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

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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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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How Plastic Ends Up In The Ocean

Plastic is one of the largest threats plaguing our oceans and marine ecosystems today. There are many types of pollution, but plastic is particularly damaging due to the sheer volume of it that is making it's way into the ocean and the fact that it takes centuries for a piece of plastic to decompose.

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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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Great Pacific Garbage...Soup?

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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A message from Coastal Angels President, Jacque Winberg

I created Coastal Angels in March of 2015. I became aware of plastic pollution on Southern California's beaches and was also inspired by a documentary titled, Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. I began thinking of how I could help make a difference in the environment and decided that hosting beach cleanups with my friends and family would be a good foundation.

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