Help Save the Bolsa Chica from the Onslaught of Trash
By Bill Stern

For many months, Amigos Volunteer Naturalists Jim Robins, Terry Jorris and Bill Stern have been responsible for picking up trash in and around the parking lot and foot bridge off Pacific Coast Highway between Seapoint and Warner. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, our monthly pickup activity has decreased.

However, that hasn’t reduced the amount of trash deposited by visitors to the lot and surrounding pristine Reserve areas. Empty beer cans and liter tossed in the bushes remind us of those days long ago when Huntington Beach was known as Tin Can Beach. About ten years ago all three Bolsa Chica groups got together to contibute to the costs of the portables in both the north and south parking lots. This means your donations help pay for keeping the Reserve clean. Hand washing stations were installed this year. These are necessities but come at a fairly high cost and cannot be sustained if they are abused.

On another serious note, please be aware that car thefts are occurring in the south parking lot. Be vigilant, don’t leave valuables in plain sight and report break-ins and suspicious activity to the police.

Our hope is that the Ecological Reserve will be enjoyed and protected by all visitors. We know that to be good stewards we must be responsible for our actions. Take a few extra steps to use the dumpster, or pack out your trash and dispose of it properly. Help us preserve the natural beauty and health of Bolsa Chica. Working together, we will continue to cherish our wonderful Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve we all love and enjoy.

Trash cleanup collage