Viewpoint High School at October’s Nothin’ But Sand

Ben Moody, Jenn Swart & Ian Sheets at Venice Pier

Ben Moody, Jenn Swart & Ian Sheets at Venice Pier

Healing the Bay
By: Ben Moody

The clean up at Venice beach went great. Although none of our club members could make it except Ian and I, it was a great experience. We arrived at 10 o’clock, and the first thing that stood out to me was the amount of people. It truly is amazing how many people believe in this cause, and it gives me great pride to be supporting Heal the Bay at my school. Another thing that stood out to me was the color of the water. The water was completely green. It shows how many pollutants are present in today’s world, and how it needs to be changed. Once the cleanup began, my group and I noticed that a lot of the trash that we were picking up was Styrofoam. The pieces were very small, and it is easy to be mistaken for food by fish, which is very dangerous. Besides Styrofoam, we picked up other items such as bottle caps, paper, plastic, cigarette butts, and more. One very interesting find was the wrapper of beef jerky, which I decided to squeeze my way under the pier to get! It was very hard work, but it was worth it in the end, as we are saving the environment, and ourselves.

One thought on “Viewpoint High School at October’s Nothin’ But Sand

  1. Ben and Ian, thanks so much for your support at the beach last Saturday. I’m glad you were able to squeeze through the pier to get that beef jerky wrapper!

    Interestingly, the green tint in the water that you saw is being caused by the presence of small drifting organisms like phytoplankton and algae that are multiplying quickly in warm shallow waters that have many nutrients to feed on. These particular ‘blooms’, or the abundant growth of these organisms, have not been found to be harmful to humans. However, they may create shade over some ocean habitats, affecting the growth of other photosynthesizers like kelp. Great observation and hypothesis! In truth, it is humans (and El Nino) making the oceans warmer, and humans who are adding nutrients to our waters through our sewage treatment plant.

    For more information on El Nino and the algal bloom visit the Heal the Bay Blog at:


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