Get Involved Today--Inland Trash and MPA Watch

volunteer san diegoDid you read our Annual Report?

If so, we hope you enjoyed it- and if you are still wondering how you can get involved with Coastkeeper this year, look no further. Starting this fall, Coastkeeper will launch two new volunteer programs complete with training dates, as well as flexible scheduling: Inland Trash Assessment and MPA Watch.

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Inland Trash Assessment

Starting on September 15, Coastkeeper will participate in a marine debris project for the Southern California Bight ’13 research project under the “Inland Trash Assessment” subgroup. Several different groups throughout Southern California, including us, will look at the rates of trash accumulation in rivers and streams throughout the year. We will survey sites from Vista to Sweetwater in this three-week project with flexible scheduling, and best of all, there is only one day of required training. Click here for more info and be sure to RSVP today.

MPA Watch

mpa_watch_appAfter months of planning and prep, we are ready to launch our MPA Watch program in La Jolla. This program will afford volunteers an opportunity to document human uses of our marine protected areas through surveys that will run throughout the state. The first training, on August 24, will focus on La Jolla’s marine protected areas and our partner WiLDCOAST is running training sessions for Tijuana Rivermouth, with South La Jolla and Swami’s coming later this fall. Once trained, volunteers can conduct surveys whenever they are able, so the schedule is very flexible. Volunteers will play a pivotal role in contributing data to the future assessment of our MPAs in San Diego and understanding how human use has changed since their implementation. Click here for more info and please RSVP if you would like to attend the training on August 24.