Monday, September 12, 2011

Calendar: International Coastal Cleanup, September 17 and on

The Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup engages people around the world to remove trash and debris from the world's beaches and waterways, identify the sources of debris, and change the behaviors that cause ocean trash in the first place. This year's cleanup is this Saturday, September 17.

You don't have to go all the way to the beach to help out. What falls into our local waterways eventually makes its way out to the Chesapeake Bay and on to the ocean. So find the closest site to you and spend a couple of hours keeping that trash out of the water.

Here are the events that were listed when we checked a week ago. Links are to the sign up page for each cleanup.

Saturday, September 17:

Anacostia River at Anacostia Park, with the Anacostia Watershed Society and others, 8:30 AM Daingerfield Island off the GW Memorial Parkway, with Clean Virginia Waterways, 9:00 AM
Roosevelt Island by Kayak, 9:00 AM
Riverside Park on the GW Memorial Parkway, 9:00 AM
Cabin John Stream, 2:00 PM
Four Mile Run at Barcroft Park, with Arlingtontonians for a Clean Environment, 1:00 PM

Additional cleanups in October:

Rock Creek, September 24 at 9:30 AM
Sligo Creek, September 24 at 9:00 AM
Great Falls VA, September 25 at 10:00 AM
Alexandria Seaport Center, with Alexandria Seaport Foundation, October 8 at 9:00 AM
Lake Accotink Park, October 15 at 9:00 AM
Oronco Bay Park, with the City of Alexandria, October 15 at 9:00 AM
Hidden Oaks Nature Center, October 15 at 9:00 AM
Huntley Meadows, October 15 at 9:00 AM

As always, there are lots more events on our calendar. Enjoy!