International 2017 Coastal Cleanup Day Palos Verdes Location
Palos Verdes residents can participate in the annual Coastal Cleanup Day which is a worldwide beach clean up program that has the largest number of volunteers on the planet. Last year over 600,000 people participated throughout the world, and this year Heal The Bay is expecting 10,000 volunteers to participate here in California. Coastal Cleanup Day has gained importance as debris has washed up on our coastline not only from tsunami residue, but also our own waste. Our local annual Coastal Cleanup Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Abalone Cove Shoreline Park. Los Angeles County alone has more than 60 sites participating in this clean up. Los Serenos de Point Vicente, The City of Rancho Palos Verdes, and Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy will combine efforts to help improve the health and safety of our coastline.
Palos Verdes homes owners have some of the cleanest beaches and we can all do our part to keep them this way. Heal the Bay is again reporting that Palos Verdes beaches and coves are in the current top Honor Roll 2016-2017 list for California. This means that our local waters have received grades of A and A+ throughout the year. Heal the Bay assigns weekly grades to more than 440 sites along the West Coast for summer dry-weather water quality and to another 60 locations that are on year round monitoring. Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy and clean. They use science, education, community action and advocacy to pursue their mission.
Come and join neighbors and friends at Abalone Cove and be a part of the largest volunteer day. You can participate in this worldwide event by volunteering right here in your own backyard while enjoying our beautiful coast at the same time. This year, event organizers are promoting zero waste and are asking participants to bring their own reusable gloves and buckets. A light snack will be provided. Disposal bags will be provided to hold recyclables and trash. No RSVP is needed. All volunteers are required to sign a waiver and volunteers under the age of 18 must have the appropriate liability waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian before they can participate.
Abalone Cove is located at 5970 Palos Verdes Drive South, Rancho Palos Verdes. For more information call (310) 544-5260, or go to www.LosSerenos.org. There is free parking for the event 30 minutes before and after the cleanup.
To read my prior article on Coastal Cleanup Day click here.
Photo courtesy of Los Serenos de Point Vicente.