Parts of the U.S. Government are closed. However, because the information this site provides is necessary to protect life and property, it will be updated and maintained during the Federal Government shutdown. For critical weather information, please visit To learn more, see
Marine Debris Program and Representative Jimmy Panetta’s District Office Join Save our Shores Paddle Cleanup
Two people in a kayak on the water.
Sherry Lippiatt (left) and Taylor Brenis (right) participate in a paddle cleanup on the Pajaro River. Image credit: Save Our Shores.

JULY 13, 2018 — On June 22, the Marine Debris Program (MDP) California Regional Coordinator, Sherry Lippiatt, participated in a kayak-based marine debris cleanup of the Pajaro River in Watsonville, California.

The cleanup was one of 15 supported under a MDP FY17 Community-Based Removal Grant awarded to Save Our Shores, with a goal of preventing land-based debris from reaching the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Volunteers were joined by one of Congressman Jimmy Panetta's (CA-20) in-district staff members, Taylor Brenis. Although the river was relatively clean, volunteers found a number of polystyrene pieces, black plastic bags, agricultural tarp, and a few tires. The strangest item found was the head of a dinosaur grabber toy.

For more information, please contact

Return to OR&R Weekly Report.