Purely Grateful

We are so grateful for the amazing volunteers, and anonymous donors, and supportive community members. Coastal Angels grows at every single event! Southern California, we want you to know that MANY people, near and far, care about our coastline and the protection of marine life. We hope that by increasing our volunteer force, everyone can feel the impact from strength in numbers. We hope that everyone sees the value in a selfless act like volunteering at cleanup events.

We want to take a minute to acknowledge some of our major accomplishments:

We added kayak cleanups.
We had our first intern.
We completed a three month case study on the most commonly found items at our beach cleanups (bottle caps, straws, and Styrofoam) 
We were featured in a KBS Korean Documentary called, "Plastic Earth."
We hosted our first Music Fundraiser called, "Sound Out Against Pollution (SOAP)."
We took a road trip to support the Kern River Conservancy on Coastal Cleanup Day.

All of these moments add to our movement and cause, which is, voluntarily protecting marine life and beaches from plastics and other pollutants. It is an absolute honor to generate large scale events throughout the years and to continue educating ourselves as well as the community about the trash that is plaguing our coastline.

So, thank you again to everyone who supports Coastal Angels, because without you, we wouldn't be able to reach so many people around the world, done all the beach cleanups (over 38 beach cleanups), and made Coastal Angels a go-to-non-profit for community service hours for schools and universities.

Wishing you all a beautiful 2019.

All my best,

Jacque Winberg
Founder and President

Our First Kayak Cleanup!

On Saturday, November 3, 2018, Coastal Angels went to the Newport Aquatic Center and launched our first kayak cleanup. In partnership with the Newport Conservancy and Newport Rotary, we kayaked the Upper Newport Back Bay. This was a limited space event due to a small amount of kayaks.

What was it like?

It was extremely arduous, muddy, and wildly educational. We experienced the rise and lowering of the tide and how that affects land patches in the estuary. Sometimes it was very smelly, due to the death of a fish and bird. Crabs were in abundance and fish kept jumping out of the water. There was something serene following us while we were working to lighten the impact pollution has in the area. You couldn’t help but be proud to be out there truly making a difference that day.

Since it was our first time, we went to learn as much as possible and kept open minds. Some of the craziest finds were a bicycle wheel, tons of balls, and too many straws. Riding the kayaks was a bit of a challenge at times because a lot of energy was required to paddle and pick up trash. We exerted a lot of energy but we will come more prepared next time.

We hope that we will get approved to come out and volunteer again. It was enlightening but we are very motivated to do it again.

Weekend of June 2 & 3, 2018

What an incredible weekend for Coastal Angels! On June 2nd, we attended the Newport Underwater Cleanup and n June 3rd we hosted a beach cleanup at Bolsa Chica State Beach with some special visitors from South Korea. 

On Saturday, we attended the 2nd Annual Newport Underwater cleanup and supported divers excavating trashy treasures under the water. Some of the strangest items were a plastic Christmas tree, with lights still attached, and shopping carts. We also participated in a round table discussion with other local groups and discussed different ways to collaborate and communicate. It was a rewarding discussion that led to us securing a donation from Boxed Water, an alternative to plastic bottled water. We were grateful to attend and are proud of all the volunteers and activists that showed up to make a difference in Orange County, CA. 

On Sunday, we hosted a beach cleanup at Bolsa Chica State Beach, Tower 27 and had an energized group of community members as well as a film crew from South Korea! The strangest things we found at the cleanup yesterday were a syringe, three rubber bouncing balls, band-aids, and ketchup packets. Our volunteers noticed that there was a reduction in the amount of straws that we normally find. That was a cool note to make because clearly something is happening in the community to see a reduction. 

A film crew from South Korea came to document and interview us and they were were absolutely amazing. We can't thank them enough for spotlighting our hard work and adding us in their documentary. We thank them for their support and choosing us. They took time to understand the nature of the cause and ask many questions about plastic pollution and what we do to combat it. It was a very long and strenuous day but one that was so worth it in the ends. We will update everyone as soon as we have more information about the documentary. 

Inaugural Newport Harbor Underwater Cleanup

Over 200 volunteers from Southern California participated in the first ever Newport Harbor Underwater Cleanup on June 3, 2017. Divers scavenged the Lower Newport Bay for unnatural garbage laying quiescently on the ocean floor.

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On May 27, 2017 Coastal Angels took the "Farm to Table" Cookout Tour at Tanaka Farms in Irvine, CA. This tour lets guests pick vegetables from their farm and eat them in a picnic setting after washing and preparing them. Coastal Angels wants more people to experience the farm-fresh and delightful atmosphere Tanaka Farms has to offer. 

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Marine Debris

Marine debris seems to be a normal part life these days. A typical beach day in Orange County, California includes encounters with trash in the sand or ocean. Things you may see: plastic fragments or syringes sticking out of sand castles, chip and snack bags

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Earth Day 2017 Beach Cleanup

Coastal Angels hosted their 21st beach cleanup on Earth Day April 22, 2017 at Bolsa Chica State Beach, Tower 27 in Huntington Beach, CA. A total of 65 volunteers participated and collected 73 lbs of coastal pollution. Coastal Angels appreciated every volunteer that came out on Earth Day to help protect the environment.

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The Toxic Truth About Microplastics

By Meghan Rice

In previous blog posts, I have explored some of the most dangerous kinds plastics in the ocean.  One form of plastic that I discovered to be surprisingly harmful was microplastics, tiny pieces of plastic found in cosmetics and as byproducts of processes like laundering clothing.

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By Meghan Rice

Much to my surprise, what has been coined as ‘The Great Pacific Garbage Patch’ may actually be a myth, experts say.  According to an article for The Telegraph, Oregon State University’s Associate Professor Dr Angelicque White has said: “The use of the phrase ‘garbage patch’ is misleading .

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Southern California Groundwater: More Than Meets the Eye

By Artun Ereren
 

When driving on the freeway, I occasionally look over to my left or right to a sight of a dried up Santa Ana River.  Before I started my Water education, I always thought the Santa Ana River was a remnant of the past- an empty reminder that Orange County had once had much more abundant water supply.

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