Cate Hawthorne 26/09/2015 | Posted in Internationalization, Karma RG, Karma Rock Garden, Recreational/Touring, United States
#JustPickItUp is a motto that Jeff and I have adopted and encourage others to do the same. If one looks at the decks of our kayak or into the cockpit one might think that we are trashy people . As we see garbage on the water or on shore, we pick it up. Over the years, we have noticed more and more others doing the same. Together, we can make a difference.
The third Saturday in September is reserved on our calendar for California Coastal Cleanup Day. We rally our friends to join us in our efforts. Our friends join us in a variety of craft that include whitewater kayaks, recreational kayaks, sea kayaks, surfskis, sit on tops, canoes, and other traditional small craft. This year Jeff and I chose to use our Jackson Kayak Karma RG’s.
The RG’s proved to be a great platform for collecting trash. The stability was nice for lots of getting in and out to pick up trash on shore. The maneuverability helped with spinning on a dime to snag a piece of plastic floating by and also with getting into tough places – like under the wharf.
On a daily basis, we are able to pick up a lot of the small stuff but it takes a team to get some of the larger items. For the larger items and trash collection, we tow garbage scows (often a large cockpit tandem recreational kayak or a aluminum row boat).
This was our seventh year hosting a cleanup event for California Coastal Cleanup Day. Each year, our team is pleased to report less trash. We collected about 580 pounds this year and only filled one dumpster (previous years we have filled 2). Since Fort Bragg and many other towns have banned plastic grocery bags, we have seen a significant decrease in them in the marine environment. Two items that concern us are cigarette butts and trash from fishing – bait containers, wrappers from fishing lures, fishing line, styrofoam, and plastic rope. Here’s an article by the Coastal Commission on the problems with marine debris.
Cleanup events occur all around the United States and help with raising awareness of the plastics and trash in our waters as well as motivating folks to get out. We encourage everyone to join in such an event and when on your own to #JustPickItUp.
California Coastal Cleanup Day 2016 is Saturday September 17. Join up with a cleanup team or create your own. For those not in California, check out American Rivers for organized river cleanups and to create and register your own.