Concert Meet Conservation at NOAA-Sponsored
Monterey, Calif. Trading their guitars and drum sets for shovels and garbage bags, hundreds of rock stars and roadies from the Vans Warped Tour music festival will join the staff of NOAA’s National Marine Sanctuary Program for a day of dirty work cleaning up the watersheds feeding into Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Warped Tour Watershed Cleanup
The Warped Tour, a traveling music festival featuring more than 50 bands that tour internationally, will contribute 400 volunteers from its bands and crew on Tuesday, Aug. 21 to assist with the watershed cleanup. Staff from the Monterey Bay sanctuary and local environmental organizations will lead the volunteers in eco-friendly activities including picking up litter, removing invasive weeds, planting native species and collecting seeds from native plants at sites throughout the area.
These efforts will help improve the health of the area’s watersheds, which in turn will benefit the marine sanctuary they feed into along the coast. At 5,322 square miles, the Monterey Bay sanctuary is the largest of our national marine sanctuaries, boasting one of the most diverse marine ecosystems in the world.
The Warped Tour has partnered with EarthEcho International to develop programs that spur fans, bands, sponsors and crews to take action to improve the environment at concert venues across the country.