Waterway cleanups

St. Johns River Cleanup

The 21st annual St. Johns River Cleanup was Saturday, April 21.

Registration Dates for the
2019 St. Johns River Cleanup
will be posted March 2019

Click here to view pictures of the 2018 St. Johns River Cleanup

International Coastal Cleanup

The 2018 Halifax/Indian River Lagoon Coastal Cleanup was
Saturday, Sept. 15.

Registration dates for the 2019 Halifax.Indian River Lagoon Cleanup will be posted in August 2019

 Click here for a PowerPoint of the 2018 ICC cleanup results.

To get involved with other local cleanups, please visit www.volusia.org/volunteervolusia or visit www.facebook.com/vfsurfrider.

To learn about NOAA's marine debris program click on this link NOAA Marine Debris Program.

Remember, everyone can make responsible choices every day to protect our environment – every action counts! Make responsible purchases and reduce waste whenever possible. Reduce, reuse, recycle and always dispose of waste in recycling or trash containers. Participate in clean ups or do your own by removing trash year round at your favorite park, beach, or in your neighborhood. 

Underwater cleanup videos

  • This underwater cleanup video was produced in 2017 by Volusia County Community Information and recognized in 2018 with a bronze award in the national Telly Awards in the Nature/Wildlife category. Other winners included national shows such as Sea Rescue, Ocean Treks and Jack Hanna's Wild Countdown. Volusia County Government was the only local television program to win an award.
  • This underwater cleanup video produced in 2013 shows the extensive amount of discarded fishing line at the north jetty in Ponce Inlet. It also demonstrates the effort it takes to remove this dangerous web of debris.  When left in the water, fishing line can entangle marine life in the area like sea turtles and manatees. Fishing along rocky structures, like jetties, can be difficult for even the most experienced fishermen who have to break the line if they get hooked onto a rock underwater. If this happens, please try your best to retrieve the broken line and recycle it in designated mono filament recycling bins. These underwater cleanup efforts are conducted monthly during the summer. In 2014 more than 600 pounds of fishing line and trash was removed by participants.

Visit our monofilament recycling web page to find out how to dispose of fishing line correctly.

Ginger Adair

Kathy Ebding
Admin Coordinator II