The Flotsam Flotilla in 15 photos

Woman paddles a kayak

Before the frenzy of volunteers descended on Shimada Friendship Park for the 28th annual Coastal Cleanup Day, a dozen volunteers arose early Saturday morning for a special task.   This “chosen few” — as one project organizer jokingly called them — made up this year’s Flotsam Flotilla, a small cluster of kayaks that set out…

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Hundreds of volunteers expected this weekend at annual coastal cleanup

The muddy shoreline at Meeker Slough will fill with hundreds of volunteers this weekend to gather thousands of pounds of trash at California's 28th annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

Hundreds of volunteers will collect thousands of pounds of trash Saturday at Shimada Friendship Park as part of an annual statewide effort to clean coastlines and educate the public about healthy watersheds. Unlike other ocean contaminants, “Trash is a pollutant you can see, so it’s less abstract,” said Juliana Gonzalez, the Healthy Watersheds Program manager…

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Message in a bottle found, looking for author

Message in a bottle found at Shimada Friendship Park

Volunteers recorded all the trash they picked up at Shimada Friendship Park last Saturday into categories like Styrofoam, plastics, paper and for fun, oddest items. When the tally cards were gathered, the most interesting object found was clear — a message in a bottle.

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