California Coastal Cleanup Day 2022 Poster

Please join us on Saturday, September 17, 2022

Time: 9 am to 12 pm

Location: South Beach and multiple other locations

Meet in front of Schmidt’s House of Jambalaya
110 Anchor Way, Crescent City, CA 95531)



The Smith River Alliance, in conjunction with the Del Norte Solid Waste Management Authority and the California Coastal Commission will be sponsoring and hosting coastal cleanups in Crescent City and the Del Norte Coast on Saturday, September 17th for California Coastal Cleanup Day from 9am-12pm.

Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation and Tolowa Dunes Stewards will be hosting a second cleanup in Smith River, CA at the Xaa-wan’-k’wvt Hall Community Center the same time and day, so the choice is yours! Learn more about the Smith River Cleanup here.

Background and Event Information

California Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event in the state. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people come out to California’s coastline to participate in keeping our waterways and coast clean. To see all cleanups for September 17th, follow this link to the California Coastal Commission.

In 2020 alone, over 19,000 people participated during California Coastal Cleanup Day, collecting over 180,000 lbs of debris. An estimated 4,000 lbs was collected in Del Norte county during the 2020 event.

We will be hosting a basecamp where volunteers will be able to sign-in, fill out paperwork, get supplies and drop off trash found during the cleanup across the street from Schmidt’s House of Jambalaya. We plan to host a safety talk at 9AM before splitting into smaller groups to clean up different sections of the coast.  Please try to arrive 5-minutes before to fill out paperwork.

Be sure to download the Clean Swell App on your smartphone to record everything you find! You can learn more about the Clean Swell App. We use this information to track the amount of trash and what kind of trash is found along our coast.



Please register for the event by using the RSVP form or by emailing Gustavo at

RSVP is not required to attend the event, but it does help us bring enough supplies and snacks for everyone who is attending. Volunteers will be required to RSVP If you are a large group or school group, please contact Gustavo at before the event.



Your safety is very important to us during every event that we host.  For this reason, we ask that you please:

  • Bring closed toe shoes during the event, this helps protect your feet from heavy or sharp objects.
  • Bring a water bottle and sunscreen. This will help us in reducing single-use plastics.
  • Bring your own preferred gloves. We will have gloves available as well.
  • Be aware of the ocean. Sneaker waves can occur at any time.
  • Stay home if you are feeling sick. Please follow County and State guidelines regarding COVID-19.

The Smith River Alliance is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in Del Norte County. Cleanup events like California Coastal Cleanup Day are supported by grants, as well as donations by organizations and individuals. Please consider making a donation to help us continue providing programs like this.