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Beach cleanup effort sacks 533 pounds of debris from Gaviota to Ventura

The weekend beach cleanup by volunteers and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper bagged hundreds of pounds of trash. (Photo: Channelkeeper)
The weekend beach cleanup by volunteers and Santa Barbara Channelkeeper bagged hundreds of pounds of trash. (Photo: Channelkeeper)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The weekend effort to support World Water Day resulted in a big haul thanks to volunteers from Gaviota to Ventura.

The event took place on March 20 to 21 and was coordinated through Santa Barbara Channelkeeper.

Around 50 volunteers covered 17 beaches along the coast using their special grabbers, buckets and bags to clean the coastlines.

Volunteers also wore their personal protective gear to stay safe during the pandemic.

The effort was along the waterfront, in creek zones and on mountain trails.

The group says 29 bags of trash, the equivalent of a reported 350 pounds, was picked up.

In the haul, they reported picking up microplastics, face masks, cigarette butts, bags, balloons,  bottles and wrappers.

They spent a total of 67 hours.

For more information go to: Santa Barbara Channelkeeper

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