Lend the Coast a Helping Hand

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Looking for a way to give back a little this weekend? Join volunteers from Heal the Bay and all around California on Coastal Cleanup Day.

From the Heal the Bay website:

On Saturday, September 16th, from 9:00 a.m. till noon, over 10,000 volunteers are expected to come together in L.A. County, taking action to rid our beaches and inland waterways of unsightly and harmful debris. Ninety-one countries around the world will take part in this extraordinary, international event!

This year there will be over 55 cleanup locations in L.A. County, where you can do your part to help improve the environment. Special parking rates are available at most sites. For locations throughout the rest of California, please call 800-COAST-4U or visit the California Coastal Commission website.

California Coastal Cleanup Day is coordinated in Los Angeles County by Heal the Bay in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors.

Last year, over 10,000 volunteers from L.A. County joined together to pick up over 80,000 pounds of trash and recyclables from our beaches and waterways. We crossed a dubious record in 2004, by collecting the ten millionth pound of trash over the 20 year period.

So, go on out and make a difference. This Saturday, September 16th from 9AM to 12 Noon. It's only a couple hours out of your life. Besides, its at the beach. Beaches are fun. Especially when they don't have a bunch of trash on them.

Photo by chris ullrich