Orgs work to clean L.A.'s polluted waters

Irony hurts in the summertime, when there’s ocean as far as the eye can see but only those armored with wetsuits dare dip in a toe. These orgs are making it their business to clean up L.A.’s watering holes in hopes of making a day at the beach pollution free.

Ocean: According to Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay, the five most polluted beaches in

California are in Los Angeles County. Will Rogers State Beach came in #2; Surfrider Beach in Malibu, #4. Says executive director Mark Gold, “Water quality knows no economic boundaries.”

Heal the Bay has many volunteer and educational programs, from beach cleanup to community outreach. For more information, visit Healthebay.org.

River: Friends of the Los Angeles River envision a day when the 52-mile-long L.A. River becomes an oasis of parks, trails and bike paths. The 20-year-old org has educational courses, monthly river walks and outreach programs. At the org’s annual La Gran Limpieza (Great Los Angeles River CleanUp) last month, 3,200 volunteers removed more than 25 tons of trash from 15 river sites. To volunteer or become a Friend of the Los Angeles River, visit Folar.org.

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