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KWCB Coastal Cleanup
September 21, 2013
Coastal Cleanup 2013
Keep Wakulla County Beautiful
By Jo Ann Palmer
At 9 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, hundreds of volunteers from Wakulla, Leon, Jefferson and Franklin counties will converge on the beaches, marshes, roads and rivers of Wakulla County to clean up trash and debris.
These volunteers will be participating in the 28th International Coastal Cleanup hosted locally by Keep Wakulla County Beautiful (KWCB). Volunteers are here for this annual event because of their common interest in the environment and a desire to help our community. They will be counted as part of the 500,000 other volunteers worldwide who will collectively gather and properly dispose of more than 10 million pounds of trash, making a global difference in one day.
KWCB works all year long to remove trash and debris from our roadways and waterways. We identify the sources of the debris while educating our citizens to change the behaviors that allow it to end up on our roadways and reach the ocean in the first place. Unfortunately, trash still arrives.
Volunteers spend a morning picking up everything from cigarette butts and food wrappers to lost fishing nets and major appliances. Trash travels to the ocean by way of storm drains and waterways and endangers wildlife, beachgoers and our delicate environment.
The five major sites for the 2013 cleanup will be St. Marks Refuge, Shell Point, Mashes Sands, St. Marks River Park and Bottoms Road in Panacea. Volunteers can either proceed directly to the site of their choice or come directly to Woolley Park in Panacea. At any site, you will sign in and be directed to an area to clean. You can sign up in Panacea and find out more information on all the sites. You do not have to be familiar with the sites to participate. Volunteers can find out more information and sign up early by sending an email to [email protected]
The first 500 participants will also receive a complimentary T-shirt. Even though this is hard, hot work, we know it is so important and we appreciate everyone coming out to support this great effort.
We challenge you to get your group together, get registered and come prepared on Sept. 21. You should wear comfortable shoes, tennis shoes are ideal, bring a hat, gloves, sunscreen and insect repellent. Bags will be provided. Registration is available for a group or individual by sending an email to: [email protected] If you have any questions, call the office of KWCB at (850) 745-7111. We look forward to seeing you in September. Visit our website at www.kwcb.org.
Remember, reuse where possible, recycle and reduce your trash. It’s good for everyone! Details: 2013 Flyercoastal_cleanup