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Clean a Beach and Adopt It

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010 | Posted by

Sonoma County is doing its part in the statewide 26th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, September 25th.

Last year’s Cleanup Day had over 80,600 volunteers across the state collect 1,300,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from the beaches, lakes, and waterways.

The event is part of the California Coastal Commissions’ Public Education Program.

Doran Beach in Bodega Bay is one of this year’s particular targets for Sonoma County Regional Parks.

This two mile, flat stretch of sand is easily accessible, as is State Parks Salmon Creek Beach up the coast.

Most Sonoma Coast beaches, however, are in small, rocky coves and have to be climbed down to.

Sand is replaced by what appears to be gravel, but is often tiny rocks, smooth-polished by river and ocean action.

Relaxing on a towel or blanket safely away from the shoreline, it is possible to just reach around you and find dozens in different shapes and colors.

Doran Beach, though, is the place to go for soft sand under your feet and uncluttered space above.

Ideal for picnics and flying kites, it is about as close as you can come to a Southern California beach (as if you wanted to be down there).

Doran’s popularity brings a lot of visitors and, unfortunately, a lot of trash.

Volunteers are asked to meet at 9:00am at the Cypress Day Use parking area out on Doran Beach Road for a short briefing on working safely; for instance, following that very important rule of “Never turn your back on the water.”

Water, snacks, bags, and gloves will be provided, and the cleanup is expected to end at around noon.

The day entrance fee into Doran Park will be waived for anyone participating in the cleanup, according to Regional Parks Volunteer Coordinator, John Ryan.

Regional Parks advises wearing long pants and sleeves, sturdy shoes, a hat, and sunscreen. Call John at 707-565-3356 or email him at parksvolunteer@sonoma-county.org.

You can’t take it home with you, but you can officially “adopt” a beach.

California’s Adopt-a-Beach program encourages a group to sign up and promise to clean “their beach” at least three times every year.

Schools can also sign up and do a single cleanup, sometimes followed by a “re-adopt” cleanup at the end of the school year.

To learn more and get an application, call 1-800-COAST-4U (1-800-262-7848) or go to www.coast4u.org.

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Andrea Granahan is our Bodega area correspondent.
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