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Human Broom Beach Cleanup

Saturday December 6, 2003

Huntington Beach, near Santa Ana River jetties

We swept through the beach and cleaned up enough to fill all these bags!

Time collected: 1.5 hours (average)
Number of People: 92
Schools Represented:
Buena Park, Corona Del Mar, Fountain Valley, Irvine, Kennedy, Laora, Los Alamitos, Newport Harbor, Northwood, Orange County High School for the Arts, Oxford Academy, Stoddard Elementary, Walker Junior High, Cerritos College, Orange Coast College, and UCI.

Top 3 things collected:

  1. cigarette butts
  2. Styrofoam
  3. Plastic straws

(for detailed list see below)

A special thank you to our guest speakers:
Pat McCully - Alternative Plastic Uses, Circulo de Amigos
Anabel Garcia - Smoke-free Beaches and Piers, Tobacco Use
Prevention Program
Rev. Dr. Gary Herbertson - Affects of War on the Environment, Institute for Global Solutions
Chris Koontz - Environmental Activism, League of Conservation Voters
Linda Nicholes and Bob Siebert - Renewable Energy, Earth Resource Foundation
Joey Racano - Desalination Plant, Community Activist
Rebecca and Louis Robles - Environment and Native American Values, Sacred Sites Task Force
Danielle Valentino - Environment and Politics, Office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
Al White - Global Peace Issues, Orange County Friends

Thank you to
BJ's Pizza, Papa John's, and Souplantation for making sure that we were fed during lunch!

A very special Thank You goes out to
Elle Erpenbeck, Megan Randall, and Jessie Loeb
from the Newport Harbor High School Earth Resource Foundation Club.

They put in a lot of hard work to make sure that this event went smoothly.

And of course, THANK YOU all who attended and had a great time cleaning up the beach and learning about the various environmental topics!!

Stephanie Barger introducing the president of the Newport Harbor High School Earth Resource Foundation Club, Elle Erpenbeck.
Stephanie Barger welcoming the students to the clean up.
Elle Erpenbeck welcoming all the participants with her great environmental jokes!
Elle sharing her environmental jokes to all participants!
Stephanie Barger explaining safety procedures for the beach clean up. Safety first!
Participants listening to safety procedures.
Listening to the safety concerns of picking up trash on the beach. Safety always comes first!
Gathering around to get some information.
The speakers discussing among themselves the agenda of the day. From left to right: Stephanie Barger, Louis Robles, Rebecca Robles, Al White, Danielle Valentino, Joey Racano, Linda Nicholes, and Pat McCully.
Congressman Rohrabacher, next to the lineup of guest speakers, speaking to the students.
Congressman Rohrabacher.
Workshops
Stephanie Barger, executive director of Earth Resource Foundation, introduces the speakers and briefly discusses each topic. From left to right: Stephanie Barger, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Pat McCully, Rev. Dr. Gary Herbertson, Al White, Bob Siebert, Linda Nicholes, Rebecca Robles, Louis Robles, Anabel Garcia, Chris Koontz, and Danielle Valentino.
Stephanie Barger, executive director of Earth Resource Foundation, introduces the speakers and briefly discusses each topic. From left to right: Stephanie Barger, Bob Siebert, Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, Pat McCully, Rev. Dr. Gary Herbertson, Al White, Linda Nicholes, and Rebecca Robles.
Environment and Native American Values
Rebecca and Louis Robles
Sacred Sites Task Force
Alternative Plastic Uses
Pat McCully
Circulo de Amigos
Smoke-free Beaches and Piers
Anabel Garcia
Tobacco Use Prevention Program
Affects of War on the Environment
Rev. Dr. Gary Herberton
Institute for Global Solutions
Environment and Politics
Danielle Valentino
Office of Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez
Environmental Activism
Chris Koontz
League of Conservation Voters
Desalination Plant
Joey Racano
Concerned Activist
Renewable Energy
Linda Nicholes
Earth Resource Foundation
Renewable Energy
Something we should think about.
Cleaning up the beach.
Look at all the garbage near the river jetty.
Look at all the garbage near the river jetty.
Sometimes the bags get too heavy to carry!
Look at all the Styrofoam that was found in just one small area!
The lovely beach that we are trying to clean up!
Ananya Mullane, Youth Program Coordinator, Earth Resource Foundation, also getting her hands dirty!
Results
Trash we all picked up from the beach.
Trash we all picked up from the beach.
Items collected
Aluminum: 3
Bags: 60
Bait containers/packaging: 12
Balloons: 120
Beverage Bottle (Glass): 137 (including some broken)
Beverage Bottle (Plastic): 43
Beverage Cans: 11
Bird
Bone
Bubble wrap
Building materials: 1
Caps/Lids: 256
Carpet Block: 1
Chair: 1
Cigar tips: 51
Cigarette Lighter: 4
Cigarettes/Filters/Butts: 841
Cleaner bottles (bleach): 1
Condom: 1
Crab/Lobster/Fish traps: 1
Cups/Plates/Utensils: 135
Fastfood Containers: 13
Fishing line/lures: 5
Fishing lures/light sticks: 1
Food wrappers/containers: 378
Limbless Barbie on a stick
McDonalds Cup
McDonalds Ketchup
Nails: 543
Other: 1
Pants patch
Pieces of clothing: 7
Plastic bags: 48
Plastic sheeting/tarps: 5
Plastic: unidentified and endless
Pull Tabs: 146
Rope: 18
Shoe sole
Six pack holder: 2
Starbucks Bottle
Strapping bands: 70
Straws/stirrers: 469
Styrofoam: endless (aka tons of Styrofoam chunks)
Syringes: 1
Tape Player internals
Toys: 75


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