Save Our Shores Holiday Relief Program Attracts 177 Volunteers
After the long Memorial Day weekend of fun, Monterey Bay beaches looked tired. The North Coast and Mid-Santa Cruz County were the hardest hit in terms of trash, particularly Panther Beach and Sunny Cove. Thankfully, 177 volunteers took some time during the holiday weekend and the day after to lend a hand.
“I was surprised by how much small trash, such as plastic bits, Styrofoam pieces, dog poop bags and cigarette butts were on the beach. Especially since we had just cleaned them on Earth Day. But I was heartened by the many people who thanked us,” recalled Sanctuary Steward Mary Scheller, who took time out of her Tuesday morning with her husband to comb through Memorial Day waste at 3 different beaches along Live Oak in Santa Cruz County.
Sanctuary Steward Steve Belmont reminds us how dedicated the volunteers were. “Just when you think you’ve seen everything that can be dumped on a beach, there’s something new. Today it was linoleum and wood paneling!”
Beach Cleanup Results:
Before and after Memorial Day, 164 Save Our Shores volunteers removed 543.8 pounds of trash from 9 beaches across the Monterey Bay. Below is the breakdown by beach:
Trash Removed (lbs)
Davenport Main, Santa Cruz
Cowell/Main, Santa Cruz
Panther, Santa Cruz
Cowell/Main, Santa Cruz
Sunny Cove, Santa Cruz
Corcoran Lagoon, Santa Cruz
26th, Santa Cruz
Capitola, Santa Cruz
Palm Beach State Park, Watsonville
Del Monte, Monterey
Pollution Prevention Outreach Results:
On Memorial Day at peak visitor time, 13 Save Our Shores volunteers connected with thousands of unprepared beachgoers at the 2 most visited beaches in the Monterey Bay, Cowell/Main Beach in Santa Cruz and Del Monte Beach in Monterey. Before crowds turned up in the thousands, Save Our Shores hung large banners along the beach parking lots and bathrooms, reminding visitors to “enjoy their visit” to the beach and “keep it clean.” Volunteers talked to visitors about the impact their waste can have on marine wildlife and marine ecosystems as well as reminding them to pack their trash after enjoying the beach. In less than 4 hours, the small crew managed to hand out more than 450 free trash bags, a proven pollution prevention measure.
Save Our Shores 2017 Holiday Relief and Pollution Prevention Program during Memorial Day weekend is made possible thanks to dedicated partners and sponsors: Santa Cruz County Department of Public Works, City of Santa Cruz, City of Capitola, City of Monterey, KION 5/46 news channel, Whale City Bakery, Monterey Bay Aquarium, Fish Hopper, Richard Schmidt Surf School, Santa Cruz County Bank, Dream Inn, Craft Gallery, Fish Hopper, Gayle’s Bakery, New Leaf Community Markets, Monterey Regional Waste Management District, Ristorante Avanti, Watsonville Charter School for the Arts, Ponderosa High. A special thanks to Sanctuary Stewards Mary Scheller and Steve Belmont for their extended volunteer efforts.