Coastal Cleanup Day, an international event that began in 1985, will take place at a variety of Westside locations Saturday, Sept. 17th, from 9 a.m. to noon. And for the seventh consecutive year, the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission will host the only kayak cleanup site in Los Angeles County.

The kayak location is unique because the commission provides kayaks and small nets for volunteers to use in order to pick up debris that has already entered the ocean.

Michelle Kearney, the commission coordinator for Marina del Rey, said there will be 70 cleanup locations this year, 20 more than in 2010. “What we’ve been finding is every year we tend to find last trash, which means these annual events are working,” she said.

California Coastal Cleanup Day is coordinated in Los Angeles County by Heal the Bay in conjunction with the California Coastal Commission and the Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors. Over 90 countries around the world take part in the beach and waterway cleanup, making it one of the largest volunteer efforts on the planet, according to Santa Monica based Heal the Bay.

“The idea isn’t to necessarily pick up more trash: it’s growing awareness of marine debris, how it gets into the ocean and how we can change people’s behavior,” Kearney explained.

Online registration for the Marina del Rey site is open Information, www.santamonicabay.org or email Kearney, mkearney@waterboards.ca.gov.

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