Due to COVID-19 and important safety protocols that will likely be in effect in September, there will be significant changes to Coastal Cleanup Day to protect us while we protect the environment.
Dates: The event will be held every Saturday in September from 9 a.m. - Noon.
September 5th | September 12th | September 19th | September 26th
Cleanup Locations: Volunteers will be encouraged to clean up their own neighborhood, or visit select litter "hot spots" outside of a volunteer's neighborhood identified by captains, and assigned to a limited number of households and/or families to prevent large gatherings. San Gregorio Environmental Resource Center (SGERC) will again be the local sponsor, and the captain will be Neil Panton.
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(Also published in The La Honda Voice, June 2020.)
Coastal Cleanup Day this year is Saturday, September 21st 2019, 9am-Noon. SGERC will again sponsor the cleanup at San Gregorio State Beach. We expect to remove many pounds of trash and recyclables from the beach, picnic, and parking areas.
After a brief orientation, volunteers collect debris and record the trash picked up. Data collected from these events guide efforts to reduce trash and their impacts on the environment. Picking up the trash... well, you immediately see the difference!
Parking for volunteers is free at San Gregorio State Beach. Plan on joining us! More information at SMChealth.org/CCD or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Also published in The La Honda Voice, September 2019.)
Join us Saturday, September 15th 9am - 12noon at San Gregorio State Beach to help clean up our local beach. Each year volunteers remove hundreds of pounds of trash and recyclables.
Parking has always been free for cleanup volunteers. Bring sturdy shoes or boots, layered clothing, sunscreen, and the whole family! We encourage plastic buckets, reusable water bottles, and heavy gloves for cleanup, but we'll have plenty of supplies on hand.
There are additional cleanup locations along the coast and inland. Visit smc health (https://www.smchealth.org/general-information/coastal-and-bay-cleanup-day) to find more information about the event and cleanup sites.
San Gregorio Environmental Resource Center (SGERC) is proud to have been site captain for cleanup at the beach since 2003. SGERC has also assisted in cleanup efforts at Pomponio and Tunitas Creeks. The organization adopts a stretch of highway on Hwy 84, keeping that area clear of trash since 2007. SGERC has also been removing invasive plants such as pampas/jubata grass and stinkwort since 2016. To find out more about SGERC, call their office at (650) 726-2499, or visit their website sgerc.org.
(Also published in The La Honda Voice, August 2018.)
Thanks to everyone who participated in Coastal Cleanup Day, either at the beach or in their neighborhood. More than 30 volunteers helped at San Gregorio State Beach and picked up 153 gallons of trash and 66 gallons of recyclables! There were also efforts at nearby beaches including Pomponio and Tunitas Creek. Judging from all the smiling faces, everyone really enjoys this effort, which yields immediate results. You not only see the amount of trash you have collected, you see the difference in the area you have left behind.
There are cleanup efforts throughout the year, so you don't have to wait until September to help out. There are monthly cleanups at Tunitas Creek, occasional cleanup days in Cuesta La Honda, and our Adopt-A-Highway program that picks up trash along Hwy. 84. Contact us for more info at email@example.com, or go to our website sgerc.org.
(Also published in The La Honda Voice, September 2017.)
San Gregorio Environmental Resource Center (SGERC) invites you to join us at San Gregorio State Beach on Coastal Cleanup Day, September 16th from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. This is an annual event sponsored by the California Coastal Commission.
Also visit the beautiful new interpretative panel installed at the beach near the picnic area. This panel describes how artificial breaching of the lagoon affects wildlife, and introduces you to a number of the fish and birds that live in this important habitat. We’ll be on hand to provide information about the lagoon and sandbar, and how to help keep this environment healthy.
SGERC sponsored this interpretative panel, installed with the help of our local office of California State Parks. If you are interested in helping offset the cost of this panel, or any of our programs, you can make a tax-deductible contribution by visiting our website: www.sgerc.org (Tax ID # 94-3083465), or donate at this event. Our activities include a monthly stream monitoring program at several locations in the watershed (now in its 17th year), a watershed education program with local schools that is just beginning, Adopt-a-Highway litter removal on Hwy. 84, and pampas/jubata grass removal throughout La Honda and San Gregorio.
If you are interested in participating in any of these projects, or would like to propose further projects which enhance the health of the local watershed. Please send an email with your contact detail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Coastal Cleanup Day, tons of trash and recyclables are removed from beaches, streams, parks, schools, and other areas across California with the help of community volunteers. Last year in San Mateo County, 4,145 volunteers picked up more than 22,000 pounds of trash and nearly 4,000 pounds of recyclables. The most common items are cigarette butts and tobacco products, food wrappers, paper and plastic bags, glass and plastic bottles, beverage cans, and construction materials. SGERC will have all the necessary supplies including reusable gloves and buckets. If you like, bring your own sturdy gloves and bucket to help reduce waste from the event. Wear sturdy shoes and dress in layers since the weather can be unpredictable. We will have refreshments for volunteers.
Children welcome! We look forward to seeing you at the beach!
More info at:
https://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/ccd/cleanup/ - /map
(Also published in The La Honda Voice, August 2017.)
Parking lot at Highway 1 and La Honda Road; Saturday, September 20, 2014; 9 -noon.
Please join us for the 29thannual Coastal Cleanup Day at San Gregorio Beach. Since the first Cleanup day in 1985 more than 6 million cigarette butts and 2 million plastic bags have been picked up. We’re making a difference! Rewards are given for the most unusual find. Last year we thought San Gregorio would win, based on the safe that was found flung off the overpass. But the winner was a pair of speakers with a live octopus inside!
For information please see website http://flowstobay.org/ccdlocations or contact Kathleen Dickey at email@example.com
(Also published in The La Honda Voice, September 2014.)
Did you know that approximately 80% of trash found on the beach comes from inland sources? It's important to clean up beaches, but we can have a powerful effect all year long limiting litter wherever we are.
Come to San Gregorio State Beach September 17th or one of the nearby sites and help in this state-wide effort to clean up trash.
Locations and information can be found at http://www.flowstobay.org/cs_cleanup_participate.php.
SGERC encourages the use of re-useable gear - gloves, buckets, personal water bottles etc. This reduces the amount of trash generated in the cleanup event. Bring gloves, sturdy shoes, sunscreen and layer your clothing so you can be comfortable no matter the weather.
SGERC will provide refreshments and award small prizes for the most unusual item, most trash collected, biggest item and other categories. Cleanup starts at 9am, but come no later than 11am to be done by noon.
Please share thanks to our State Parks for providing free parking for volunteers and trash disposal, as well as the County of San Mateo, the Coastal Commission and the Ocean Conservancy for sponsoring this event. SGERC is proud to once again be site captain at San Gregorio State Beach.
See you at the Beach!
Neil Panton - Director
San Gregorio Environmental Resource Center (SGERC)
firstname.lastname@example.org (650) 726-2499
(Also published in The La Honda Voice, August 2011.)
This year it's "BYO!" - Bring Your Own buckets, gloves and water bottles.
In an effort to cut down on the amount of trash generated on Cleanup Day, this year we're encouraging volunteers to bring their own buckets, gloves, water bottles etc. There will be plenty of supplies for folks to use if they don't have their own, but anything you can bring that is reusable will reduce the amount of trash utilized in our cleanup effort.
San Gregorio Environmental Resource Center (SGERC) will be site captains once again at San Gregorio State Beach. Parking is free for all volunteers. Come clean up the beach in the morning, then stay and enjoy it in the afternoon! There are many other cleanup locations too, if you prefer. Go to flowstobay.org for more information about the event and other cleanup sites.
Your school can get involved too. Friday, September 24th is a perfect opportunity for schools to involve their students in a cleanup event of their own. Once again, check flowstobay.org for info on this.
Planning for the event is easy. Either download a waiver form ahead of time or sign in at the site Saturday morning. Dress in layers since the weather is always unpredictable. Wear sunscreen and sturdy boots, bring a pair of gloves and and anything else you can think of that will make for a fun and safe day. We'll have a brief safety talk before heading out so we can protect ourselves as well as the environment while cleaning up. Volunteers are provided with a data card to keep track of items collected. This allows the organizers to track the trends in trash (just made that up - pretty catchy!) so that resources can be directed at areas that need the most help.
This event gains in popularity each year. I believe the reason is the immediate reward and satisfaction volunteers get from seeing a beautiful area restored to a litter free environment. It becomes almost addictive to pick up trash when we see it - the results are immediately apparent! San Gregorio State Beach offers many opportunities for cleanup since it stretches long distances in either direction. The large parking area and entrance also need cleaning up, and for the intrepid, the parking area across the highway is usually pretty well littered.
Please join us on the 25th. We'll have refreshments and small prizes for the most unusual items found, most trash collected, and most innovative BYO item. Hope to see you there!
(Also published in The La Honda Voice, August 2010.)
Protecting the San Gregorio Watershed.