Due to the COVID 19 pandemic California Coastal Cleanup Day will take a different form this year. Now more than ever our beaches, inland waterways and neighborhood parks need our attention. Clean water and protecting our watersheds are vital for a healthy environment and a healthy society.

Instead of a one-day gathering, Coastwalk and the California Coastal Commission are inviting you to “Protect Your Happy Place” in order to remove harmful debris while helping to slow the spread of the corona virus and asks all our volunteers to maintain all safety precautions recommended by the State of California Health Departments  such as wearing a mask when in public and maintaining the safe social distancing protocol.

Honoring the spirit of the 36th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, Coastwalk has reimagined Coastal Cleanup Day and has created the Coastwalk Cleanup Crew.

More than just a one-day cleanup the Coastwalk Cleanup Crew program is intended to engage our community in being part of the solution in marine debris removal by encouraging multiple cleanups and data collection through-out the year and until we can safely hold a large event.

Individuals and Families (up to 6) can register, choose a beach to cleanup, get supply kits, instructions on safe cleanups and learn how to use the Clean Swell App to record the data on types of debris collected.

JOIN US in keeping our Coast beautiful all year long!


Click here for more info and to join the Coastwalk Cleanup Crew!*

* The Coastwalk Cleanup Crew is a one-year pilot program for the Sonoma Coast that your support will help spread to other California coastal counties.



California Coastal Cleanup Day, an annual beach and inland waterways cleanup, is the State’s largest volunteer event. In 2019, in Sonoma County  volunteers removed more than 38,890 pounds of trash and 1458 pounds of recyclables from the Sonoma coast and inland waterways.

When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup day activities, organized by the Ocean Conservancy on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day has become part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.


California’s coast and waterways have historically been collecting spots for annual accumulations of trash and debris. This debris, if not removed, can be fatal to all manner of marine wildlife, damages our State’s economy, and can even become a human health hazard.

Coastal Cleanup is fun! It is a great way for families, students, service groups and neighbors, to join together, take care of our fragile marine environment, show community support for our shared natural resources and impact future public policy to protect our coastline and environment.