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Save Our Shores Star Spangled Cleanup, July 4th

POLLUTION PREVENTION IS PATRIOTIC! Every year, thousands of beachgoers visit Monterey Bay beaches to celebrate the birth of our nation. Unfortunately, the celebration often results in tons of trash littering our shores. To prevent waste from entering the ocean and harming wildlife, Save Our Shores is hosting pollution prevention outreach at Hotspot beaches across the Central Coast and organizing its popular Star Spangled Cleanup the morning after July 4th. The effort is a part of our Holiday Relief Program in partnership with the City of Santa Cruz.

Last year, 182 volunteers removed nearly 3,000 pounds of trash from 11 Hotspot beaches across the Monterey Bay in just two hours.

We have cleanups happening in both Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties on July 5th. Cleanups are happening rain or shine! If you are interested in joining our Star Spangled Beach Cleanup efforts, simply show up the day of to participate or contact cleanup@saveourshores.org

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You can also help prevent unnecessary and harmful pollution from entering the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) by following five simple tips:

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POLLUTION PREVENTION OUTREACH

By reminding beachgoers to enjoy their holiday responsibly, Save Our Shores has seen a significant reduction in beach pollution. Last year, a team of 41 volunteers handed out 1,611 trash bags at six Hotspot beaches along in the Monterey Bay. In just four hours, the group spoke to 3,000 beachgoers about the impact of beach pollution, as well as offered tips for a litter-free holiday. You can help!

Date Venue Name Meet-Up Location Time
July 4th Natural Bridges State Beach, with Sanctuary Stewards Steve Luckenbach & family Check-in located in the main parking area for Natural Bridges Beach near the Natural Bridges Visitors Center. Bathrooms and drinking fountains available. noon-4pm
July 4th Cowell and Main Beach, with Save Our Shores staff, Sanctuary Stewards Katy Manning & Nancy Connelly, & Bold Earth Teen Adventures Youth Group Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
July 4th Seabright Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Petra Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
July 4th Twin Lakes Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Ali Eppy Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
July 4th Sunny Cove Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Nancy Connelly Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
July 4th Rio Del Mar Beach, with Sanctuary Steward George Williams Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
July 4th Hidden Beach, with Save Our Shores’ staff member Melanie Franklin Same as cleanup location noon-4pm
July 4th Beer Can Beach, with Sanctuary Steward LeAnn Copriviza Same as cleanup location noon-4pm

MONTEREY CLEANUPS

Date Venue Name Meet-Up Location Time
July 5th Del Monte City Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Karen Gunby Check-in will be located at the base of Wharf # 2. This beach is also known as Municipal Beach. 9-11am
July 5th Carmel City Beach, with Save Our Shores Interns Kayla and Tyler Carmel Beach City Park along the coastal-end of Ocean Avenue 9-11am

SANTA CRUZ CLEANUPS

Date Venue Name Meet-Up Location Time
July 5th Davenport Main Beach Check in the parking lot across Highway 1 from Whale City Bakery 9-11am
July 5th Cowell and Main Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Haley Check-in will be located down on Cowell Beach right off from the Cowell Beach parking lot. There are bathrooms and drinking fountains available. Volunteers will be sent to clean both Cowell Beach and Santa Cruz Main Beach. 9-11am
July 5th Seabright Beach, with the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History Adopt-A-Beach Check-in located near the main entrance to Seabright Beach right off of East Cliff Drive across from the Natural History Museum. Bathrooms and drinking fountains available. 9-11am
July 5th Twin Lakes Beach, with Jerry from the Santa Cruz chapter of Surfrider Foundation Check-in will be located at the main bathrooms at Twin Lakes State Beach right near the intersection of 7th ave and East Cliff Drive. Volunteers will be sent to clean Twin Lakes Beach and Harbor Beach. Bathrooms and drinking fountains available. 9-11am
July 5th Sunny Cove Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Mary Scheller Check-in will be located at the end of 17th Ave by the bluff overlook 9-11am
July 5th Rio Del Mar Beach, with Sanctuary Steward George Williams & Norm Beeson Check-in located right off of main Esplanade near the main bathrooms. Parking lot available as well as bathrooms and drinking fountains. Waste Collection: Please leave 2 clear piles (one trash, one recycle) near the trash cans closest to the main bathrooms. 9-11am
July 5th Hidden Beach, with Rio Del Mar Homeowners Association Adopt-A-Beach Check-in will be located at the end of Cliff Dr. at the entrance of Hidden Beach Playground 9-11am
July 5th Beer Can Beach, with Aptosia Adopt-A-Beach Check-in will be located at the top of the stairs above Beer Can Beach off of Via Palo Alto 9-11am
July 5th Natural Bridges State Beach, with Sanctuary Steward Jackie Nunez Check-in located in the main parking area for Natural Bridges Beach near the Natural Bridges Visitors Center. Bathrooms and drinking fountains available. 9-11am

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EVENT SPONSORS & PARTNERS

Save Our Shores thanks our supporting partners and sponsors that make our July 4th Holiday Relief possible: 

The County of Santa Cruz Public Works Department, The City of Santa Cruz, The Community Foundation for Monterey County, The City of Monterey, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Resources Legacy Fund, Green Waste

All cleanup materials will be provided, but we encourage volunteers to bring reusable buckets, gloves, and water bottles (staying hydrated is important) to help reduce waste. Individuals and groups welcome. For groups of 10 or more people, please email volunteer(at)saveourshores.org