San Diego Coastkeeper and SeaWorld Cares are teaming up for the 3rd annual Mission Possible: Clean the Bay Day on Saturday, October 25, from 8-11am. Mission Possible beat its own record in 2013 by removing more than 561 pounds of trash polluting Mission Bay. This weekend brings the annual land and water cleanup event back to South Shores Park. People come in boats, kayaks, paddleboards and on foot to incorporate what makes the bay enjoyable into how they help clean it. Last year over 200 volunteers came out and removed nearly six hundred pounds of trash from the beach, park, and waters around South Shores Park
So far in 2014, volunteers have removed 1,447 pounds of debris during Coastkeeper cleanups hosted at beaches on Mission Bay and nearby Mission Beach. Marine debris impairs water quality, degrades coastal habitats and harms wildlife through entanglement or ingestion.
Last year’s Mission Possible attracted hundreds of volunteers who removed over a quarter ton of trash from Mission Bay in three hours. They removed a sailboat rudder, a metal pipe, a shopping cart, 454 plastic bags, 563 plastic food wrappers and 1,499 cigarette butts.
Paddleboarders, kayakers and water-loving volunteers who treasure Mission Beach and Mission Bay are invited to this free event located at South Shores Park on Mission Bay (I-5 to exit 21 for SeaWorld Drive. Right onto S Shores Park Driveway). Participants have the chance to win SeaWorld prizes, can enjoy lunch from Rubio's following the event and are encouraged to bring reusable containers for trash, work gloves, sunscreen and plenty of water. Boats may launch or tie up at the ramp in South Shores Park.
For more information, visit sdcoastkeeper.org, call (619) 758-7743 – ext. 131 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.