Community Invited to Help Clean up Litter from Trails and Turnouts for Earth Day

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Santa Barbara Channelkeeper's Watershed Brigade will host a dispersed clean-up event April 24-25 to complement local Earth Day celebrations. The event provides an opportunity for community members to get outside and do something good for the Earth. 

The focus of the April 24-25 clean-up is on front country trails and turnouts, where trash often accumulates. Trailside litter flows through creeks and storm drains directly to the ocean. The Watershed Brigade’s community of environmental volunteers works to prevent this. 

For this dispersed event, volunteers will head out independently to different trails, front country parking areas, and turnouts along the South Coast to remove trash. The goal over the weekend of April 24-25 is to clean trails and turnouts throughout Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. Organizers have created a map and sign-up form to ensure that participants target as many trail areas as possible.

Channelkeeper’s Watershed Brigade is a community of volunteers dedicated to keeping our local watersheds and beaches clean. Brigade members remove trash from trails, creeks, rivers, urban areas, and beaches; act as environmental stewards; and collect litter data used to help reduce pollution at its source. By sharing their photos and info, volunteers earn points that make them eligible for perks and prizes.

Earth Day is April 22, and while this year’s celebration is virtual, the Watershed Brigade invites the community to complement the online festivities by heading outdoors to clean up trash.  Making sure that our environment is litter-free is a great way to honor the Earth while supporting Channelkeeper's goal to make water swimmable, fishable, and drinkable for all.

Community members can help the organization achieve this by signing up to clean a trail area in the watershed. Visit https://www.sbck.org/brigade/watershed-brigade-event/ for information or email [email protected]

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Channelfog Apr 21, 2021 04:21 AM
Community Invited to Help Clean up Litter from Trails and Turnouts for Earth Day

Blame cleans nothing. It feels really good to come off the beach with a 20lb bag of trash of "THEIR mess" or a tire etc. There is also the vandalism effect: uncleaned graffiti, trash etc invites more. Few ant to be the first to trash something.
A most effective approach would for people to turn out immediately after heavy rains to clean what is washing onto the beach. Better yet would be pre-rain creek bed clean-ups, though that is hard and sometimes sketchy.
To rephrase homeland security; "If you see something, pick it up."

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