Our Give a Day for the Bay volunteer campaign came to a close this past weekend, and we are very happy with the results!
Here is a breakdown by the numbers:
6 partner organizations offered volunteer opportunities to benefit the bay.
10 cleanups happened, with 9 along the water’s edge, and 1 under the water.
192 volunteers gave a total of 572.5 hours to keeping Morro Bay clean and healthy!
Thank you partners and volunteers for your hard work!
Below, you’ll find pictures of Give a Day for the Bay volunteers in action. Enjoy!
Tsunami Debris Cleanup on the Sandspit at Montana de Oro
37 volunteers picked up 90 pounds of trash. Families and friends came together to get the job done!
Cleanup of South Bay Boulevard
10 volunteers picked up trash along South Bay Boulevard, and had fun while they worked.
Cleanup of the Elfin Forest Shoreline
5 volunteers spent 15 total hours skimming, hauling, and pulling trash from the shoreline of the Elfin Forest by canoe. They even pulled this skiff out of the water!
Three Cleanups of Centennial Parkway in August, September, and October
At the final cleanup of Centennial Parkway, 10 volunteers weeded and then planted succulents. Over the course of the Give a Day for the Bay volunteer campaign, people gave a collective 72 hours to keeping this park clean, free of invasive plants, and full of drought-tolerant natives.
International Coastal Cleanup Day on the Sandspit
Our crew picked up 18 pounds of trash from the sandspit, which is essential habitat for many birds, including the snowy plover.
Underwater Cleanup in Morro Bay
51 volunteers gave a total of 230 hours. According to Depth Perceptions Diving Services owner, Chuck Rawlins, they pulled an amazing assortment of trash from the bottom of the bay, including 13 tires, 10 sections of PVC pipe, a rubber floor mat, 69 glass bottles, 8 cans, 6 burlap sacks, 4 plastic bottles, 1 foam mat, a metal sorting table, a mop handle, 3 coils of rope, a hand truck, a grapple hook, a toilet tank, a marine toilet, 2 crab nets, 2 electric motors, a crock pot, a milk crate, 2 swordfish bills, 2 metal pots, a bumper, 5 sections of rubber dock molding, a ladder, a garden hose,a fishing pole & reel, 2 bricks, a dust buster, a boot, 3 crab traps, a radio, a coffee mug, a stool, bilge pump, a baby stroller, a knife, an ash tray, a tape measure, sun glasses, a large fish trap, and lots of fishing line & hooks. They were busy!
Cleanup of Bayshore Bluffs Park
Taylor Newton and Trina Dougherty of the Eco Rotary Club of Morro Bay pause on a newly raked gravel path for a photo. On this day, 12 people gave 25 hours of work to keep this park clean and free of trash that might blow into our waters.
Cleanup at Morro Rock
30 volunteers picked up 72 pounds of trash in just two hours!
Thank you to all who participated! You made a positive difference for the Morro Bay National Estuary, the people who love it, and the plants and animals that depend on it.