Palos Verdes Homes Owners Join 2020 International Coastal Cleanup Month!
Palos Verdes Homes owners can still participate in the annual Coastal Cleanup which is a worldwide beach clean up program and has the largest number of volunteers on the planet. Coastal Cleanup Day which normally takes place on September 21st, is an international day of action to protect our oceans, watersheds, and wildlife from trash and debris. However, with COVID 19 this year it will be a little different with smaller groups taking action in different areas. This massive volunteering effort has an astounding impact on many of our local natural habitats and communities. In 2019, the Ocean Conservancy reported that nearly 800,000 volunteers collectively removed more than 20 million pieces of trash from beaches and waterways around the world resulting in an estimated 20 million fewer potential impacts on whales, turtles and other beloved ocean wildlife. At this time, Heal the Bay is not organizing any large cleanup in Los Angeles County but is asking all of us who wish to volunteer to put our small group together and go out and help from September 5, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. to September 30, 2020, at 8:00 p.m.
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 2019-2020 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 500 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.
Join your neighbors and friends and be a part of the largest volunteer project. 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, buckets, and disposal bags.
To read my prior article on the Heal the Bay beach report card click here
Photo courtesy of Heal The Bay