The scouts and community members removed 150 pounds of trash, while learning firsthand how inland water pollution affects the ocean’s health. Creek cleanups are especially important for Orange County’s water quality because streams and flood control channels drain with the winter rains into the region’s bays and ocean. Between 60-80 percent of debris in the ocean comes from inland sources.
Coastkeeper will use data from the day’s cleanup to evaluate community cleanup effectiveness and promote best practices for the public to reduce litter in local streams and rivers. Coastkeeper is a nonprofit clean water organization that serves as a proactive steward of our fresh and saltwater ecosystems.