Story and photos by Kristin Kjaero
October 7, 2009 (Lake Murray)—In honor of this year’s 25th California Cleanup Day on September 19, Coastal Cleanup Day in San Diego County was bigger than ever. 10,032 volunteers in the county (up from 7,800 last year) covered 163 miles of coast and inland waterways to collect 101,933 pounds of trash and recyclables.
Volunteers combed 80 sites county wide in canyons, urban areas, beach, bay, creeks, lakes and all sorts of habitats and environments for trash on foot, as well as by boat at Bonita Cove, Dixon Lake and Lake Murray, and an underwater dive off the Embarcadero.
They also took on beautification projects including painting a mural at Carlsbad State Beach, stenciling storm drains and beach rules on the sea wall at Belmont Park, and building a patio and general landscaping at Rose House Foster Care Center in El Cajon.
The generations came together at the Lake Murray site, which specialized in youth organizations and families. 238 volunteers picked up 197 bags containing 339 pounds of trash, making it the biggest ever cleanup at the lakel.
Our photos were taken at the Lake Murray Cleanup.