The 2nd annual Coastal Clean Up day in Colusa drew twice as many volunteers and collected more than 10 times the trash and recyclables as in its first event last year.
Even with the downpour of rain on Saturday, September 21st the volunteers didn’t waiver.
The event is part of a statewide Coastal Clean Up. Colusa County took part with the help of Premier Mushrooms Inc., Central Valley Gas Storage, Steelhead Lodge Bar & Grill and Tommy’s Market Street Grill, Net Impact Sacramento, California Coastal Commission and the River Partners.
It included a tour of the mushroom farm, river ecology and nature walk and time spent cleaning up the banks along the river at the State Park in Colusa. The day finished with a barbecue lunch at Steelhead Lodge Bar & Grill.
Last year, a smaller group gathered just over 67 pounds of trash and recyclables. This year’s efforts expanded further along the riverbank and on the nature walk discovering far more refuse.
Weighing in at 720 pounds, the group discovered discarded tires, a shell of a washing machine, a recliner and other household items. The group also packed many bags filled with paper, bottles, cans and other items.
Premier Mushrooms sustainability coordinator Kevin Foley organized the event and commented with great satisfaction on the increased participation and results.
“With more people involved this year, I expect this will just continue to grow and be bigger with each year,” he said.
Volunteers for this year’s event included students, adults of all ages including senior citizens, and retirees. City Council member Marilyn Acree and Colusa County Supervisor Chair Denise Carter and volunteers from Safe Haven Drop-In Center in Colusa also took part.
“California Coastal Cleanup Day is an opportunity we have to invite every Californian, to help us protect and restore our coast and ocean,” said Eben Schwartz, Marine Debris Program Manager for the California Coastal Commission. “Our communities joined by water, and the litter and debris can pollute our coast and ocean and harm marine wildlife.”