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Surf City out in full force for Earth Day

April 20, 2000

Angelique Flores

HUNTINGTON BEACH -- City officials have decided to pay homage to Mother

Earth by helping to clean her up. They have organized several

environmental events in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Earth

Day.

The city will host an Earth Day Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at

the beach. Volunteers should meet north of the pier at Main Street and

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Pacific Coast Highway. Parking is free to volunteers at the 1st Street

and Pacific Coast Highway Parking lot.Volunteers will receive a trash

bag, an assigned area of the beach to clean, as well as pick-sticks and

gloves.

At 11 a.m., trash and recyclable items will be brought to a central

location where data sheets will be completed on collected material. These

will be forwarded to the California Coastal Commission for an activity

report on the event.

Another event is intended to help prevent ocean pollution by cleaning up

the city streets. Volunteers and the Huntington/Seal Beach chapter of the

Surfrider Foundation will join forces to clean up the storm drains and

gutters on Main Street that collect urban runoff.

"We need to educate people to focus on the start of pollution, not the

end," said Kate Fox, event coordinator.

Volunteers can meet at the pier at Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway

at 10 a.m. Saturday. The cleanup will last until noon. Bags and gloves

will be provided. The cleanup area will also include the beach.

The Bolsa Chica Interpretive Center will celebrate Earth Day, along with

the return of the least terns to their nesting islands at the Bolsa Chica

Ecological Reserve from South America.

The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will feature tern

information and a photograph display. Special environmental handouts will

be available for children. The center is at 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington

Beach. Visitors can park at the Bolsa Chica State Beach parking lot.

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