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Another GREAT Earth Day at Ballona!

On Saturday, April 23 from 9A until Noon, more than 200 volunteers broke up into 3 groups, removing 150 pounds of non-native weeds from the Ballona Dunes and 150 pounds of solid trash from the Ballona Creek Levee.


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Entrance

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Four staff members along with three Board Members and numerous regular volunteers came out to host our event, sponsored by SoCalGas.


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John Gregory and Lisa by April Sandifer

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Councilman Mike Bonin and his staff were on hand to welcome the crowd and do a little weeding, later walking the Creek and seeing what folks were collecting from the Levee.


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Mike Bonin Talking on Earth Day by April Sandifer

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Lisa Bonin Harriel by April Sandifer

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SoCalGas had a big group of volunteers too.


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A group from UCLA came to pull the dreaded Euphorbia terracina – one of the most aggressive weeds at Ballona.


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Our youngest volunteer was a 3 year old who brought his own wheel barrel! Later dad took him for a ride in a real one.


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Boy and Dad with boy in Wheel Barrel by Eloise Appel

A group of Girl Scouts came out too, and assisted Day on the Trestle Trail removing non-native plants.


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Bev-Sue Powers had a very provocative display of fishing line and gear that she collected over a year’s time along the Ballona Jetty, pointing out the need for proper disposal of this gear.


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April, from Loyola Marymount University’s Center for Urban Resilience, helped put up some fabulous Earth Day posters created by students from Open Magnet Charter in Westchester.


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Kids Art Work by April Sandifer

Neysa debuted a new T-Shirt and Hat being offered for a donation.


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A special thanks to Starbucks, for donating much needed coffee, and Alkaline Water in Playa del Rey – for donating delicious water!


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We had a great turnout, a great crowd – and many folks went away happy, helping Mother Earth.


All photos are available on our Flickr Page.


As a reminder, PLEASE LIKE US on Facebook to see what we are doing in the Ballona Watershed on every day – not just Earth Day!


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