Coastal Cleanup Day Wrap-up 2018

Preparing to clean up Clam Beach on Coastal Cleanup Day. Photo: Megan Bunday.
Preparing to clean up Clam Beach on Coastal Cleanup Day. Photo: Megan Bunday.

YOU made a difference for our Coasts and Waterways!

The Northcoast Environmental Center held the 39th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 15—our biggest event of the year!

For those of you who don’t know what Coastal Cleanup Day is, or the unique history it has here on the North Coast, here are a few fun facts. Now an international event, Coastal Cleanup Day began right here in Humboldt in 1979 as the Beach Beautification Project—a program conceived by Joe Abbott and his wife, Anne Morrissey in partnership with the NEC. The Beach Beautification Project evolved into  Adopt-A-Beach, a program we still have at
the NEC today.

Volunteers from Coast Seafoods clean up Palco Marsh. Photo: Joe McKenzie.
Volunteers from Coast Seafoods clean up Palco Marsh. Photo: Joe McKenzie.

After a few years, the program drew the attention of the California Coastal Commission and became a statewide cleanup. Next came  the adoption by the Ocean Conservancy— turning this small town event into the world’s largest single-day volunteering event.

We at the NEC are incredibly honored by such a rich history. Next year, we are looking at our 40th anniversary and we hope to have our largest turnout yet!

This year’s cleanups drew over 57,000 people statewide, who cleaned up over 267 tons of debris from the coast! Data on the North Coast is still  trickling in, but our current count stands at over 700 volunteers, 52 site captains, and 45 sites in Humboldt County. These wonderful volunteers cleaned up over six tons of debris from
our  local watersheds!

Many of our volunteers have been participating in Coastal Cleanup Day for several years (and even decades!), and we love to see them coming back every year.

We would also like to thank our sponsors for all of the support we received and helping to make this event possible year after year! We cannot thank all of you enough for your commitment to making this event such a success and keeping our watersheds clear of unwanted debris!


Madison Peters, Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator. Photo: Megan Sunday.
Madison Peters, Coastal Cleanup Day Coordinator. Photo: Megan Sunday.


With 3/4 of the cleanup sites reporting,
the statewide totals are:

57,694 volunteers
who picked up
487,053 pounds of trash
and an additional
46,949 pounds of recyclables
for a total of 534,002 pounds collected along
1,025 miles
of waterways.


Preliminary North Coast Totals:
52 site captains
~ 45 cleanup sites
~ 700 volunteers
Over 6 tons of debris collected


Many thanks to our Site Captains!

The following is a list of sites for which data had been submitted by the time of EcoNews printing: 

Lee Rusconi – Big Lagoon County Park

Rebecca Lueck, Trinidad Union School – Trinidad State Beach

Carol Mone – Indian Beach/ Old Home Beach

Greg Gibbs – Baker Beach

Natalianne Tuttle, Norcal Beach Clean – Agate Beach

Lucia Boyer, Eureka High School – Eureka High and Surrounding Areas

Ben Morehead, Vanessa Munoz, Trinidad Coastal Land Trust – Luffenholtz & Moonstone Beaches

Josh Koepke, Samara Restoration – Murray Rd Beach

Allison Rafferty – Shay Park

Simon Bueche, Northcoast Environmental Center – Clam Beach

Aime and Matt Beard – Samoa Beach

HSU Chemistry Club – Arcata Marsh

Lea Eider – Mad River County Park

Le Club du Pied et La Bouche – Samoa Beach

Alicia Hamann, Friends of the Eel – Crab Park

Ashley Donnell, HSU Women’s Rowing – Eureka Waterfront

Joe McKenzie, Coast Seafoods – Palco Marsh

Lynn Casillas, GHD – Arcata Bay Trail

Debbie Marshall – Freshwater Lagoon

HSU YES House – Clam Beach

Humboldt Skindivers – Trinidad Harbor (Underwater)

Coastal Grove School – Mad River Beach County Park

George Ziminsky, Friends of Arcata Marsh (FOAM) – Arcata Marsh

Kiya Villarreal, North Coast Co-op – Mad River Slough at Hwy 255/Samoa Blvd.

Mad River Alliance – Mad River

Jess Barger, Friends of the Dunes – Manila Dunes/Humboldt Coastal Nature Center/Friends of the Dunes (Stamps Lane)

Damien Langsten, California Conservation Corps – Ma-le’l Dunes South

USCG – Samoa Blvd: Beach to USCG Station

Lost Coast Rotaract – Samoa Beach: Power Poles

Tim Haywood, PacOut Green Team – Samoa Beach: Samoa Bridge, Vance Avenue

Surfrider Humboldt – Samoa Beach: Power Poles

Blondies – LK Wood

College of the Redwoods – Mattole Estuary

Heather Brown & Dan Tangey, East High School – South Jetty/South Spit

Jan Hawkes – King Salmon Beaches

Olivia Santangini, Papa & Barkley – King Salmon Beaches

Jenny McCarthy, Redwood Coast Zoo Keepers Association – Eureka Waterfront Trail

Rachel Montgomery, PG&E Vegetation Management – Table Bluff County Park Beach to Eel River Mouth

Amber Patzlaff – Fortuna Riverwalk

Sea Scout Ship Yankee – Woodley Island/ Humboldt Bay

Humboldt State Slackliners Club – Patrick’s Point

Daniel Tibbetts, California Conservation Corps – Centerville Beach County Parks

Malia Freedlund, Mattole Elementary School – McNutt Gulch along the 7 Mile Stretch

Fortuna High School Creeks/ Fortuna Interact Club – Table Bluff County Park Beach to Eel River Mouth

Jen Kalt & Jasmin Segura, Humboldt Baykeeper, Wiyot Tribe, Humboldt Bay Aquatic Center, and Hog Island Oyster Company  – Indian Island


Many thanks to our sponsors!

2018 Coastal Cleanup Day sponsors.