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Coastal Cleanup Day swells; more sites inland and underwater

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Seventy thousand Californians are descending on beaches and other spots along the coast for a cleanup effort today. Plenty of those spots are inland, though; here's Heal the Bay's map. 

View Coastal Cleanup Day 2012 - All Sites in a larger map

Heal the Bay organizes most of the massive volunteer effort in LA County. Last year volunteers throughout the state picked up almost 700-thousand pounds of trash and more than 100-thousand pounds of recyclables. This year, they're asking for special help at "CODE RED" sites, noted with a red exclamation above. 

Kayakers will pick up trash they find boatside in Marina del Rey. The cleanup even includes underwater spots: dive-certified volunteers will meet near piers with mesh bags to pick up junk that coastal visitors have left behind. The city of Long Beach plans to send volunteers out from the El Dorado Nature Center too.

The cleanup day is the kickoff for a three-week national campaign for public awareness of environmental impacts along the coast.