Tsunami cleanup set for Saturday at Montaña de Oro

The sand spit parking lot at Montaña de Oro.
The sand spit parking lot at Montaña de Oro. The Tribune

The third tsunami debris cleanup this year is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Montaña de Oro State Park sand spit.

The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo is working with the California Coastal Commission to remove debris from local beaches that is washing ashore from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

The purpose of the cleanup is not just to remove debris. It also helps state officials determine when and where debris from the tsunami is hitting California’s shores.

More than 5 million tons of debris was washed out to sea as a result of the tsunami with 1.5 million tons of that debris buoyant enough to ride currents all the way to the West Coast.

Anyone interested in participating in the cleanup should meet at the sand spit parking lot at 9 a.m. All volunteers are encouraged to bring their own water bottle, gardening gloves and reusable bag or bucket.

For information, call 544-1777.