Usually, about 1000 locals volunteers participate, with about 400 high school students among them. This year had a low turnout, with no more than five Costa Mesa High School students in attendance. In the words of the program coordinator, Patrick McCaffrey, “It’s…a much smaller turnout this year unfortunately, but there may be several reasons for that. Like the bad weather or it could be we are not the only event going on today.”
According to park rangers, 80% of garbage comes from inland, gets washed down, and ends up on our shorelines in a process known as watershed.
This is the only day of the year that the general public is allowed in the marshes because endangered species of birds nest in the marshes for most of the year.
The clean up day was a very informative day for all ages. When asked why she attended, Trinity Le, a local mother, said, “I came because I wanted to teach my children values, to preserve the environment, rather then destroy it.” Volunteer Jessica Scott said “This is a great place for the kids because they learn to respect the environment.”
Written by McKenna Patton
Photos by Rocye Friedmann