Storm Carries Trash to Beaches

Groups of volunteers comb out to clean up.

Facebook photo of Heal the Bay volunteers cleaning up storm-carried trash along the Santa Monica and Playa del Rey beaches.
Facebook photo of Heal the Bay volunteers cleaning up storm-carried trash along the Santa Monica and Playa del Rey beaches.

Originally posted at 7:01 p.m. Feb. 28, 2014.

As a strong Pacific storm slammed the Los Angeles area with wind, rain and high surf, volunteers braved the elements today to collect trash at beaches in Playa Del Rey and Santa Monica.

The groups combed the sand this afternoon at Santa Monica Beach, just south of the Pico Kenter Storm Drain and at Playa del Rey Beach, south of Ballona Creek.

"We're out here with a bunch of hardy volunteers to try to get some of the urban runoff that has come down during the storms," said Alix Hobbs, chief operating officer of environmental group Heal the Bay. "Any trash that has been thrown in the street in the last couple months has been hanging out in our storm system and with all the rain unfortunately it's making it's way to the ocean. Our volunteers are out here today to try and get it before it gets into the marine environment."

Hobbs said Heal the Bay regularly holds beach cleanups, but that more volunteers are needed.

"We have beach cleanups every month that you can come out and join us," Hobbs said. "The conditions are usually a lot better."

She said people can help at home by not littering.

"If you see something in the street go ahead and pick it up," Hobbs said. "Pick up after your dog so it never makes it's way down to the beach here, so this summer when you come swimming it will be a clean environment for you."

Learn more about how to volunteer at healthebay.org.

--City News Service

Mara T March 01, 2014 at 12:52 PM
I'd love a comb out... but in this case, I'll just come out to help clean up~
Glenn E Grab March 01, 2014 at 01:30 PM
escalates trash?....who wrote this headline?
mimi March 01, 2014 at 02:01 PM
Did anyone hear/feel the tornado or cyclone on Friday night? The noise was deafening. It lasted about 10 seconds and I believe the pathway was over the water, close to the shoreline. It must have deposited a lot of debris on the beach.
Mara T March 01, 2014 at 06:29 PM
Are they using writers from other countries? Aren't there some degreed English majors in need of work?
Penny Arévalo March 01, 2014 at 10:50 PM
Ha! You guys are right. I "trashed" the head (although the comb out to clean up is just a riff on the wire service's story, so that stays). Was just running a wee tired. It happens.


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