Gayle Anderson broadcast live from Santa Monica this morning with information about the Saturday, September 15 Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer day on the planet.
Gayle was broadcasting from the historic African American Bay Street Beach in Santa Monica. Known as the "Inkwell," the city beach site was a popular hangout for African Americans in Los Angeles Countyfrom the 1920s to the early 1960s, long after racial restrictions on public beaches were invalidated in 1927. Santa Monica Conservancy docents will educate volunteers about the history of the site as well as environmental concerns at Bay Street Beach. The first 100 people who volunteer at this site will receive a FREE ticket to the "Jazz for the Environment Concert" at EarthFest L.A. 2012 at 2 p.m. at West L.A. College in Culver City.
Scuba certified participants will get a chance to clear underwater debris at Leo Carillo State Beach, Redondo Beach and the Santa Monica and Malibu piers. Kayakers are welcome to join the Santa Monica Bay Restoration for a kayak cleanup in Marina del Rey, with required registration. Mountain Restorations Trust will co-sponsor a mountain bike site, where cyclists can help haul junk from an area in the Malibu Creek Watershed that's difficult to reach on foot.
In addition, there will be three Code Red cleanup sites, which are swamped with tons of harmful trash and debris, such as plastic bags. These Code Red sites are Dominguez Channel (Artesia Transit Center and Wilmington Marinas) and Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, as well as Arroyo Seco in Pasadena.
Registration at all cleanup sites begins at 8:30 a.m. Please bring the waiver form with you to the registration table, which is available for download at Cleanup Waiver. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by parent or guardian. You may also download parking passes at the above link, which you must place on your dashboard during the event. Please wear closed toe shows and comfortable clothes. Refreshments and cleanup tools will be provided.