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Updated: 07/25/2014 08:00:00AM

Gotta keep it clean

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I’m lucky enough to be on the water more than the average person. And being on a paddleboard means that I’m not flying by fast in a boat and not really noticing stuff — I’m right there up close, so I see every little thing. So when I’m on the water, I pick up things that don’t belong. That cigarette butt you think no one will notice you tossed overboard? I picked it up. That plastic bait bag that flew out of your boat and you didn’t feel like turning around for? Got it. Those empty beer cans you left at the sand bar? I got those, too. And by saying “I”, I’m not trying to imply I’m the only person on the water picking up trash daily, because that is definitely not the case. Most people I know who live and work on the water respect it and do exactly the same thing I do. They come back from any excursion with a board or kayak full of bits of trash they’ve collected on their paddle. One of the things I love about this community is how proud the people are of the beautiful water. And often I think people would like to do more to help with waterway cleanups in our area but don’t know about organizations and events happening where they can go. So I’d like to tell you about one of my favorites, Ocean Hour.

As the world’s first international weekly cleanup, Ocean Hour uses the power of social media to spread the word of cleanups around the globe on a weekly basis. The idea is that every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m., no matter where you are on the planet, the Ocean Hour community will go to your local beaches, rivers, lakes, or waterways around the globe to clean up trash and marine debris.

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