McKay Bay Nature Park Coastal Clean-Up

Hillsborough River and Coastal Clean-up on September 17, 2022!

Location: McKay Bay Nature Park

 Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful presents the Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 17, 2022 as part of the International Coastal Cleanup at various sites along the Hillsborough River, Alafia River, Little Manatee River, Lake Thonotosassa and other waterways throughout Hillsborough County. Unlike a typical litter removal event, the annual Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup offers the opportunity for volunteers to engage in vital international research activities by taking on the role of “Scientific Data Collector” for a day.

With a specific focus on water-based natural resource protection and activism, volunteers collect items and record the data to identify the number and type of littered items, the overall tonnage of debris removed from each site and the amount of recyclable materials diverted from ending up in our landfills. This information is used to determine future requirements for cleanup initiatives, assess projects that are needed in the area and develop awareness of these needs within the local communities who share these waterways. Data is shared with Keep America Beautiful, the Ocean Conservancy as well as local officials to help provide a local and global perspective.

David Graves, TBAEP Board Member and Community Services Chair is coordinating this event. Please contact him directly at  for more information on location and rendezvous point.

Date: Saturday, September 17, 2022

Check-in: 8:00 a.m.

Cleanup: 8:00 a.m. – 11 a.m. (or until completion)

What To Bring


• Sunscreen

• Hat/Sunglasses

• Protective footwear (close-toed)

• Work or garden gloves (optional)

• Re-usable water bottle (stay hydrated!)

Trash bags, water, and soft gloves are provided. We encourage you to bring a full re-usable bottle if you have one. Promotional giveaways available while supplies last.

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