Tsunami Cleanups

2014-2015 Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris Clean Up Program
Following the Pacifica Beach Coalition's successful participation in the 2013 Japanese Tsunami Marine Debris
Cleanup Program, the PBC was invited again by the California Coastal Commission (CCC) to lead these important cleanups in 2014-2015 along the San Mateo County coastline, specifically at two sites: Linda Mar State Beach and Mussel Rock. We're thrilled to continue to partner with the CCC to continue this important program with volunteers like YOU!  Read about past cleanups here.

SIGN UP!  Participation is Open to the Public.  Registration requested – please complete the form below (you can sign up for more than one cleanup) 

According to National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), an estimated 1.5 million tons of Japanese tsunami marine debris generated by the 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011 will continue to travel the Pacific Ocean on currents and land on the shores of the Northern Californian coastline.  Debris is expected to arrive on Pacifica and Daly City beaches. 

Throughout the year, volunteers are invited to join trained Pacifica Beach Coalition site captains during organized Saturday cleanups to search for and document debris that may have originated from the tsunami.  Please register below. 

Tsunami Debris Cleanup Dates & Locations:

February 21, 2015:  9am -11am -  Pacifica State Beach (at Linda Mar)

February 28, 2015:  9am -11am -  Mussel Rock Park Car Park (next to Allied Waste Transfer Station) 

April 18, 2015:  9am -11am - Pacifica State Beach (at Linda Mar)

April 18, 2015: 9am -11am -  Mussel Rock Park Car Park (next to Allied Waste Transfer Station) 

September 20, 2014:  9am -11am - Pacifica State Beach (at Linda Mar)

September 20, 2014:  9am -11am - Mussel Rock Park Car Park (next to Allied Waste Transfer Station)

August 16, 2014:  9am -11am - Pacifica State Beach (at Linda Mar)

August 24, 2104:  9am -11am - Mussel Rock Park Car Park (next to Allied Waste Transfer Station) 

You may also register directly at the sites. Please bring your own reusable gloves, grab sticks and buckets if you can, but we will have some to offer, if necessary. 

Read more on the Tsunami Debris Cleanup Program hereRead more FAQs and What You Should Do if debris is found: Tsunami Debris on California’s North Coast.  Download official tsunami debris data collection card here

Note: The debris is NOT expected to be radioactive because the nuclear power station meltdown occurred several days after the debris was generated and had already floated away from Japan on ocean currents. If the public finds debris that appears to have come from Japan, before disposing of any item, they should send photos with details of the location to disasterdebris@noaa.gov. At our clean ups, this will be facilitated by reporting findings to site captains, who will log the findings and photos with the California Coastal Commission and NOAA. 

The California Coastal Commission is the official supporter of the San Mateo County JTMD Cleanups.   Major statewide sponsors include Crystal Geyser, California Office of Emergency Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Oracle, Orrick, Protect Our Coast and Ocean Fund, Rubio’s Mexican Restaurant,  and the California Coastal Commission’s WHALE TAIL® Grants Program. 

Interested in sponsoring a cleanup, please send us an email at pickituppacifica@gmail.com

2014-2015 JTMD Cleanup Volunteer Registration Form