California’s largest volunteer event only happens once a year, so mark your calendars for Saturday, September 17, 2011.

Which event are we talking about? That would be the wonderful Coastal Cleanup Day taking place across the Golden State. California Coastal Cleanup Day is part of the International Coastal Cleanup that is organized by the Ocean Conservancy.

The beautiful California coastline has long collected debris that the Pacific Ocean washes up on shore. The longer this litter remains in the sand, be it plastic parts or shards of glass, it can harm wildlife and people that recreate in the area.

California Coastal Cleanup Day is a great way to restore our marine environment, build community and give back to the state we love to live in. Plus is just the right thing to do.

So how do you get involved, you ask? Heal the Bay runs over 60 cleanup sites in the LA area, so visit their site and sign up for a cleanup near you. If you aren’t available to participate in California Coastal Cleanup Day, please check out LA Stormwater’s monthly events calendar, as there are plenty of great eco-events to choose from!

Are you planning on participating in an event? We’d love to hear how it turns out! Please share your experience with us in the comment section below.