Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is one of the world’s largest annual preservation and protection events and volunteer efforts for our ocean, waves and beaches. Surfrider Foundation chapters engage and motivate their communities to take action at local beach cleanups. The cumulative result is not only a cleaner and healthier coastline but also a raised consciousness for accessible actions people can integrate into their lives to promote healthy beaches on a daily basis. 

Surfrider Volunteers at the Ventura Promenade

The Impact: CCD 2021

This year’s preliminary results for all of Ventura County remind us that it only takes a small group of people to make a big impact.

  • 1,654 volunteers
  • 13,498 pounds of trash
  • 453 pounds of recyclables
  • 29.87 miles covered
  • 227 volunteers brought they own reusable supplies

Since its inception 35 years ago, over 16 million volunteers have collected more than 340 million pounds of trash across 100 countries in celebration of ICCD (full article).

Do you care about addressing issues such as plastic pollution, climate change, and/or clean water? Have you always been interested becoming a volunteer with one of our programs, but want to know a little more about the positions? Tune in to our Volunteer Recruitment Night on October 5th, from 6:30-8pm to hear from our program leads and hear about new opportunities!

Surfrider Volunteers at Ormond Beach Lagoon

Beach cleanups are a powerful tool in the fight against plastic pollution. Not only do they help spread awareness of the plastic pollution crisis, but they can provide valuable insights into what is ending up on our beaches and in our waterways. By collecting data during cleanups, we are able to get a clearer picture of the types of products most commonly ending up as pollutioin. Surfrider then uses this data to help inform policy decisions and push for plastic reduction legislation. Spoiler alert: Single-use plastics are consistently found during beach cleanups!

This year, Surfrider hosted cleanups at 4 sites from Ormond Beach, Oxnard, to the Ventura Promenade. With the help of over 350 volunteers, we removed over 4,927 lbs of trash from the Ventura County coastline.

Location #1-4: Ormond Beach, Oxnard

  • 350+ Volunteers
  • Ormond Lagoon Island: 980lbs of Trash Removed
  • Ormond Beach off Arnold Road: 155lbs

Location #5: Ventura Promenade/California Street

  • 130+ Volunteers
  • 272 lbs of Trash Removed

Spotlight on the Site Hosts and Core Volunteers for Making ICCD Happen

Big thanks to site captains Laura Oergel, Danielle Rose, Cassie Rogers, Coastal Keepers, Joan Tharp, David and Patty Scrivner, and Steven Gama with Port Hueneme Reach for all your hard work in coordinating the cleanup sites

Thank you to the donors and sponsors of CCD

Name a better duo! Thank you Topa Topa, Proud Source Water, and Pure Wild Co for supporting clean water and healthy beaches