International Coastal Cleanup 2020 

International Coastal Cleanup 2020

What: The International Coastal Cleanup focuses on collecting and removing trash pollution from the Great Salt Lake Watershed. We also want to record data about the type and weight of the trash collected to better understand our impact on our watershed. In 2019, 65 volunteers removed 2,171 lbs. of trash and debris from the shores of Great Salt Lake 

When: September 24-28, 2020 (Thursday-Monday)

Where: Because all waterways in our watershed flow to Great Salt Lake, you can collect trash anywhere in our terminal basin! Whether on the beach of Great Salt Lake, along the Jordan River Parkway, or in runoff gutters along your own street – anywhere you remove trash will improve water quality, wildlife habitat, and the health of the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. Check out our map of suggested locations.

How: Sign up on our Eventbrite page, then use the Clean Swell app or our paper data sheet to record the trash you collect outside.

Instructions for the Clean Swell app:

  • Download the Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app, and set up an account.
  • Click “Start Collecting”, enter your cleanup information, then log your trash as you collect it!
  • Note: Your session may close if left inactive for too long.
  • When you’re done, click “Done Collecting”, then review and submit your data!
  • Once your data is submitted, send us a screenshot of your results or forward the summary email you’ll receive to heron@fogsl.org
  • Share a photo with us on our Facebook event page.
  • Don’t forget to properly dispose of the trash you collected in an appropriate container.

Instructions for paper data sheet:

  • Print out our Trash Collection Data Sheet.
  • During September 24-28, fill in your Data Sheet as you collect trash from local waterways.
  • When you’re done collecting, use a luggage scale, bathroom scale, or just your best estimate to record the total weight of the trash you collected.
  • Scan or take a photo of your completed Data Sheet and send it to us at heron@fogsl.org
  • Share a photo with us on our Facebook event page.
  • Don’t forget to properly dispose of the trash you collected in an appropriate container.

Safety Considerations

  • Follow your current local health guidelines. These guidelines may include maintaining 6 feet of distance from individuals who are not part of your household whenever possible and wearing a face covering when social distancing is difficult to maintain consistently.
  • Students, if you are leaving home, get permission from your parents and/or guardians.
  • Wear gloves or use a trash-grabber while picking up trash and wash your hands thoroughly when done.
  • Do not pick up any items that may be dangerous (broken glass, rusty metal, needles, medications, etc.)
  • Be careful of cars if picking up trash near roads.
  • Respect living things and private property boundaries wherever you’re collecting trash. 


This event is made possible thanks to the generous support of Budget Dumpster. Learn more about their services at www.budgetdumpster.com

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International Coastal Cleanup 2020 Flyer

Salt Lake City School District Citizen Science Flyer


Why We Care

  • We live along the shores of something GREAT - Great Salt Lake.

    And whether we preceive it or not

    During its relatively short life as a remnant of ancient Lake Bonneville

    It has affected all of us.

    From the ancients who lived in the Great Salt lake wetlands

    To the growing populations of today and tomorrow

    The Lake affect continues to modify, influence and impress our lives.


    Lynn de Freitas, FRIENDS Executive Director