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OPA Cleans Up Again

On Saturday, September 15, 2007, the Ocean Park Association (OPA) neighborhood group participated in the 23rd annual Coastal Cleanup Day with Santa Monica- based Heal the Bay.

This was OPA’s second year to host the cleanup site. It was a huge success again this year. We had a great turn-out. Our success was due to the many dedicated volunteers who helped in our OPA booth. Our team included OPA Board members, OPA members, Heal the Bay staff, Patagonia on Main employees, old and new friends, and family members who all share a concern for the health of our environment. The team of volunteers turned out early Saturday morning to work the OPA booth and help all beach cleanup participants get ready to pick up all kinds of trash and recyclables from our beach and surrounding areas.

In just three hours, 266 participants collected 82 bags (119 lbs.) of trash and 54 bags (27 lbs.) of recyclables! Way to go! They did “Sweat the Small Stuff” as they learned from our Safety Talk/Education Station. They collected hundreds of cigarette butts, small bits of plastic and Styrofoam pieces that may not weigh much but cause so much damage to birds and marine life who commonly mistake the trash for food.

The main message of the day was that cleaning up our beaches and streets should become common practice for each of us every day. We learned that what lands in the gutters all over Los Angeles County eventually ends up in our bay. So, when you are walking down your street or on the beach and see trash – please remember to pick it up. At the end of the cleanup, participants received reusable grocery bags for their use to help reduce use of plastic bags.

We ended with a free raffle of generous donations from ZJ Boarding House, Patagonia, Peet’s Coffee, Accents Jewelry Design, Heal the Bay, Sony Pictures, Santa Monica Community Volunteer Program and friend Toby Berlin.

Go to healthebay.org/ccd to learn more and to see a posting of results for all of the Santa Monica beach cleanup sites.

See you next year! Same time, same place!

Mary Hubbell, OPA Boardmember

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