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Creek to Bay Cleanup 2015 Set to Clean Record 106 Sites Countywide PDF Print E-mail

SAN DIEGO, CA – For the first time in its history, I Love A Clean San Diego’s (ILACSD) signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup, will host more than 100 inland and coastal cleanup sites simultaneously throughout San Diego County. The event, reaching from Oceanside to San Ysidro as well as Ocean Beach to Alpine, hopes to engage more than 6,000 volunteers to protect and enhance the local environment. The majority of trash originates at inland sources and for that reason, ILACSD focuses much of its efforts and cleanup sites inland (81 sites), while still maintaining a strong presence along the coast (25 sites). ILACSD encourages volunteers of all ages to participate in this one-day clean sweep, happening Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Registration is now open for the 13th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. To learn more information about the cleanup and sign up online, visit As the magnitude of the Creek to Bay Cleanup has increased, ILACSD asks that each volunteer #GiveABuck For the Environment and commit to donating $1 or more at the event to help offset the cost of coordinating such a large-scale effort.

Thirteen years ago, ILACSD hosted its first Creek to Bay Cleanup with only 27 cleanup sites and 2,000 volunteers. Since then, the event has continued to grow. In 2014, ILACSD successfully mobilized more than 5,000 volunteers, despite stormy weather, to remove 100 tons of debris from their local communities during the three-hour event. The removal of trash is not the only focus of this annual event. Volunteers will also beautify and restore the local environment by way of graffiti removal, native planting, invasive plant removal and park maintenance. ILACSD hopes to engage thousands of San Diego residents to beautify and restore local bays, canyons, parks and beaches. A complete list of cleanup sites is available on the event website,

In order to reduce the waste generated as part of this large-scale cleanup, ILACSD encourages volunteers to Bring Their Own Reusables. Reusable cleanup supplies include a plastic bucket, work gloves and a canteen for water. To incentivize participation among youth, ILACSD is once again hosting a Bling Your Bucket contest, where kids can decorate their own reusable plastic bucket and snap a photo using it at the cleanup. Additionally, all scout troops that participate may request patches to commemorate their volunteer efforts. ILACSD continues its partnership with Sony Electronics who sponsors the annual Creek to Bay photo contest. This year, the theme of the photo contest is “Passion in Action”, and volunteers are encouraged to document their volunteer service at Creek to Bay then submit it for voting on ILACSD’s Facebook page.

The Creek to Bay Cleanup is just one of two countywide cleanups that ILACSD hosts each year. The other, Coastal Cleanup Day, is scheduled for Saturday September 19th this year. Additionally, ILACSD coordinates a wide array of pollution prevention and beautification programs annually, mobilizing 29,000 volunteers and educating an additional 31,000 San Diegans. On average, ILACSD volunteers remove an astounding one million pounds of debris every 2-3 years.

About I Love A Clean San Diego: Celebrating more than six decades of environmental programs, I Love A Clean San Diego (ILACSD) continues to be an award-winning environmental organization serving all of San Diego County. In 2014, ILACSD was recognized as “Affiliate of the Year” by Keep America Beautiful. Through recycling, education and cleanups of the region’s most beloved areas, ILACSD provides pollution prevention programs that pave the way for a cleaner and healthier San Diego right now, and for future generations.

Creek to Bay Cleanup Gives San Diego a Facelift PDF Print E-mail

April 30, 2011 - For Immediate Release

San Diego County, CA – An estimated 5,000 volunteers joined forces this morning to clean up San Diego as part of the annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. Coordinated by environmental nonprofit, I Love A Clean San Diego, the event removed thousands of pounds of trash from 75 cleanup sites countywide.

While volunteers removed the typical items including cigarette butts and plastic bags, there were a few unusual items in the bunch. This year’s unusual items include: a bathroom sink, AstroTurf and an Easy Bake oven. Many volunteers noted an unusually large amount of tires at their cleanup sites, most likely flowing downstream as a result of the wetter than normal winter.

Volunteers had the opportunity to take ownership of their parks, neighborhoods, beaches and open spaces by restoring and enhancing them. Today’s cleanup included trash removal as well as mural painting, native planting, brush maintenance and general park maintenance activities. The event empowers San Diegans to take an active role in preserving the local environment year-round, not just during Earth Month.

“The Creek to Bay Cleanup is about taking personal responsibility for the state of our environment and the health of our local communities,” said I Love A Clean San Diego’s Executive Director, Pauline Martinson. “I Love A Clean San Diego acts as a catalyst to inspire environmental stewardship countywide through these large-scale cleanup events.” 

I Love A Clean San Diego coordinates the two largest environmental volunteer events of the year, the Creek to Bay Cleanup each April and Coastal Cleanup Day in September. Through these and other smaller-scale cleanups, ILACSD volunteers remove half a million pounds of trash from San Diego’s environment every year!

For volunteers who may have missed today’s Creek to Bay Cleanup, there are still many opportunities to get involved. I Love A Clean San Diego coordinates cleanup events every month, as well as ongoing volunteer programs including storm drain stenciling and the Adopt-A-Beach program. Upcoming volunteer opportunities are listed online:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:16
Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup to Unite Thousands in the Spirit of Community Improvement PDF Print E-mail

San Diegans Encouraged to “Make Their Morning Count” on April 30th


San Diego County, CA – Thousands of volunteers will join forces on Saturday April 30th as they participate in the 9th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup. Hosted by San Diego’s oldest environmental nonprofit organization, I Love A Clean San Diego, the cleanup event will restore the local environment at 75 diverse cleanup sites countywide. Volunteers of all ages are still needed and can sign up for the Creek to Bay Cleanup by visiting the event website:

Currently, more than 3,000 volunteers have registered for the cleanup event on April 30th from 9am - 12noon. However, I Love A Clean San Diego seeks thousands more to make a noticeable difference on the state of our beaches, bays, parks, canyons and creek beds. Last year, more than 5,000 volunteers were able to remove 80 tons of debris from San Diego’s environment in just three hours. That equates to roughly 32 pounds of trash removed by each volunteer, a staggering statistic that underscores the need for a large volunteer force. As one volunteer put it last year, “I usually golf Saturday morning, but I can skip golf this one time to help keep San Diego clean.” ILACSD once again calls on San Diegans to make their morning count by volunteering just a few hours of their time to make a big difference for their communities.

This expansive cleanup focuses primarily on inland areas with 49 of the 75 sites located inland, as those locations tend to have the most trash yet receive the least volunteer support throughout the year. As the name of the cleanup suggests, volunteers will remove debris from upstream creeks all the way down to local bays to reinforce one of the events key messages – all San Diegans, regardless of zip code, are all connected through a vast watershed system that makes up our region. This cleanup encourages participants to get involved locally by volunteering alongside their neighbors at convenient locations nearby. While the Creek to Bay Cleanup reminds San Diegans about the harmful effects that pollution can have on the local environment, it also inspires community pride amongst neighbors and friends.

I Love A Clean San Diego has been hosting cleanup events since its inception in 1954. They began coordinating countywide cleanups annually in 1989 and now host the countywide Creek to Bay Cleanup each April and California Coastal Cleanup Day each September. In 2010, I Love A Clean San Diego successfully coordinated 30,000 volunteers, more than any other environmental organization in San Diego County.

8 events. 1 million pounds of trash. Make your morning count. Register today at You can also view a video recap of the 2010 cleanup here:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:16
Registration Opens for 9th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup PDF Print E-mail

Thousands of Volunteers Needed to Restore the Local Environment

April 4, 2011 - For Immediate Release

San Diego County, CA - Registration is now open for I Love A Clean San Diego’s (ILACSD) signature event, the Creek to Bay Cleanup. On Saturday April 30th from 9am to noon, 75 coastal and inland sites will host volunteers who will provide much needed maintenance to those areas. Volunteers of all ages are encouraged to sign up for this environmental event online at

I Love A Clean San Diego’s Creek to Bay Cleanup began nine years ago as strictly a cleanup project, however; over the years it has expanded as a comprehensive beautification event. Projects such as storm drain stenciling, brush maintenance and graffiti removal are also a part of the cleanup. Trash removal still dominates the event, as is shown by the amount of debris removed since the cleanup began in 2003 –one million pounds and counting…

Volunteers not only will give back to the environment but they will be rewarded for doing so. ILACSD is providing volunteers with reusable work gloves for this year’s cleanup, as well as promoting reuse and sustainability.

“In the last five years, we’ve seen a huge jump in volunteers participating at I Love A Clean San Diego’s cleanups,” says ILACSD’s Executive Director, Pauline Martinson. “They are aware of the critical nature of our work and why we must come together to preserve San Diego for future generations.”

The Creek to Bay Cleanup reaches a diversified cross-section of San Diego County, with 26 coastal and 49 inland locations this year. This emphasizes the fact that almost 80% of marine debris originates inland. This debris then makes its way to our beaches and bays.

“Each of us has the ability and opportunity to improve water quality in San Diego,” said Kris McFadden, Deputy Director of the City’s Storm Water Division. “Taking time to volunteer for events like the Creek to Bay Cleanup connects us with our environment and helps to immediately improve our water quality and quality of life.”

8 events. 1 million pounds of trash. Make your morning count. Register today at!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 March 2014 10:16
Creek to Bay Cleanup Succeeds in Removing Millionth Pound of Trash PDF Print E-mail


SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA – As another beautiful day in San Diego draws to a close, I Love A Clean San Diego has some exciting news to report. Today marked the 8th anniversary of the Creek to Bay Cleanup, an annual event which removes debris from San Diego’s beaches, bays and waterways. This year’s event was especially successful as volunteers collected the events one millionth pound of trash.

Close to 300 volunteers gathered at Southcrest Community Park this morning to hear from Supervisor Greg Cox, Council President Ben Hueso and other event supporters. Following the kick off, everyone fanned out to remove trash and engage in a variety of service projects to beautify the community. Volunteers successfully planted 40 trees, stenciled 54 storm drains, and filled dumpsters with thousands of pounds of trash and weeds.

With 85% of cleanup sites reporting their totals thus far, over 4,500 volunteers have been confirmed as attending this morning’s cleanup. Participants removed the typical cigarette butts and food wrappers, but also came across some interesting items. A few of the most unusual items this year included a cash register, two fire hoses, and a ThighMaster. Some sites collected an especially high number of syringes, posing concerns regarding the lack of options available for people to properly dispose of their medical waste after sharps were banned from landfills in 2008.

“The most satisfying part of the Creek to Bay Cleanup is seeing community members from all walks of life working together toward a common goal: protecting our environment,” said Pauline Martinson, I Love A Clean San Diego’s executive director. “It’s important that people participate in cleanups so they can see firsthand the effects that litter and illegal dumping have on their communities.”

For San Diegans who may have missed this year’s Creek to Bay, there are still plenty of other ways to show your support for the environment. ILACSD coordinates community cleanup events each month and encourages San Diegans to get involved all year long.

ILACSD promotes awareness of environmental issues including resource conservation, waste reduction and recycling, community enhancement, and pollution prevention. For more information about I Love A Clean San Diego, visit or call 1-800-237-BLUE.

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