Working to protect the coastal regions around CLU, students and faculty contributed to several efforts to clean up area watersheds this fall. During Freshman Orientation in September, 425 new members of the Cal Lu community removed trash from the Ventura riverbed before it washed into the nearby Pacific Ocean. Even university president Chris Kimball got in on this environmentally responsible activity, and five tons of trash were collected in a few short hours. As part of Fall Service Day, hundreds of CLU students fanned out across the region to participate in service activities ranging from wildlife restoration to senior citizen outreach. Forty-five students joined local civic groups to help clean the creek systems of the nearby Conejo Valley, removing 604 pounds of waste products before they contaminated coastal habitats.

Hundreds of college students start school year with community cleanup

Hundreds of South Coast college students kicked off the new school year in a very unusual way. The entire Freshman class at California Lutheran University helped clean up Ventura's polluted river bottom area.

KCLU's Lance Orozco reports.
Original broadcast on Sep. 2, 2008.

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