Estero Bluffs Cleanup, Sept. 18

Bluffs cleanup

Written by Estero Bay News

September 10, 2021

The Cayucos Land Conservancy is organizing a volunteer, cleanup, work day to tidy up the Estero Bluffs State Park and its many little beaches.

The cleanup is set for 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 18. Volunteers are asked to meet at “Killer’s” surf spot, a.k.a. the Fig Tree parking lot, at the northerly end of Ocean Avenue (where the tugboat is shipwrecked).

Bring water, a bucket and trash grabber, wear gloves and a hat, too and be prepared for inclement weather (either hot or cold). And be sure to wear sunscreen and good walking shoes.

The plan is to spread out in groups and scour the 4-mile long coastal bluffs for trash and other junk. The cleanup is in coordination with the Ocean Conservancy’s worldwide effort to clean up the earth’s waterways.

According to the Ocean Conservancy website: “Join a global movement to keep beaches, waterways and the ocean trash free. Head out to your favorite beach and use the app to easily record each item of trash you collect. Then share your effort with family and friends” (see: oceanconservancy.org/trash-free-seas/international-coastal-cleanup/cleanswell).

The CLC invites participants to download the app and keep track of the items you pick up for uploading to the OC’s database, as an interesting way to possibly get the kids involved.

And if you can’t make it to Cayucos, The Environmental Center of SLO County (ECOSLO) is coordinating waterway cleanups across the county and is offering cleanup kits to participants. It’s the 37th Annual Coastal Cleanup Day and this year it’s a 2-week long event. 

According to the ECOSLO website, “The way it will work is that you will signup for a cleanup kit, which is set up for up to five people, and do a personal trash cleanup at your local park or neighborhood. The reasoning for this strategy is to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers.”

As most everyone would agree, trash in the creeks, rivers and beaches is bad and without regular cleanups, could get much worse, including doing serious harm to the natural environment. Go to: www.ecoslo.org and click on the link at the top of the home page, to learn more about the kits and the cleanup efforts.

To get involved with the Cayucos Land Conservancy and have professional skills that would benefit the organization, they would love it if you joined their efforts, which right now include working to preserve the Chevron ranchlands east of Morro Bay. Email to: cayucoslandconservancy@gmail.com. See: www.cayucoslandconservancy.org/blogs/news for more on the CLC.

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