In 2012, Save The Waves launched the “Unidos Por Aguas Limpias/United for Clean Water” campaign, a day of nationwide cleanup, restoration, and educational events in coastal towns of southern Chile. Beginning with five planned locations in three regions, the campaign grew into a grassroots national effort that included over 40 sites in 12 regions of Chile in 2014. More than 1000 volunteers participate in this national campaign that included water quality monitoring at the 5 main sites of Punta de Lobos, Pichilemu, Curanipe, Cobquecura, and Constitución. This collective action successfully cleaned more than 15 miles of Chilean coastline. Click here to watch a short film from the campaign.
Unidos Por Aguas Limpias continues today, led by our partner the Maule Itata Coastkeeper in Chile with support from Save The Waves. The campaign has also created a strong network of leaders from communities, government agencies, citizens groups, schools, and businesses. This campaign provides individuals and communities a platform to unite publicly for clean water and protect the beaches, rivers, estuaries, lakes, and creeks of the Chilean coast. The effort also provides an opportunity to promote collaboration locally, regionally, and nationally on coastal conservation issues.