MORNING AFTER MESS BEACH CLEAN UP

San Diego Beaches - Ocean Beach Pier
Meet north of the pier, south of the lifeguard station at Veteran's Plaza
San Diego, CA 92107
United States

Event Description:

Friday, July 5th from 9am to NOON, Surfrider and Alt 949 will be cleaning up the Morning after Mess on five various beaches across San Diego:  Ocean Beach Pier, Ocean Beach Dog Park, Crystal Pier in PB,  Belmont Park in Mission Beach and Oceanside Pier.

The Alt 949 Subaru Street Team will be onsite at the OB Pier location helping clean the beach after the 4th of July festivities. Stop by, help out with a great cause, and enter for your chance to win FREE TICKETS!

Thousands of residents and visitors will flock to San Diego’s beaches to enjoy the Fourth of July holiday next week. However, if they were to visit that same coastline the morning after they would find an unsightly mess of thousands of pounds of trash left behind. Thankfully, the Surfrider Foundation San Diego County, along with partners I Love a Clean San Diego, San Diego River Park Foundation and San Diego Coastkeeper, will be leading major cleanup efforts and are asking the community to participate.

On Friday, July 5 th , the Surfrider Foundation is inviting beach-lovers of all ages to join in the Morning After Mess cleanup series hosted from 9am to Noon at the Ocean Beach Pier, Ocean Beach Dog Park, Belmont Park at Mission Beach, Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach, and Oceanside Pier. The Surfrider Foundation will host the Ocean Beach Pier and Oceanside Pier sites. Partner organizations I Love A Clean San Diego, San Diego Coastkeeper, and San Diego River Park Foundation will be hosting Belmont Park, Crystal Pier, and OB Dog Beach respectively.

The cleanup is open to the public, available for individuals to participate for the whole event or part of the event. Bags and gloves will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own reusable bag or bucket, and gloves to cut down on single-use plastic waste. Surfrider San Diego’s Beach Cleanup Coordinator, Kate Shoemaker, stated “that these cleanups are really important for everyone to come back out to the beach and see what a mess we leave our beaches. That visual impacts the individual and really makes us think about how we treat our environment.”

Last year’s Morning After Mess saw a turnout of nearly 700 volunteers. Together, they removed 1,523 pounds of trash from four beaches in only three hours, including 6,496 cigarette butts. Without the collective volunteer effort, all this litter may have washed into the sea where it would add to the already critical pollution problem devastating the world’s oceans today.

The Surfrider Foundation San Diego has a handful of programs working to fight plastic pollution in San Diego. The Rise Above Plastics program has been a key player in introducing and passing single-use plastic and polystyrene ordinances across San Diego County. The program uses outreach, education and advocacy to cut down on single-use plastics and cigarette butts before they reach the coast.

Beach Clean Up Locations: 
Surfrider: Oceanside Pier- Meet on the north side of the pier, on the beach.
Surfrider: Ocean Beach- Meet north of the pier, south of the lifeguard station at Veteran's Plaza
SD River Park Foundation: near OB Dog Park staging at the grassy area just inside the Dog Beach parking lot in Ocean Beach at the western end of Voltaire Ave. Closest address is 5142 W Point Loma Blvd San Diego, CA 92107.
I Love A Clean San Diego: Mission Beach Belmont Park 
San Diego Coastkeeper: Pacific Beach- Meet at Crystal Pier