"When you put your hand in a flowing stream, you touch the last that has gone before and the first that is still to come."
Leonardo da Vinci
The San Francisco Bay is the largest estuary on the West Coast of the U.S. where fresh water from the Central Valley mixes with the salt water of the Pacific. Crabs, clams, fish and birds live in its deepwater channels, marshes and tidelands.

Coastal Cleanup Day

How to Get Involved in the Largest Cleanup Event on the Planet

photo 1 Merritt college studnts w trash and recycle2016 marks the 32nd anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day, and you can be a part of this international cleanup event!

Last year 68,000+ volunteers from around the state came out to pick up 1,142,99 pounds of debris from our creeks and shorelines. Everyone can help make a difference!

This year, YOU can join The Watershed Project and many other local organizations from all over Contra Costa County for Coastal Cleanup Day. Bring your family and friends to help clean up our shorelines and creeks.


Saturday, September 17, 2016


9am - 12 noon


You, your family, your neighbors, your friends + 5000 other volunteers around the county.


Richmond Shoreline @ Shimada Friendship Park - Click here to register

Albany Bulb - Click here to register

As well as multiple locations throughout Contra Costa County, including other sites in Richmond, El Cerrito, Orinda, Pinole, Pittsburg, Bay Point, and many more. - Click here to register or consult the map below to get contact information for each site’s host.


All cleanup supplies are provided—however, in an effort to make this event as waste-free as possible we encourage everyone to bring their own refillable water bottle, bucket and gloves. For safety, wear closed-toed shoes to avoid stepping on anything sharp. And be sure to remember a hat and sunscreen for proper sun protection.

Small sifters and rakes are great for kids so that they can spend time looking for marine debris around the beach area.

photo (2) sand sifting

In addition to the cleanup, we also provide data cards, which are used by volunteers to indicate which type of trash they come across most often. The data is then collected and sent to the Ocean Conservancy which uses the information to develop strategies for reducing marine debris. We will have great prizes donated from local businesses for volunteers that fill out a data card.

Call to Kayakers!

We are looking for experienced kayakers to join the Flotsam Flotilla and help clean up the mess that has already reached the Bay. Experienced kayakers are welcome to join us in their own boat. If you are interested, please email Paula White (paula@thewatersheproject.org) or call 510-665-3430.

Waiver forms

Each volunteer must have a signed waiver form to participate. Children must be accompanied by an adult. To save time at the registration table, print and complete waiver here. [English | Español]

For further information, e-mail Paula White (paula@thewatershedproject.org), visit one of the event pages listed above, or call (510) 665-3430.

Support for this event is provided by The Watershed Project. Major sponsors include: the California Coastal Commission, the City of Albany, the City of Richmond, Wareham Development, Mechanics Bank, Kaiser Permanente and Contra Costa County.