connect with us at CleanSD.orgWasteFreeSD.org, or call 619.291.0103.

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