I currently and an employee at the Channel Islands Boating Center. I mainly work in the harbor but I like to utilize the beach across the street as much as possible. Every Wednesday we have a small group of homeschooled kids come to the Boating Center. Their favorite thing to do is beach cleanups. So we walk across the street to Hollywood beach, across from Silver Strand with a bucket, some gloves, and a GPS. We use the GPS to track all the trash we collect on the sand by marking each coordinate.
On this particular Wednesday, there was a tractor grooming the beach. They groom this beach because the of sand builds up too close to the houses all along the coastline. Each home is about 100 yards from the waterline. I noticed the tractors only groom about 50 yards of the beach, and avoid the dunes. The dunes are fenced off as a part of a restoration project to help increase snowy plover population.
Despite the low number of people that come to this beach, the amount of trash is unbelievable. As a group, we filled a whole bucket in forty minutes. It felt really good to clean the beach, and we agreed we will do this every Wednesday for the rest of the semester. Another observation I had was how clean the water appeared despite all the trash in the debris. I am really excited to see what we find through our GPS tracking and maybe we can figure out why this beach collects so much trash.