It may have been the Summer of Gloom along Southern California's coast, but the beach still managed to collect its fair share of pop tops, cigarette butts, pressed foam cups and all manner of other dreck.
On Saturday, a small army of volunteers plans to put the litter in its place during the seventh annual Coastal Cleanup Day. The public is invited to help, with plastic sacks and other equipment provided by the California Coastal Commission.
Cleanup crews will gather at 9 a.m. at 15 locations along the coast, including several in the South Bay. The groups are to meet under blue-and-white Coastal Cleanup Day banners at each of the following beaches: Manhattan Beach, Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, Torrance, Zuma, Malibu, Topanga, Will Rogers, Santa Monica, Venice, Ballona Lagoon, Dockweiler, Abalone Cove, Cabrillo and Long Beach.
The three-hour cleanup is sponsored by the Coastal Commission and coordinated locally by the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, and Heal the Bay.
Volunteers last year collected an estimated 12,000 pounds of debris.