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River Marsh Cleanup

Join us on Coastal Cleanup Day - September 16, 2017 - to clean up the Santa Ana River North and South Marshes


This year's heavy rains washed massive amounts of trash down the Santa Ana River and into the Santa Ana River Marshes. These protected wetlands serve as vital habitat for endangered animal and plant species and are an important link in the Santa Ana River watershed.

The marshes are also adjacent to the Banning Ranch lowlands, so they represent a rare opportunity to get an up-close look at that portion of Banning Ranch.

Join OCES and our partners for this important cleanup:

U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Sierra Club Angeles Chapter

Sierra Club Banning Ranch Park and Preserve Task Force

Orange County Coastkeeper

Costa Mesa Sanitary District

CR&R Environmental Services

Drains to Ocean

Surfrider Newport Beach Chapter

Fairview Park Alliance

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Sat, September 16, 2017

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM PDT


Army Cops of Engineers Wetlands

Newport Beach, CA




Where is the cleanup area located?

The cleanup will take place in the north and south marshes, adjacent to the Banning Channel Bikeway on the west (Costa Mesa) side of the river. Look for the white sign-in tenst at the staging areas on the river trail

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Volunteers under the age of 18 require a parent or guardian's signature on the ACoE release form.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The marshes are adjacent on the west (Costa Mesa) side of the river, adjacent to the Banning Channel Bikeway, We'll have one staging area each in the north and south marshes (NOTE - copy and paste Google Maps URLs to view locations on Google Maps):

North Marsh - https://goo.gl/maps/xs56kQAtMEA2

South Marsh - https://goo.gl/maps/rPMh9TMJCTx

We strongly encourage volunteers to bike or walk to the staging tents, but street-side parking is avaiable at three locations near the staging areas:

West 19th Street in Costa Mesa https://goo.gl/maps/3FCeyr6xWEG2

Public parking along Seashore Drive in Newport Beach https://goo.gl/maps/Gtq5xXCjN6R2

West Victoria Street near Vista Park - https://goo.gl/maps/khrg6aAyFq12

What can I bring into the event?

We encourage volunteers to bring the following items:

A bucket or reusable bag


A reusable water bottle


A hat

Closed-toed shoes that you don't mind getting wet/muddy

Please DO NOT wear sandals, flip-flops or open-toed shoes

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Email OCearthstewards@Gmail.com for additional information