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Channel Cleanups

Surfrider AAC1

In 2020, we adopted a 1.5-mile portion of the Santa Ana River at Adams Avenue through the Orange County Public Works Adopt-A-Channel Program. Surfrider's goal with the AAC Program is to get upstream of the issues plaguing our ocean, beaches, and waves by removing as much trash from the river before it gets flushed into the ocean during the rainy season.

Channel Cleanup Dates


The Santa Ana River is the largest watershed in Southern California, stretching 96 miles from Big Bear Mountain to the Pacific Ocean dividing Huntington Beach from Newport Beach. A population of nearly 6 million people live in this watershed and is therefore one of the main contributors of marine pollution in coastal North Orange County. To date, Surfrider has removed more than 8 tons of trash from the river through its Adopt-A-Channel clean up events.

Adopt A Channel

Adopt-A-Channel Coordinators: