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Tackling Marine Debris. Kirsten James Water Quality Director Heal the Bay. Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean. The Changing Face of Water Pollution.

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tackling marine debris

Tackling Marine Debris

Kirsten James

Water Quality Director

Heal the Bay

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Heal the Bay is a nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to making Southern California coastal waters and watersheds, including Santa Monica Bay, safe, healthy and clean.

extent of the problem
Extent of the Problem
  • 60-80% of all marine debris is plastic, and 90% of floating marine debris is plastic
  • 3.5 million tons of plastics off CA
  • 5 million mi2 garbage patch
  • 6x the amount of plastic than plankton

Photo: Algalita Foundation

Photo: Algalita Foundation

Sources: CA Coastal Commission; AMRF; AMRF; C.J. Moore et al (2001)

marine life impacts
Marine Life Impacts

Photo: Whale Rescue Team

Photo: CA Coastal Commission

Photo: Vanderlip

economic impacts
Economic Impacts
  • Tourism largest industry in CA
  • Ocean Economy valued at $46 billion
  • Ocean-dependent industries add over $17 billion and 370,000 jobs to California’s economy

Sources: National Ocean Economics Program (2005); The Plastic and Marine Debris Waste Reduction, Recycling and Composting Act

clean up costs add up
Clean-up costs add up…
  • Los Angeles County: $4,157,388

(annual clean-up cost of 31 miles of beach)

  • City of Santa Monica: $541,000

(annual cost of clean-up of plastic waste on the beach)

  • City of Long Beach:$878,262

(1998-99 cost of gathering and disposing of trash a the mouth of the LA River during the rainy season)

Sources: LA River Trash TMDL; City of Santa Monica

trash tmdls
Trash TMDLs
  • East Fork San Gabriel
  • Ballona Creek and Wetlands
  • Los Angeles River
  • Legg Lake, Machado Lake, Ventura River Estuary, Lake Elizabeth, Munz Lake, Lake Hughes, Revolon Slough and Beardsley Wash
  • Malibu Creek
opc resolution on marine debris
OPC Resolution on Marine Debris
  • Reduce sources of plastic marine debris
  • Reduce single-use plastic packaging
  • Remove derelict fishing gear
  • Ban toxic plastic packaging
  • Increase enforcement of laws to eliminate pollution by nurdles
statewide legislation
Statewide Legislation
  • “Nurdles” – AB 258
  • Derelict Fishing Gear – AB 899
  • Plastic Bags – AB 2058

Photo: CA Coastal Commission

Photo: Algalita Foundation

local county ordinances
Local/County Ordinances

Polystyrene and bags

  • City of Los Angeles – PS ban in city facilities; bags 2010
  • Santa Monica – PS ban adopted 11/06; bags 2008
  • Malibu – EPS ban adopted 2/05; bags 2008
  • Manhattan Beach – Bags 2008
  • County of LA – Bag reduction targets 2008
outreach
Outreach

A Day Without A Bag

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2007 Partnerships

Bags Donated By: LA County, City of LA, Ralphs, 1Bagatatime.com, Earthwise, BYORB.com, Ecobags.com, West 19th

Bring Your Own

Earth Resource Foundation

Environment California

Mujeres de la Tierra

Palisades Cares

Palisades Green Initiative

Reusable Bag Coalition

overview of day without a bag 2007
Overview of Day Without A Bag 2007
  • 22 cities in Los Angeles County signed resolutions designating the day as A Day Without a Bag
  • Over 10,000 reusable bags were handed out to Los Angeles County residents
  • 17 reusable bag giveaways took place throughout Los Angeles County
save the date
Save the Date

December 18th

  • Business partnerships
  • Volunteer at giveaway locations
  • Spread the word
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