The success of this program will be dependent upon dedicated
sponsors and participants, who care so much about our
beaches and clean ocean water quality that they want
to get involved in making a difference.
“Never doubt that a small
group of thoughtful committed citizens can change
the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever
Q. What is Adopt a Beach?
A. Individuals, Families, Businesses, Organizations or
Clubs select an area of beach that they will be responsible
for cleaning up, at least twice a month. They will
be given a large litter and debris collection bucket,
calipers (litter grabbers) and a data recording sheet.
There is no fee to Adopt a Beach.
Q. Why has the Watershed Task Force decided to adopt this
A. Litter on the Beach is a problem! Litter comes from
human activity. Public participation and “ownership” are
critical ingredients in making a real difference in protecting
and improving the water quality of our local beaches
and the watersheds leading to them.
Q. How does litter get there?
A. Basically, litter is deposited on the beach in three ways:
1. It is carried through our gutters and storm drains (as urban runoff) to
your favorite beach. As runoff flows over roads, bridges, parking lots, rooftops
and other impervious surfaces to get to the gutters, it picks up anything
and everything-- including many or all of the following ingredients: discarded
plastic bags, dead balloons, fast food containers and cigarette butts, (trash
and litter), dirt and sediments, household cleaners and soaps, chemicals,
metal particles, brake pad lining, leaves, lawnmower clippings, pet waste,
oil, grease and gasoline from car leaks, paints, fertilizers, herbicides,
and seepage from faulty or blocked sewer systems.
These things end up on your favorite beach and in the water you surf, swim
and play in.
2. It is deposited directly ON the Beach by careless beachgoers.
3. It comes from ships that are dumping in the ocean.
Q. Besides the UGLINESS and blight, why should we be concerned?
A. Trash, litter and debris act like little sailboats
headed for the beach. Litter and debris can also
provide a friendly environment where bacteria and
viruses from pet wastes, and other sources, can grow.
(Like Fungus Critters growing under toenails). Research
indicates that there is an increased rate of illness
(fever, chills, gastroenteritis, rashes, dysentery,
hepatitis, ear, nose and throat problems and respiratory
illness ) among people who surf, swim or play in
or are exposed to bacteria laden ocean water.
Q. How can I sign up to Adopt a Beach?
You can sign up by contacting us via email info@SCWatersheds.com
or phone (949) 36-Ocean (62326).
Q. When I Adopt a Beach, what will I be doing?
You and your team will collect trash in your designated
area. One person (or more) will collect the trash
and another person will record the type of trash
on a tally sheet. (ex. cans, plastic, cigarette butts,
styrofoam, etc) The information is sent to the San
Clemente Watershed Task Force where the data is recorded
We have pictures and video of the Poche team in action, collecting over 100LB's of trash, check them out here
a Beach - It’s easy…it’s fun… and
To select your stretch of sand or for more information:
(949) 36-Ocean (62326)