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Apalachicola River at River Landing Park Cleanup Sept 21

Chattahoochee joins hundreds of thousands of people around the world for Trash Free Seas this September during the 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup.

What: Chattahoochee has joined the movement for Trash Free Seas by being a part of the 28th annual International Coastal Cleanup, the world's largest volunteer effort to help protect our ocean, lakes and rivers. Each year, hundreds of thousands of volunteers from around the world spend a few hours removing trash and debris from beaches, lakes and rivers, keeping track of every piece of trash they find. Ocean Conservancy uses that information to produce an annual snapshot of the problem of marine debris. Last year, more than 550,000 people picked up more than 10 million pounds of trash along nearly 20,000 miles of coastlines.

When/Where: Saturday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Chattahoochee River Landing Park. Search the International Coastal Cleanup global map to find additional Cleanup sites near you and register to be a part of the next wave of volunteers: www.oceanconservancy.org/cleanup

Background: "Floods deposit a lot of trash in the Apalachicola River floodplain that could be carried again in the next flood to Apalachicola Bay and on into the Gulf of Mexico, affecting water quality and harming marine life," said Leigh Brooks, local event organizer. Volunteers can work on foot or by watercraft. Wear close- toed shoes, long pants and long sleeves, and a hat for protection. Bring work gloves, a water bottle, a bucket for collecting, sunscreen and bug spray. Refreshments will be provided. For more information call 850-663-4361.

In Chattahoochee, volunteers found 510 pounds of trash in 2012.

Additional statistics, graphics and photography, please contact:  Jim Wintering at or (202) 280-6232.

The City of Chattahoochee, Florida, owns over 100 acres along the Apalachicola River.

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean. From the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico to the halls of Congress, Ocean Conservancy brings people together to find solutions for our water planet. Informed by science, our work guides policy and engages people in protecting the ocean and its wildlife for future generations.

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