Dana Point's Coastal Cleanup Day– Sept. 20

UNDERWATER & ON THE WATER CLEANUPS AND CIGARETTE BUTT ROUNDUP EVENT – Sept. 20

OC Dana Point Harbor is preparing for the 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day with an underwater cleanup in the morning, along with the annual cigarette butt roundup and new this year, to complement the underwater and land side cleanup, there will be an on-the-water cleanup program administered from kayaks and dinghies.

Nearly 40% of all debris items collected on Coastal Clean Up Day in 2013 were cigarette butts – volunteers picked up over 217,000 of them in less than three hours. It was the 25th straight year in which cigarette butts were the most littered item in California; this is most likely because many smokers mistakenly believe they are biodegradable, but are composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic and contain over 165 chemicals.

At the Ocean Institute  you can participate in the Coastal Cleanup Day there and receive free admission for the day. They will clean the Dana Point Marine Conservation Area (tidepools), the west jetty and the west end of the harbor. Meet behind the Ocean Institute and help cut down  waste by bringing your own bucket, gloves and reusable water bottle. Please wear closed-toed shoes, sunscreen and a hat. Bring an extra layer, like a sweater or jacket, in case it's cold!

Each event will be serving refreshments and have some great prizes and opportunity drawings. OC Dana Point Harbor is seeking certified volunteer scuba divers to participate in the underwater clean up event. Participants will receive an event t-shirt as well as prizes awarded for unusual items recovered. Aqualung America, Inc., will be awarding a SCUBA regulator valued at $650 to the most unusual item recovered. For more information :http://ocdph.com/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=38112.

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