2022 International Coastal Cleanup Events

2022 International Coastal Cleanup Events

Join us for the 2022 International Coastal Cleanup Day, September 17, 2022 with events at the St. Andrews Marina and Lake Powell, Camp Helen.

St. Andrews Marina, Panama City

Sign in at the tent, grab your supplies, and walk along the shoreline, through the marina, parks, and downtown collecting trash. Once you collect all you can find, make your way back to St. Andrews Marina to turn in your supplies, weigh your findings, and celebrate with lunch on us.

All cleanup materials (gloves, trash bags, and grabbers) will be provided. Sunscreen and reusable water bottles recommended. Closed toe shoes are required.​Please contact us for further information and sponsorship opportunities at sabw@standrewbaywatch.org.

Lake Powell at Camp Helen State Park, Panama City Beach

The Lake Powell Community Alliance (LPCA) together with St. Andrew Bay Watch (RMA), Friends of Camp Helen State Park and Bay County Audubon invite you to participate in a community effort to clean up Lake Powell. Sign-in will begin promptly at 8 a.m. on Saturday, September 17th at the Lake Powell Park [boat ramp behind Publix] or at Camp Helen State Park. The cleanup will last until noon. FREE t-shirts will be given to the first 50 volunteers to register! Participate in a ‘Chance Drawing’ to win some very nice prizes!

We encourage teams to download and use the Ocean Conservancy’s “Clean Swell” app to collect your data. It will keep track of your trash items, log distance traveled, and provide a report of your efforts. Share the results with us when turning in your trash bags and we’ll enter your data in our database. Customary data sheets will be available for those who prefer the old system. Use of the “Clean Swell” app will earn your team one FREE Chance Drawing ticket!!

After the cleanup we will hold a ‘Chance Drawing’ to win some very nice prizes! If you or your business would like to offer Prize Donations, please let us know. You will be recognized on our Donor Appreciation Poster displayed at the cleanup and at our LPCA Annual Meeting in December. This is a great opportunity to bring our community together for a common cause! Participants will be given a choice of areas to clean up with access by walking, wading, boating, or paddling.


WHAT TO BRING: closed-toed shoes, hat, sunscreen, grabber, work gloves, water, and snacks. Also consider downloading the Clean Swell app on your smart phone to collect data. (Earn a free drawing ticket if your team uses the app during the clean-up. One per team.)WE WILL PROVIDE: garbage bags, nitrile gloves, clip boards, pencils, and masks. Please consider bringing your boat, canoe, kayak or paddleboard and join the armada of cleanup crews! If you do bring your watercraft, please bring required life jackets, whistle, and safety devices.

8:00 – 9:00 am — Sign-in and Orientation
9:00 – 12:00 noon — Lake Cleanup
11:30-12:00- Trash Weigh-In / Turn in Data cards or App Screen / Pose for Team Photos
12:00 – Chance Drawing
*Please check this page regularly for updates on procedures and schedule modification.Lake Powell Park – 23104 Lakeview Dr, Panama City Beach

The International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) is the world’s largest, volunteer effort to clean up the marine environment. Every year, volunteers from over 100 countries descend on local beaches, rivers, lakes and canals to show their commitment to cleaner waterways. The Ocean Conservancy, the world’s largest organization focusing exclusively on the health of the marine environment, has sponsored this annual event for the past 37 years. The ICC is much more than just removing trash. By providing detailed, standardized data on paper data cards, or electronically through the Clean Swell app, volunteers gather valuable information about the types and sources of debris found.

Analyzed and tracked year by year, the data collected by volunteers serves as a powerful tool for educating the public, influencing public policy, and effecting positive behavioral change on the part of individuals, organizations and communities.

​The collection of this data by cleanup volunteers of all ages and the resulting report prepared by the Ocean Conservancy is used in the following ways:]

  • To raise awareness of the quantities and types of marine debris;       
  • To determine the various sources of marine debris;    
  • To evaluate the impact of marine debris on wildlife and habitat;
  • To assist in the enforcement of regulations against illegal dumping;
  • To influence industries that manufacture products that cause harm to the marine environment.