Palos Verdes Joins Heal The Bay Coastal Cleanup Day
Coastal Cleanup Day is the largest volunteer event on the planet. CCD, as it is called, is a worldwide beach clean up program that has gained importance as debris is washed up on our coastline not only from tsunami residue, but also our own waste. The annual Coastal Clean-Up Day is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2014, from 9:00 to 12 noon. Los Angeles County alone has more than 60 sites participating in this clean up. The City of Palos Verdes Estates has teamed up with Heal the Bay to host a clean up site at Malaga Cove. Last year over 227 participants came to Malaga Cove and picked up over 200 lbs of trash and recyclables.
Palos Verdes homes owners have some of the cleanest beaches and we should 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 2013-2014 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.
You can participate in the world wide event by volunteering right here in your own backyard and enjoy our beautiful coast at the same time. Check in tables will be located near the Gazebo in the parking lot at 375 Via Almar (lower Malaga Cove). This year Heal the Bay is promoting zero waste and is asking participants to bring their own reusable gloves and buckets. Volunteer registration is required. 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. These forms can be downloaded at www.healthebay.org/ccd.
For more information or to sign up for this event, you can call the City’s Site Captain at (310) 378-0383.
To read my prior article on Coastal Cleanup Day click here.
Photo of Roessler Gazebo courtesy of Arvin Design.