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.
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.
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.