Volunteer for
Coastal Clean Up Day
on Tomales Bay &
Surrounding Watersheds

Save the Date

Week Day Clean Up | September, 14th - 18th, 2020
Coastal Clean Up Day & BBQ | September 19th, 2020
Marconi Historic State Park & Conference Center

Thank you the 100 volunteers who joined us for the
2019 Coastal Clean Up on Tomales Bay & in the Surrounding Watersheds!
Press Release

Our clean up event on is a part of international Coastal Clean Up Day, which has worldwide impact for our oceans and lands. Together we harnessed the power of people to clean up Tomales Bay, a Bay Area destination and wetland of international importance, and the surrounding coastal watershed.

In 2019, more than 100 multi-generational volunteers gathered in West Marin to remove close to a 1,000 pounds of marine debris from Tomales Bay and the surrounding watersheds the week of September 16th through the 21st, 2019 to celebrate Coastal Clean Up Day.

This was the 3rd annual Coastal Clean-Up effort on Tomales Bay, spearheaded by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, Hog Island Oyster Co. and Marconi State Historic Park & Conference Center. Press Release

Coastal Clean Up Reports
Learn more about the history of Coastal Clean Up Day & What’s Been Cleaned Up

Additional Volunteer Opportunities:
Join us as a Marin MPA Watch Volunteer


Join our community of supporters with a gift-in kind or with a tax-deductible sponsorship
to support the clean efforts and volunteer appreciation barbecue. Learn More and sponsor today!

2018 Coastal Clean Up and Litter Bugs Me Photos

West Marin Partners to Harness the Power of People to
Clean Up Marine Debris in Coastal Watersheds in 2018

Over 2,500 pounds of marine debris removed
from West Marin watersheds during the
annual Litter Bugs Me & California Coastal Clean Up events

“Thank you for inviting me to participate, it really helped me feel more involved in my community.” - Patty Hoyt, Inverness Resident

Over 115 multi-generational volunteers gathered in West Marin to remove more than 2,500 pounds of trash from the Tomales Bay and surrounding watersheds between September 10th and 15th, 2018.

“This annual community cleanup event helps keep our coastal and riparian areas benefiting wildlife and recreation while connecting our community to lend a hand to protect what we love in West Marin.” - Morgan Patton, Executive Director, Environmental Action Committee of West Marin

“This annual community cleanup event helps keep our coastal and riparian areas clean benefiting wildlife and recreation while connecting our community to lend a hand to protect what we love in West Marin.” - Morgan Patton, Executive Director, Environmental Action Committee of West Marin.

“The depth of volunteering and widespread community support behind this year’s Coastal Clean Day - from commercial shellfish companies to recreational and charter boats, to local environmental NGOs, community organizations, national and state parks, to the volunteers themselves and the numerous local businesses who contributed in-kind donations - this kind of collaboration and cooperation is the truest measure of success.”  - Terry Sawyer, Co-founder and VP Hog Island Oyster Co.

The clean up efforts in West Marin kicked off on September 10th with the annual Environmental Action Committee of West Marin’s (EAC) Litter Bugs Me event, a mid-week long effort to rally businesses, associations, and clubs to adopt a roadside to clean up in West Marin roadsides from the villages of Marshall, Point Reyes Station, Inverness and Olema. This year included participation from the Coastal Custodian, East Shore Planning Group, Inverness Association, Olema Association, and Dennis Rodoni Construction who combined picked up more than 750 pounds of trash including furniture, lamps, metals and lots of plastic debris.

The clean up efforts concluded on Saturday, September 15th with the 2nd annual California Coastal Cleanup Day on Tomales Bay and Surrounding Watershed with boat-in and roadside clean ups. The event was part of the 34th annual California Coastal Cleanup Day, the state’s largest annual volunteer day, coordinated locally by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin, Hog Island Oyster Co.Marconi State Historic Park & Conference and in partnership with Blue Waters Kayaking, Marin County Coastal Clean Up Efforts, Marin Oyster Co., Tomales Bay Oyster Co., Pacific Shellfish Growers Association, Point Reyes National Seashore/NPS, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Starbird Mariculture, and Tomales Bay Sailing.

Hog Island Oyster and other Tomales Bay aquaculture growers took out 40 volunteers on 10 boats removing roughly 500 pounds of debris from Tomales Bay, a wetland of international importance, and along the shores of Millerton State Park. EAC coordinated roadside clean ups along Platform Bridge Road, in the heart of Point Reyes Station, and surrounding watershed including the Giacomini Wetlands and Marin County Parks removing 1,200 pounds of debris.

“I am inspired by the volunteers who come out to help keep our roadsides and Tomales Bay Clean. This year we welcomed more than 115 volunteers with several traveling from other regions in the Bay Area because they love Point Reyes and want to help protect the environment.“ - Jessica Taylor, Development Director, Environmental Action Committee

Together volunteers removed more than 2,500 pounds of trash from the Tomales Bay watershed in one week! Trash included micro-debris, toys, oil cans, cigarette buds, single-use plastics, metals, creosote pilings and wood, a couch, and recyclables including glass and plastics. Representatives from Recology, the area’s waste disposal company, helped sort hundreds of recyclables diverting them from the landfill, and donated dumpsters for the event.

The event hosts celebrated the volunteer’s efforts with an appreciation BBQ and gathering at the Marconi State Park and Conference Center afterwards with food and beverages donated by West Marin and Bay Area producers. Event sponsors included: Acme Bread, Bovine Bakery, Caggiano Sausage Company, Cliff Bar, Cowgirl Creamery, Hog Island Oysters Co., Honey Bucket, Lagunitas Brewing Co., Marconi Historic State Park and Conference Center, Marin Sun Farms, McEvoy Wines, MinuteMan Press, Pacific Coast Shellfish Association, Point Reyes Building Supply, Recology, Rodoni Construction, The Palace Market, World Centric and through individual donations.

Coastal Commission 2018 Recap

2017 Coastal Clean Up Photo Blog

We had over 60+ volunteers, and removed 1,000+ pounds of debris out of the Tomales Bay watershed.  
The event was followed by an amazing friends barbecue. 

Diver Deeper:
Learn About and Take Action For the coast!

The Problem 

Ocean trash effects the health of wildlife, people and local economies

Ocean trash affects the health of wildlife, people and local economies. From plankton to whales, animals across ocean ecosystems have been contaminated by plastic. Today, plastic has been found in 62% of all sea birds and in 100% of sea turtle species. Trash in the water and on the shore can be mistaken as food by wildlife, or entangle animals with lethal consequences. Plastic also attracts and concentrates other pollutants from surrounding seawater, posing a contamination risk to those species that then eat it. Scientists are studying the impacts of that contamination on fish and shellfish and as well as the possible impact it may have on human health as well. 


The Solution

Marine debris isn’t an ocean problem—
it’s a people problem.

That means people are the solution. Tackling the problem of plastic in the ocean begins on land, and with your purchase power. Reduction in plastics use, especially of single-use disposable products, and the collection of, and the reuse, recycling and or reinvention of plastics in developing countries can help to reduce the amount of plastic waste that enters the ocean.

Some additional resources recommended to EAC by community member Bob Thomas and his daughter for her school project:
Dangers of Plastic Pollution
Recommendations for Keeping Offices Plastic Free 



Become aware, change habitats, use your purchase power and reuse, recycle and reinvent!

Join or donate to EAC, or other local nonprofits fighting to protect ocean resources, and get outside with their volunteer efforts. 

Volunteer with the Marin MPA (Marin Protected Areas) Watch

Where Does It Go, Joe?
Are compostable plastics really compostable? Can’t remember what goes where on trash day? Get answers to your pressing recycling questions on the Marin Sanitary District’s handy new web interface.

Purchase a Whale Tail License Plate

Sign the Ocean Conservancy's petition to ask your Senators to turn the tide on ocean plastics

Download and use the CleanSwell App to start recording long-term data for coastal clean up efforts.



California Coastal Commission Resources and Programs
Ocean Conservancy's 2017 Data Release
Guide to Marine Plastic Pollution