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Heal the Bay mobilizes for beach cleanup

September 7, 2010 | 12:45 pm

If you've read Heal the Bay's annual beach report card, you know that while some strands have shown improvement, there are still some filthy waterfronts and waterways in the Southland.

If you want to do something about it, Sept. 25 is the group's annual beach cleanup at some 60 sites from Compton to Malibu. 

This year, several "code red" sites have been identified: Dominguez Channel, Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park, Los Angeles River and Encino’s Haskell Creek. These urban sites are hit with runoff and are choked with litter such as plastic bags and fast-food packaging.

Volunteers will don scuba gear in Santa Monica, Redondo Beach and Leo Carrillo State Beach and take to kayaks in Marina del Rey. But anyone of any skill level and physical ability can pitch in. Generally, tens of thousands have shown up in the previous 20 of these annual blitzes.

Heal the Bay is hoping volunteers will keep it green by bringing their own buckets or bags, to cut back on the use of plastic bags.

Registration information and cleanup tips:

-- Geoff Mohan