Wednesday, November 30, 2016

#SantaMonica Beach Trash Report: Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016

Dateline: Wednesday morning, November 30, 2016... our photos and videos of the state of the #beachtrash along the water's edge in Santa Monica south and north of the world famous Santa Monica Pier...

Below, the contaminated water and/or issue of hazardous waste on the beach this morning at the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain that we discussed in yesterday's report on this same blog remains unresolved.  Interestingly, we received a reply message on our Twitter Account from both Shutters Hotel and Casa Del Mar Hotel today, as follows:

"the City of Santa Monica is aware of the issue and is beginning a sewage improvement project on Dec 5th."

Comment:  This is good news, particularly if this sewage improvement project does in fact remove the contaminated water that sits for days unresolved in the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain outlet on the sand as shown in the photo below.  In my opinion, however, there will continue to be overflow issues
and contaminated water will collect on the sand and the City will end up bulldozing the sand at the water's edge so that the contaminated water once again drains out to the ocean and no hazardous materials personnel will actually wade into the contaminated water pond to remove it.  Additionally, the sewage improvement project will not solve the separate but related issue of #beachtrash along the water's edge that builds up daily from beach patrons that litter, etc., and which the City of Santa Monica continues not to hand pick and dispose of on a regular basis.

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At Water's Edge: The Video

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Beauty And The Beast: The Video

Below, local wildlife along the beach adjacent to the Pico-Kenter storm drain.

Question: Does #BeachTrash also threaten the health of our coastal wildlife?  

Cigarette butts, plastic, styrofoam, etc.... this continuing sad saga of uncollected #beachtrash most certainly negatively impacts the health of the local coastal wildlife.  The failure of the City of Santa Monica to make sure that its landscape/sanitation dept. has staff that walk the beach and hand pick up the #beachtrash along the water's edge on a regular basis is a continuing disappointment and threat to our local environment.

Fortunately, thanks specifically to the college students in the marine biology department at Santa Monica College that hand picked up #beachtrash along the water's edge from the pier to Bay St.,
the beach just south of the pier was still fairly clean today with some new #beachtrash showing up as shown below...

And then I walked under the pier to the north side, aka, Santa Monica North, where there was additional #beachtrash uncollected by the City of Santa Monica due to the fact that no one has walked the beach along the water's edge and hand picked it up for disposal...

Below, this discarded plastic container was also observed here on the beach yesterday...

How much #beachtrash is there on the north side of the pier?... Only the shadow seems to know because no one is walking down here along the water's edge and hand picking up the #beachtrash on a regular basis...

Lifeguard Tower #14 pulled back to the middle of the beach for the winter, below...

Stunning views, eh?!...  Why does the City of Santa Monica not care enough about the #beachtrash along the water's edge to make sure that it's staff is walking there and hand picking it up as the City spokesperson has said it does.... and which our regular audits shows not to be the case.

Our goal and our mission, as previously stated on several occasions, is to convince the City of Santa Monica that it's sanitation/landscape staff is neither regularly or daily walking the water's edge and hand picking up #beachtrash. Once convinced, we will continue our efforts to get the City to actually start hand picking up said #beachtrash along the water's edge along the entire length of the State Beach that the City of Santa Monica is responsible for maintaining and which, to date, the City has apparently not had the civic integrity to actually make happen on a regular basis.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Santa Monica business owner

(All photos and videos by & Copyright William Maguire 2016.)

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016: Santa Monica #BeachTrash Report

Dateline: Tuesday morning, November 29, 2016... along Santa Monica South between the Santa Monica Pier and Bay St... I began our audit this morning by walking along the soft sand behind Lifeguard Tower #17, just two towers south of the pier... whereupon I noticed a small group of students collecting and hand picking up #beachtrash (see photos below). I spoke with them a few minutes later and learned that they are from a marine biology class from nearby Santa Monica College.  I thanked them for picking up the #beachtrash along the water's edge, esp. because the City of Santa Monica does not do so either regularly or daily.

Santa Monica College students above and below hand pick up #beachtrash along the shore line...  How come student volunteers can hand pick up #beachtrash but the City of Santa Monica does not do so either regularly or daily?!...  Answer: because the staff assigned to do this is not doing so.

Below, a build of of sludge and/or contaminated water at the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain along with miscellaneous #beachtrash that the City of Santa Monica has not cleaned up.  In our opinion, this will not be cleaned up. Instead, the City will have its tractors open up the creek to the ocean and this contaminated water will be allowed to flow into the ocean.  I wonder what the EPA or the Coastal Commission would think of this.  This may also be a "hazardous materials" issue that should be dealt with by the City of Santa Monica.  Frankly, in my opinion, there will be no collection and/or proper disposal of this contaminated water by the City of Santa Monica.

This contaminated water and/or sludge is RIGHT SMACK in front of SHUTTERS Hotel and CASA DEL MAR...  How nice for their guests...

Note: The Santa Monica College Students picked up this #beachtrash below so the City won't have to do it... even though it is unlikely that the City would do so anyways...

South of the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain, an abundance of #beachtrash was observed and which had not as yet been collected by the volunteer students from Santa Monica College, let alone the City of Santa Monica...

Lots of cigarette butts that will never be collected and/or disposed of by the City of Santa Monica...

Additional #beachtrash along high tide line right out front of Lifeguard Tower #20 at Bay St....

What a beautiful stretch of beach, eh?!.... Too bad the City of Santa Monica cannot seem to find a single employee to walk the water's edge and to hand pick up #beachtrash on a daily basis...

Below, a City of Santa Monica sanitation dept. tractor and rake above the berm.... This is as close to the water's edge as the City regularly cleans, even though there is an abundance of #beachtrash between the berm and the water's edge that needs to be regularly hand picked and properly disposed.

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Santa Monica Beach Overview: The Video

It turns out it was just as bad on the other side of the Santa Monica Pier (aka, the north side), as the following photos reveal, e.g., no one has walked the water's edge and  hand picked up the #beachtrash:

Below, fortunately the L.A. County Dept. of Beaches & Harbors is keeping fresh paint on the lifeguard towers and removing graphitti... 

So the beat, er, #beachtrash goes on and on and on and on.....  with no end in sight and no indication of any improvement by the City of Santa Monica, which unfortunately basically doesn't give a hoot about the #beachtrash that plagues it's beaches along the water's edge.

Instead, it is up to volunteer organizations and groups of students from children to college students, to clean up the #beachtrash along the water's edge in the City of Santa Monica.

Respectfully submitted,

William Maguire,
Santa Monica business owner

(All photos and video by & Copyright William Maguire 2016.)

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