Volunteer to Clean Up the World's Oceans, Coasts, and Watersheds

EPA celebrates International Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, September 15, 2007. Assistant Administrator for Water, Benjamin H. Grumbles, will help kick-off during a local clean-up event at Anacostia Park in Washington, DC, at 9 A.M., alongside Vikki Spruill, Ocean Conservancy President, and Captain Steve Kozak, Chief of Staff for NOAA's National Ocean Service. The International Coastal Cleanup is held annually during the morning of the third Saturday in September.

The event is coordinated by The Ocean Conservancy (formerly the Center for Marine Conservation) and partially funded by EPA. The ICC includes over 100 countries and territories bordering every major body of water on Earth. It is the world's largest volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment and collect marine environmental data from both land and underwater sites. In 2006, over 350,000 people around the world removed about seven million pounds of debris from more than 34,000 miles of coasts, shorelines, and underwater sites.

Please join the hundreds of thousands of people in the world who will be part of this year's International Coastal Cleanup. For more information, please visit the Ocean Conservancy Web site at www.coastalcleanup.org.

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