What is the Adopt-A-Beach Program?
The Smith River Alliance is partnering with the California Coastal Commission on managing the Del Norte County Adopt-A-Beach Program. This program supports community members, groups and organizations that want to perform coastal cleanups on their schedule in Del Norte County and Crescent City.
How can I Participate?
Interested in Adopting-A-Beach and hosting a cleanup?
It’s as easy as:
- Contact Gustavo Vasquez, Program Associate with the Smith River Alliance at Gustavo@smithriveralliance.org with the beach you would like to adopt and day of the event. (Groups need to commit to 3 cleanups within one calendar year, school groups only need to commit to one.)
- Fill out the Adopt-A-Beach Group Participation Agreement and Indemnification Form.
- Have every participant fill out the Adopt-A-Beach Waiver of Liability and Express Assumption of Risk Form prior to the clean up date.
(You can find the Spanish Adopt-A-Beach Waiver of Liability and Express Assumption of Risk Form here)
- Clean up the beach!
- Document and record the cleanup bt using the data cards or through the Cleanswell App.
What beaches can I clean?
You can clean up almost any of your favorite beach in Del Norte County!
We recommend that you pick any of the following:
- South Beach
- Crescent Beach
- Beachfront Park
- Battery Point Beach
- Pebble Beach
- Point St. George Beach
- Kellogg Beach
If you have other beaches that you want to clean, please contact the land manager of that beach before your cleanup.
Why Beach Cleanups are Important
Pollution in our oceans affects thousands of marine animals and wildlife every year, causing entanglement, ingestion and change in habitats.
The main way that trash and debris enters our oceans are by our beaches, rives and streams. Beach cleanups are vital in capturing this trash and debris before it is swept into the ocean by the wind or tides.
Some of the most common and harmful items found aren’t tires or large items, but are small items that many of us use everyday. Cigarette butts, single-use plastics, bottle caps, fireworks, discarded rubber gloves and medical masks are some of the most found items left behind. Much of this trash can be picked up while on a short walk on the beach with as little as a shopping bag and some gloves.
There is growing research about plastic debris too small to be caught by existing filters being discharged by water treatment systems. This debris may take the form of microbeads (added to some personal care products as exfolients) rinsed down drains, or synthetic fibers from clothing or other items that are laundered. A recent study of the San Francisco Bay found that eight waste water treatment plants discharged an average of 490,000 particles of microplastic per day into the Bay.
Find more information here.