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Thousands To Clean California Beaches Saturday

More Than 8,000 Volunteers Sign-Up In San Diego County

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Aired 9/18/09

Thousands of volunteers are expected to scour the coast and inland waterways Saturday in San Diego County. It's all part of the 25th anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day.

Thousands of volunteers are expected to scour the coast and inland waterways Saturday) in San Diego County. It's all part of the 25th anniversary of California Coastal Cleanup Day.

Volunteers will be picking up trash and other debris at more than 80 locations in San Diego County.

Alicia Glassco, who is with San Diego Coastkeeper, said at least 8,000 people have signed up to volunteer.

"We have so many interested people and so many areas that need trash collection we've gone up into, further back into the watershed to the areas that really have high volumes of debris," Glassco said. "So we're getting further inland and we're get more and more volunteers every year."

Glassco said during last year's cleanup volunteers collected 160,000 pounds of trash in San Diego County alone.

Sailors from Naval Base Coronado got a jumpstart on the cleanup.

They picked up trash today from the edge of the beach adjacent to the Silver Strand Training Complex between Imperial Beach and Coronado.

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