Keep It Clean
Our beaches are in danger. See list of things you can do help preserve our beaches.
1. pick up after your petThis may seem obvious, but not everyone does it. When it reaches the ocean or other water source, it can make both people and marine life sick.
2. bag your clippingsIf you don't bag your yard clippings, they may get blown into the street and therefore into storm drains, which creates a fertile breeding ground for bacteria.
3. don't smokeNot only is it bad for your health and the health of those around you, but it's also the number one piece of trash found on the beach. Keep your coastlines clean and enjoyable for others and throw your butts away!
4. keep your driveways dryMany people hose off their driveways to rid them of leaves and other debris, but this actually causes oils and pollutants to end up in our oceans, not to mention the water it wastes. It might take longer, but using a broom and dustpan is far more earth friendly than your garden hose.
5. use native or drought resistant plants in your gardenThese types of plants use less water, which prevents runoff and helps keep our beaches clean.
6. recycle used motor oilDo not ever dump used motor oil in a storm drain or field. Instead, take it to a gas station or approved recycling area.
7. pick up your trashAgain, another easy one, but not every one does it. When you're at the beach, pick up your trash and any other trash that may happen to be around you. This will prevent it from blowing into the water and help to keep the coastlines looking good!
8. reduce your use of fertilizerExcess fertilizer that enters the waterways causes harmful plankton blooms that can harm fish, marine mammals and other sea life.
9. no more plastic bottlesNot only do single use plastic bottles stick around forever in landfills, but they also often end up on our beaches and in our bodies of water where they harm birds, sea turtles and other marine life. Using a sports bottle or other reusable container will help eliminate this.
10. get involvedJoin proactive organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation who work to protect oceans, waves and beaches and do your part to clean up our beaches!