by LAINEY KRAL

Local Nonprofits are Working to Keep Our Backyard Beautiful – And So Can You

During the first few months of 2016, many of us are making commitments to improve our daily lives – whether that means organizing our homes, getting outside more, or prioritizing time with our friends and families. It’s the perfect time to get together and turn that motivation towards cleaning up our coastline as well.

San Diego is famously known as America’s Finest City, and we earned that nickname in no small part thanks to our gorgeous beaches. Locals and tourists alike flock to our shores almost year-round. This level of human activity can leave its mark, but luckily we also have a number of organizations dedicated to removing litter and preserving our environment.

While we wait for the water to warm up again, take the opportunity to learn about some of the local organizations that are working hard to keep our backyard beautiful – and how you can be part of the progress.

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I Love a Clean San Diego

www.cleansd.org
I Love a Clean San Diego hosts both beach and inland cleanups throughout the region. Upcoming events include Tsunami Sweepers on Jan. 23 – a cleanup at Torrey Pines State Beach to help clean up debris still washing ashore from the 2011 Japanese Tsunami – and Cupid’s Cleanup on Feb. 13 – a cleanup meeting behind Benchmark Brewing Company to pick up litter from surrounding streets and the San Diego River.


San Diego Coastkeeper

www.sdcoastkeeper.org
San Diego Coastkeeper teams up with Surfrider Foundation to host semi-monthly cleanups across the county. Businesses have the option of sponsoring special corporate cleanups, which make a great teambuilding exercise while helping the environment. Coastkeeper also provides Beach Cleanups in a Box – a kit with supplies for up to 25 people to organize their own cleanup. Participants are asked to complete and return Coastkeeper’s data sheets after their cleanup.


Surfrider Foundation San Diego

sandiego.surfrider.org
Surfrider Foundation San Diego and San Diego Coastkeeper’s regular cleanups are open to the public and held from 9 to 11 a.m. unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is only needed for groups of 25 or more. Participants are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes, hats, and sunscreen. Businesses are also encouraged to sponsor scheduled beach cleanups. Surfrider Foundation has a number of other projects, including Ocean Friendly Gardens, which advocates for native and climate-appropriate landscapes to prevent pollution from urban water runoff.