Ventura Beach Quality Gets Straight A’s

By Michelle Madsen

This just in: Every single one of Ventura County’s beaches got an A for quality in summer weather. In fact, Surfer’s Point ended up on the Honor Roll.

“In 2014, volunteers collected 3,358 pounds of trash and 228 pounds of recyclables from Ventura beaches.”

Beaches are graded by Heal the Bay, a nonprofit organization that advocates for the environment. Grades are from their 2014-2015 Annual Beach Report Card. With the goal to keep beaches safe and clean, the organization evaluates both summer weather and wet weather conditions and assigns a grade to each beach. Ventura County also succeeded in the wet weather test, with 89% of beaches getting A’s and B’s–some of the top grades around.

Some credit definitely goes to Volunteer Ventura’s beach cleanups. Volunteer coordinator Rosie Ornelas shares, “By partnering with organizations such as Surfrider, local corporations, school groups and service groups, we are able to keep our beaches relatively free of trash and debris.  We are fortunate to have so many residents that believe in being good stewards of our coastline.” In 2014, volunteers collected 3,358 pounds of trash and 228 pounds of recyclables from Ventura beaches. The beach cleanups gain more and more volunteers each year, and our raving reviews show it.

The next two beach cleanups take place on July 5th and July 25th. Look out for California Coastal Cleanup Day on September 19th, which involves around 1,000 volunteers each year. You and I can help Ventura County keep its supreme report card while earning community service hours (college applications, anyone?). Sign up for a cleanup on the Volunteer Ventura website. A little time on the shore with trash bags in hand will no doubt land us on the Honor Roll next year, too.

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