Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Palo Alto) released the following statement today in recognition of California Coastal Cleanup Day, observed on September 15, 2012:
"California's coast is one of the world's most beautiful and productive natural resources, and vigilant stewardship is required to preserve it for future generations. It's especially important to participate in California Coastal Cleanup Day this year as our shoreline has begun to feel the effects of debris from the Japanese tsunami. Our goal should be to conserve, protect, and enhance the ecological integrity and cultural legacy of our magnificent coast."
Rep. Eshoo is a strong advocate in Congress for measures to protect and conserve our coastal and ocean resources. She has worked to enhance the working relationship between the two marine sanctuaries of the 14th Congressional District (Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay) and their local partners and stakeholders. She has supported the sanctuary work at Pillar Point Harbor, and worked with Rep. Sam Farr to secure federal funding for a Sanctuary Visitors' Center in Santa Cruz.
About California Coastal Cleanup Day:
California Coastal Day Cleanup Day is an annual inland waterway and beach cleanup and the state's largest volunteer event. In 2010, over 82,500 volunteers removed more than 1.2 million pounds of trash and recyclables from beaches, lakes, and waterways. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by the Ocean Conservancy, and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events in the world.