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Pollution Prevention is Patriotic!

On the morning of July 5th, 2014, 320 volunteers participated in the Star Spangled Beach Cleanup and prevented a total of 1,894 pounds of pollution from littering our beaches and entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

And on July 4th, 2014, 21 volunteers spread the Pollution Prevention message to beach goers at high-impact beaches in Santa Cruz and Monterey County, while handing out 1,603 trash and recycling bags to help keep our beaches clean!

Traditions of picnics and fireworks bring thousands of people to the beaches of Monterey Bay to celebrate the 4th of July. Piles of garbage and trashed beaches are the unfortunate result.

SOS tackles the aftermath of pollution and debris through education, outreach, and awareness. Be it on our beaches or through local media outlets – Save Our Shores is there. We remind visitors to ‘Pack your Trash’, hand out thousands of trash and recycling bags on our beaches, and we rise early to conduct the July 5th Star Spangled Beach Cleanup, the second largest beach cleanup of the year on the Central Coast.

Our volunteers create cleaner, safer, more beautiful beaches – and we want YOU to join us!

Volunteer on July 4th, 2015

Volunteers will hit the beaches from 12 – 4pm to remind beach-goers to properly dispose of and recycle their trash with our Pollution Prevention is Patriotic campaign! If you are interested in leading outreach at one of these sites, contact

Stay tuned, locations will be determined end of May of 2015.

Volunteer for the 2015 July 5th Star Spangled Beach Cleanup

Stop thousands of pounds trash and debris from polluting the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.

Join us from 8-10am at multiple local beaches in Santa Cruz and Monterey. Stay tuned, cleanup locations will be determined in late May, 2015.

*If you have a beach you would like to add and help SOS expand our outreach and cleanup presence on July 4th or 5th, email