California Coastal Cleanup Day for Boating Facilities and Boating Groups

Marina in the fog

Ahoy! There are many actions boaters and anglers can take to ensure that safe and clean boating is part of their experience enjoying California waterways.

Results of more than 20 years of volunteer cleanup data indicate that 60 to 80 percent of shoreline trash comes from land-based sources. This debris can harm or kill aquatic organisms and also damage your vessel. Pollution also makes using the waterways less enjoyable for humans. Solving our water pollution problems requires everyone's involvement!

Boaters and boating facilities are known for being good stewards of the environment!

Learn which boating facilities participated in 2019 Coastal Cleanup Day.

Here are some photos from previous Coastal Cleanup Day events at boating facilities.

Are you ready to get involved?

We are looking for yacht clubs, marinas, kayaks and paddling clubs, aquatic centers, fishing clubs and any boating facility to participate in Coastal Cleanup Day. Your facility can easily be part of the state's largest volunteer and family-oriented event. Follow these simple steps to organize Coastal Cleanup Day at your facility:

  1. Contact the Statewide Coastal Cleanup Day Boating Program Coordinators:

    Vivian Matuk
    Environmental Boating Program Coordinator
    California State Parks - Division of Boating and Waterways
    California Coastal Commission
    (415) 904-6905

    Eben Schwartz
    Outreach Manager, Public Education Program
    California Coastal Commission
    (415) 904-5210
  2. Learn more about marine debris and why it's a problem for our waterways.

  3. Become a Site Captain for your facility, work with us and your County Coordinator on planning your event.

  4. Click on the links below to learn what steps to take to organize a cleanup at your facility:
  5. Download a flyer to post at your facility:
  6. Would you like to volunteer but can't commit to help organize the event? Explore our map of existing cleanup sites.

Special Thanks to Sequoia Yacht Club and Port Royal Yacht Club

In 2011, and working in partnership with Heal the Bay and the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program, these two yacht clubs helped launch a pilot program to further engage the boating community. Together these clubs and their 63 enthusiastic volunteers collected 1,267 pounds of trash and recyclables from the shoreline and on the water with non-motorized vessels.

Boaters participating in cleanup

Are you ready to get involved?

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