The environmental group Heal the Bay recently released its inaugural list of Los Angeles County’s five most debrisimpacted waterways and sent out a call for volunteers to help restore the sites as part of the county’s annual Coastal Cleanup Day on Sat., Sept. 19.
The “code red” sites in need of special attention are Dominguez Channel, Los Angeles River at Elysian Park and Taylor Yard, and Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. These urban sites drain runoff from huge swaths of Los Angeles County and are overwhelmed by such litter as plastic bags and fast-food packaging.
Beyond the “code red” sites, tens of thousands of Los Angeles County residents will mobilize from 9 a.m. to noon at more than 70 other cleanup sites, from Pasadena to Palos Verdes. Volunteers will canvass beaches, parks, creeks, lakes, highways and alleys to remove ocean-bound trash.
Local sites include Malibu, Zuma, Westward and Leo Carillo beaches.
Attendees will receive handson education about the easy steps they can take throughout the year to keep local watersheds clean and build community pride.
By removing debris from beaches and inland neighborhoods, cleanup participants reduce blight, protect marine animals and bolster the regional economy. Cigarette butts and Styrofoam fragments are the most frequently found items at cleanups.
Among the unusual items found last year: a home pregnancy test with a negative reading at Venice Beach; a plastic bag filled with chicken parts and images of the Virgin of Guadalupe at Ken Malloy Park; washing machine parts at Malaga Cove; shotgun shells at Zuma Beach, and a submerged Razor scooter found by the Redondo Beach Pier dive team.
Heal the Bay seeks volunteers of all ages and physical abilities. No special equipment or experience is necessary.
For registration information and cleanup tips, visit www.healthebay.org/ccd.