Coastal Cleanup Day 2014




YOU made all the difference on Coastal Cleanup Day 2014


Mattole Youth Environmental Stewards - Mattole Beach and Estuary - Photo: Monica Scholey


On Saturday, September 20, about 1,000 Humboldt County residents took advantage of the balmy day to lend their hands in support of clean beaches and waterways for Coastal Cleanup Day. Volunteers scoured shorelines and inland locations, picking up trash at over 70 sites throughout the county, gathering nearly eight tons of garbage during the morning’s three-hour event.
The NEC has been cleaning up local beaches for 35 years and we are proud to have participated in the 30th year of California’s Coastal Cleanup. The Coastal Commission’s preliminary results report that more than 54,124 volunteers collected over 576,571 pounds of trash at over 850 sites throughout the state! International Coastal Cleanup Day is organized by Ocean Conservancy—making our efforts part of one of the biggest days of caring celebrated worldwide.

We knew we'd exceed last year's numbers, but thanks to your help, the 2014 California Coastal Cleanup Day was our best by far. We're still working on the final numbers, but we can say that approximately 70 sites were cleaned up by nearly 1,000 volunteers, led by over 60 site captains, totaling at least 10 ,000 lbs. less garbage endangering our rivers, creeks, beaches, bay and ocean, and the wildlife dependent on them.
Coastal Cleanup Day is an inspirational day of action that brings our community together to celebrate and protect our rivers and coast.  It is the hard work of so many amazing volunteers and the support from agencies, organizations, and businesses that really make this such a successful local event.  We are immensely grateful for the devoted volunteers who regularly take part in Coastal Cleanup as well as those who perform cleanups throughout the year.
This year’s cleanup saw volunteers of all ages—from hundreds of elementary and high school students, to volunteers who have been involved since the NEC’s first cleanup over three decades ago.  People took to the beaches up and down Humboldt’s coastline, from Shelter Cove to Redwood Creek to inland reaches of the Eel and Mad Rivers.
The NEC would like to extend our gratitude to ALL our cleanup volunteers, and site captains—some of whom come back to help year after year!


2014 Coastal Cleanup Site Captains


Many thanks to all our site captains and participants!

·       Martin Swett – Dry Lagoon State Park

·       Michele Bisgrove & Matt Porter, Kokatat – Big Lagoon

·       Shane Harmon, Big Lagoon School – Big Lagoon County Park

·       Anthony Andreoli – Agate Beach

·       Sawar Young-Tripp – College Cove

·       Rebecca Leuck & Matt Malkus, Trinidad Elementary School – Trinidad State Beach

·       Charlie Notthoff, Humboldt Skindivers – Trinidad Harbor

·       Carol Mone – Old Home Beach

·       Greg Gibbs – Baker Beach

·       Tina & Scott Davies – Luffenholtz Beach County Park

·       Rachel Montgomery, PG&E Veg Mgmt – Camel Rock/Houda Point Beach

·       Kimberly Thorpe – Moonstone Beach

·       Katelynn Merritt – Little River State Beach

·       Julie Layshock – Clam Beach County Park

·       Paul Souza, Molly Wasko, Margaret Talcott, Pacific Union School – Clam Beach County Park

·       Brooke Peters – Murray Road Beach

·       Josh Nikolauson, Cub Scout Pack 180 – Hiller Park

·       Kate McClain – Hammond Trail

·       Emily Davenport, GHD – Mad River Beach County Park

·       Jenny Rushby & Shana Langer, Coastal Grove School – Mad River Beach County Park

·       Robin Baker – Shay Park

·       Ted Halstead – Liscom Slough

·       Alyssa Young & Brandon Drucker, NEC – Greenway Bldg to McDaniel Slough

·       George Ziminsky, Friends of Arcata Marsh – Arcata Marsh

·       Brenda Harper, North Coast Co-Op – Mad River Slough at Hwy 255

·       Dave Feral, Mad River Alliance – Mad River at Blue Lake

·       Miki Takada – Ma-le’l Dunes

·       Dave Haller, Freshwater Elementary – Ma-le’l Dunes

·       Suzie Fortner, Friends of the Dunes – Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

·       Michelle Leonard, Redwood Montessori School – Humboldt Coastal Nature Center

·       Stacy Becker, HSU Center for Service Learning – Manila Beach, Cooper Gulch Park, Eureka Boardwalk, Halvorsen Park

·       Dale Unea, Samoa Volunteer Fire Dept – Vance Avenue, under Samoa Bridge

·       Billy Gartman, US Coast Guard – Samoa Blvd

·       Annalise Von Borstel, Lost Coast Rotaract & PacOut Green Team– Samoa Beach

·       Mary Lou Willits, Humboldt Surfridger – North Jetty

·       Lauren Lynch, Fox Farm Fertilizers – North Spit (bayside)

·       Dan Ehresman, NEC – Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Jacoby Creek Unit

·       Elicia Goldsworthy & Kara Graham, HSU Aquatic Center – Woodley Island

·       Jasmin Segura, Humboldt Baykeeper – Indian Island

·       Georgianna Wood, Explore North Coast – Woodley Island, Eureka Slough

·       Robert Thoman, DOA – Eureka Slough, Fay Slough

·       Lucia Boyer, Eureka High School  – Eureka Boardwalk, Old Town

·       Amanda Auston, Sequoia Park Zoo – Sequoia Park

·       Maggie Herbelin & Don Wilkes – Eureka Public Marina

·       Emily Sinkhorn – Del Norte Street Pier, Eureka Waterfornt

·       John Shelter, New Directions – Palco/Eureka Marsh

·       Jane Stock, Volunteer Trail Stewards – Hikshari Trail

·       Michele O’Brien, Umpqua Bank – South Spit

·       Heather Brown, Fortuna East High School – South Jetty

·       Marsha Lenz, South Bay School – King Salmon Beach

·       Mark Wheetley – Ocean Ranch Unit, Eel River Wildlife Area

·       Bruce Slocum – Eel River Mouth and Estuary

·       Alisha Hamann, Friends of the Eel River – Crab Park

·       David Erickson, Eel River Estuary Preserve – Eel River Estuary Preserve

·       Lynn McCullough & Audrey Miller, Ferndale Elementary School – Centerville Beach

·       Pam Halstead, Fortuna Creeks Project – Rohner Creek, Strong’s Creek, Eel River

·       Monica Scholey, Mattole Youth Environmental Stewards – Mattole Beach and Estuary

·       William Bell – Shelter Cove

·       Dan Tangney – Trinity River, South Fork Bridge to Kimtu


And a big hand for our sponsors!

Lost Coast Outpost, KHUM, KSLG, KXGO, KWPT The Point, Runaway Kite, PG&E, HWMA, Humboldt County, Recology, City of Eureka, Les Schwab Tires, Humboldt Sanitation, Arcata Garbage Company, Danco, Crestmark, UMPQUA Bank, North Coast Co-op, Eureka Grocery Delivery, Sierra Club, Visual Concepts, The Emerald Magazine, Mad River Union, Greenway, Trinidad Rancheria, North Coast Journal, Pierson Building Center, Fox Farm, Los Bagels, Friends of the Dunes, and Wildberries



Cleaning up at Moonstone Beach - Photo: Kimberly Thorpe


Kids counting cigarette butts - Fortuna Creeks Project - Rohner Creek, Strong’s Creek, Eel River - Photo: Pam Halstead





Awesome Coastal Cleanup video from Runaway Kite!



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