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…Tiana Tinsley! Tiana’s photograph received a whopping 127 likes on Facebook and is our #CCD2012 Instagram Photo Contest winner! Tiana’s photograph will be exhibited at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and published in our Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 wrap-up book. Tiana and a guest will get to spend an afternoon exploring the aquarium with an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour! Congratualtions Tiana!

 

 

Tiana Tinsley Instagram photo winner CCD2012 beach coastal cleanupday

Second place went to Jacki Carr, whose photograph will be exhibited at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and published in our Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 wrap-up book.

Jackie Carr Instagram photo winner CCD2012 beach coastal cleanupday

Courtney Middleton’s photograph came in third place and will be exhibited at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

Courtney Middleton Instagram photo winner CCD2012 beach coastal cleanupday

Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and who voted for the winners on Facebook.



Thousands of Angelenos braved the heat on Coastal Cleanup Day, ridding their neighborhoods and favorite waterways of harmful and unsightly trash while simultaneously capturing the moments on their Smartphones and cameras.

After many days of deliberation, we have come up with three finalists in the #CCD2012 Instagram contest. Now we need you to pick a winner. To vote on Facebook, click on this link, then click on your favorite photo, click “Like” and you’re done! The picture with the most “Likes” by Monday, October 15, 2012, wins. Thank you to everyone who submitted such beautiful photographs, the decision was a very difficult one!

Prizes:

  • First Prize: The photograph will be exhibited at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and published in our Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 wrap-up book. You and a guest will also receive a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium!
  • Second Prize (2): The photograph will be exhibited at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and published in our Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 wrap-up book.
  • Third Prize (5): The photograph will be exhibited at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.
  • Top 3 Pictures: Instagram Photo Contest



Despite scorching temperatures, Southlanders showed up in droves on Saturday to pick up nearly 20 tons of ocean-bound debris as part of Heal the Bay’s 23rd annual Coastal Cleanup Day.

From Agoura Hills to Wilmington, 9,323 Angelenos worked together to protect what they love, scouring local beaches, inland waterways, regional parks and urban neighborhoods from 9 a.m. to noon.

 Heal the Bay’s efforts spanned 58 sites and 56 miles, mobilizing volunteers from local corporations, service groups, faith-based organizations, school clubs and youth sports teams who worked in tandem to gather and remove 38,598 pounds of debris. Cigarette butts, plastic bottles and caps, snack-food packaging, plastic bags and Styrofoam fragments were among the most frequently found items at cleanups.

 Among the unusual objects found at the September 15 cleanups: a dead rooster with its head cut off, likely a remnant of a voodoo or Santeria ritual (Santa Monica Beach); a dead cat found in a bag (Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park); a rifle barrel, later confiscated by police (Torrance Beach). And in the “Only in L.A.” file: a tattered headshot of an aspiring actor found by divers on the sea bottom near the Santa Monica Pier.

Read our news release for more details.

If you missed Coastal Cleanup Day, no worries! Heal the Bay hosts monthly cleanups, every third Saturday 10 a.m.-Noon. Learn more.

Still feeling left out? Donations fuel our cleanups. Just $20 can help run a cleanup site in your neighborhood. Donate now.



Thousands of Angelenos braved the heat on Saturday’s Coastal Cleanup Day, ridding their neighborhoods and favorite waterways of harmful and unsightly trash while simultaneously capturing the moments on their Smartphones and cameras.

This year’s CCD motto was “Every Piece of Trash You Remove Reveals Something Beautiful” and if you took a great photo we’d love to see it! Please share it with @HealTheBay on Instagram, and your photograph could be on exhibit at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and featured in the Coastal Cleanup Day wrap-up publication! Images can be of a beach or kayak cleanup, underwater photos from a dive cleanup, pictures of trash, clean beaches, volunteers, or anything from Coastal Cleanup Day 2012!

How to enter: Upload photos from Coastal Cleanup Day to your Instagram feed, make sure they are public, and tag them with #CCD2012 AND @HealtheBay, as well as including location information through Geo-Tagging and/or hashtagging with your cleanup site’s name (i.e. #DockweilerBeach). At the end of the contest, Heal the Bay will collect all of the photos and decide the winners. You can enter as many photos as you want!

You can submit photos from now until September 29, and the winner will be announced October 1 through Instagram, so start uploading to Instagram! Good luck!

Prizes:

  • First Prize: Your photograph will be exhibited at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and published in our Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 wrap-up book. You and a guest will also receive a private, behind-the-scenes tour of Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium!
  • Second Prize (2): Your photograph will be exhibited at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium and published in our Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 wrap-up book.
  • Third Prize (5): Your photograph will be exhibited at Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.

For those not familiar with the photo sharing app, Instagram is an app for Smartphones that lets you easily tweak photos from your mobile device to give them an artistic look. If you don’t have it already installed on your phone, download the app for free.

Entries to the #CCD2012 Instagram Contest!

No purchase necessary. No automated entries. Enter as many photos as you like. Photos must be taken at a Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 volunteer site in order to be eligible. By entering the contest, each entrant agrees that his or her submission is an original work of authorship and he or she owns all right, title and interest in the entry as of the date of submission. By entering the contest, entrants agree to assign all right, title, and interest, including copyright rights, in the entry to Heal the Bay and grant permission for Heal the Bay to publish or publicize all or part of their entry, including but not limited to entrant’s name, likeness and photo, in whole or in part, for advertising, promotional and trade or other purposes in conjunction with this and similar promotions in any and all media now known or hereafter developed, worldwide in perpetuity, without notice or permission and without compensation, except where prohibited by law.



Before clearing the beach of trash, why not clear your mind as well?

Yoga Trailblazers is offering a free yoga class at 8 a.m. at the Dockweiler Tower 40 Coastal Cleanup Day site in Playa del Rey (also known as Toes Beach). This yoga class will be filmed. All participants must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a parent/legal guardian. 

The first 25 participants to arrive will get a free pass to YogaWorks!

RSVP to Laura@yogatrailblazers.com.





Lifeguard Marcus Chapman and Captain Remy Smith will volunteer at this year’s Coastal Cleanup Day on September 15 to help protect ocean users from the effects of pollution.

Chapman will be at the historic African American beach site at Bay Street as a volunteer in Los Angeles County ocean lifeguard beach uniform. Not able this year to volunteer himself due to injury and recent surgery, Captain Smith organized an ocean lifeguard team to accompany Chapman to support the cleanup day event. Christopher Smith (Captain Smith’s son), Brandon Henry Snell and Josh Williams will be the other LAC ocean lifeguards helping out at the historic Bay Street on Cleanup Day this year.

A fifth-generation Santa Monican, Smith became a lifeguard 22 years ago because of his love for the ocean environment. Chapman also provided ocean lifesaving protection for 22 years, serving as an aquatic and water safety educator.

Come out and protect what you love on Coastal Cleanup Day. Find a site near you!

Can’t make Coastal Cleanup Day? Just $20 can help run a cleanup site in your neighborhood. Donate.



What’s better after a fulfilling day of participating in Coastal Cleanup Day, the biggest volunteers day on the planet, than an ice-cold beer? That is, if you’re of age of course.

LandShark Lager has partnered with Hermosa bars and restaurants including American Junkie, Poop Deck, Waterman’s to offer lunch deals for Coastal Cleanup Day participants immediately after the cleanup! Participants from all South Bay locations are welcome!

LandShark is also donating six packs of beer in reusable metal buckets. Those buckets will be given away at the South Bay Coastal Cleanup sites at Hermosa BeachRedondo Beach and Manhattan Beach and can be used for future beach cleanups. 

Bottom’s up!



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.

Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 on KTLA Gayle Anderson Morning News

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.

For a list of all the cleanup sites, please visit Coastal Cleanup Sites.

(Courtesy of KTLA.com)



Nearly 700 elementary school students — many of whom had never visited the ocean before — arrived at the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, for a day of environmentally focused games, lessons and activies. Heal the Bay’s eighth annual Coastal Cleanup Education Day allowed students from underserved communities to explore the beach and aquarium, leading up to the Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer day on the planet, on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The eager students from six schools collected 109 pounds of trash and five cylindrical feet of smelly cigarette butts. They participated in activies ranging from sand crab sifting to a competitve beach cleanup. Heal the Bay provided the free field trip for school groups including bus transportation and a gift bag.

Tara Treiber, Heal the Bay’s Education Director, remembers a little boy with tears of joy who came up to her at lunch. The young man “literally tugged on my skirt and said, ‘Excuse me, Miss, but I just needed to thank you for bringing me to see the beach today.'” 

Heal the Bay also unveiled its new teacher resources as part of a partnership with National Geographic Education. The Environmental Literacy Guides cover fresh water, ocean, energy and climate change and are available at no cost to all K-8 classrooms throughout California. 

Coastal Cleanup Education Day 2012

The “Great White Sharks” from Robert F. Kennedy Elementary School show off their fins.

 Coastal Cleanup Education Day 2012

The fifth graders from Downtown Value School collected more than five cylindrical feet of cigarette butts from Santa Monica Beach.

See more photos from Coastal Cleanup Education Day.

Download the guides from National Geographic.