Save the Date!  September 17, 2022. Join us in celebrating our coastal shoreline and habitat by cleaning it up. Hundreds of volunteers pitch in during this annual event. Clean up sites are located throughout Franklin County. Watch for more details to come on locations.

2021 Coastal Clean Up

Apalachicola Riverkeeper and co-sponsors—the Ocean Conservancy and the Franklin County Departments of Parks & Recreation and Solid Waste & Recycling—thank the 282 intrepid volunteers, including 17 site coordinators, who helped clean up our beaches, islands, bay, and river on September 18, 2021.  A huge shout out to Dr. Ada Long who coordinates this major annual undertaking!

Despite predictions of stormy weather, coordinators estimated that volunteers collected 11,863 pounds of trash, including 389 bags of plastic bottles, cigarette butts, food wrappers, and other such litter, as well as a case of unopened hot dogs, remote control, stop sign, fire extinguisher, backpack, tiny metal cowbell, Cadillac hubcap, hollow plastic pig, toilet, stop sign, trailer hitch, plastic FWCC wildlife tag, inflated raft, emergency beacon, deep freezer, window, kayak paddle, shovel, Christmas lights, fake rose petals, newspaper delivery box, bag of recently caught mullet, garbage can with dustpan, cast net (repairable), more than 233 10-pound aquaculture baskets, and a Tervis tumbler – “Life Is Better On A Boat.”

2021 cleanup crew at Abercrombie Landing
Rick Zelznak, Eli Mears, Liz Schold and Ben Rangel on Second Sandbar by Doug Alderson
First group with trash from Second Sandbar, by Doug Alderson
There is nothing like a clear view of a clean coastline! By Doug Alderson
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