2021 California Coastal Cleanup
By Jennifer Robins

Coastal Cleanup at Bolsa ChicaAfter a year’s absence, volunteers particpate
in the Coastal Cleanup at the Bolsa Chica
Ecological Reserve. Photo by Tom Pfeifer.
On a beautiful Saturday, September 18, Amigos volunteers Tom Pfeifer, Nancy Boyd-Batstone, Annie Daw, Jim and Jennifer Robins, Doug and Sharon Von Dollen all arrived at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve around 8:00 a.m. to set up the canopy and tables, bring out the trash grabbers, gloves, bright yellow buckets and other materials for the California Coastal Cleanup at the wetlands.

The parking lot was already almost full with cars driving through looking for a spot to park. Many were visitors to the wetlands, but the volunteer cleanup crews arrived too. They completed their waiver forms, signed out trash grabbers and received a California Coastal Commission Trash Data Form to keep track of the items they found on the trails. They were given gloves and buckets for the trash, which they could easily dump into the dumpster.

It is always amazing to see the sort of trash gathered including cigarette butts, of course, sanitary products, hats, bottles and general roadside trash people have thrown out their car windows. One interesting item was a purple Beanie Baby with its face chewed off. Not sure what animal may have taken a liking to the stuffed bear. Thanks to all who helped make the Amigos de Bolsa Chica Coastal Clean-up Day a success: 36 volunteers that cleaned up 200 pounds of trash.