It’s a little incongruous to think about litter removal in the midst of a pandemic following a frightening wildfire evacuation, but it might bring a little normalcy back to your life. As the air quality continues to improve, it might be good to get outdoors and participate in this year’s “any day in September” cleanup event. Please monitor AirNow or PurpleAir before going outside for extended periods.
Rather than gather in a large group, cleanup will be all of September and utilize the CleanSwell app to log and submit data. Clean up around your house, your neighborhood, or a nearby trail or park. Pretty simple. It’s a cool app, and can be used all year long to help the Ocean Conservancy track trends in litter. The information helps their efforts to bring available resources and funding to the most critical areas.
Check out the short video for Coastal Cleanup 2020 - https://youtu.be/-Zg7AfmIesI, and register with me (your local team captain) using this link: https://www.smchealth.org/general-information/coastal-cleanup-day
Next, download the CleanSwell app to get started. It's fun and easy to use. Create an account and use the group name “San Gregorio Starfish” to keep our data together in the database. When done with your cleanup, be sure to hit “Submit” so the data will be uploaded to the Ocean Conservancy. You do not need to have wifi or cell connection at the time, the data will be uploaded automatically once you’re within wifi or cell range.
It’s easiest to go out in pairs – one person picking up litter, the other doing the logging. It’s a great activity for families. If you‘d like help with the CleanSwell app or need supplies or trash pickup, contact me: Neil Panton; email@example.com or by phone (650) 726-2499.
(Also published in The La Honda Voice, September 2020.)
Protecting the San Gregorio Watershed.