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Here we offer a variety of articles written by ODA about our activities or issues of concern.


Mar 27 2017

Diversity in Defending the Oceans

Super volunteers Cheryl and Marc McCarthy inform the public about ODAThere's more to ODA that you might think!

While we're all about working for a debris-free sea, we do it from many angles.

Thankfully, we have a diverse team of volunteers who get to help the oceans in a variety ways.Check out what the gang has been up to lately!

Read more: Diversity in Defending the Oceans

Mar 14 2017

Cleanup at Bolsa Chica Channel

Bolsa Chica Channel cleanup with mallardOur hearts are sickened to see a beautiful mallard navigating through this dirty waterway filled with plastic, styrofoam, and all kinds of trash.

Come see how we cleaned his home...and join us next time!

Read more: Cleanup at Bolsa Chica Channel

Mar 06 2017

600 Pounds of Plastic Debris ‘Put in its Place’

ODA Shoreline Cleanup Crew volunteers Dee and Kurt WoodsDo you realize the big difference just a few people can make?

We had a Shoreline Cleanup Crew of nine people and we removed 600 pounds of plastic debirs!

Shout-out to first-time cleanup volunteers Kurt and Dee Woods. Your efforts made a tangible difference for the ocean and its precious wildlife!

Read more: 600 Pounds of Plastic Debris ‘Put in its Place’

Feb 14 2017

Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Cleanup Effort Continues

ODA cleans habitat of Reddish Egret and CurlewWe need the rain in California, but we don't love the destruction it can bring.

In our case, in Southern Cal, our coastlines have been blanketed with trash--a lot of it plastic--that was washed towards the ocean by the torrential rains.

Check out our awesome Coastal Cleanup Crew and their "catch of the day"!

Read more: Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge Cleanup Effort Continues

Feb 07 2017

Wetlands More Habitable Now

ODA Cleanup Crew hard at workWetlands are vital for migrating birds and as hatchery habitat for young fish.

The last thing these animals need is plastic in their habitat!

See what our champion team accomplished this Sunday, and consider joining the fun next weekend!

Read more: Wetlands More Habitable Now

Jan 31 2017

Huntington Beach Harbor Clean-up Under Way

ODA Harbor Clean-up Crew removing plastic and debris.When it rains it pours…garbage!

And that's when the ODA Crew gets to work.

There was--and still is--so much trash to remove from Huntington Beach Harbor. Please read about it and give us a hand!

Read more: Huntington Beach Harbor Clean-up Under Way

Jan 26 2017

Plastic Patrol Plea for Partners

ODA volunteer Darlene Sommers and Founder Kurt LeiberWe, in Southern California, are thankful for the recent rain, but now in the aftermath, we urgently need help in cleaning up the plastic and other trash that washed into Huntington Harbor!

Let's clean it up together! Join us this Sunday, the 29th, at 10am. Please contact:

Read more: Plastic Patrol Plea for Partners

Jan 16 2017

A Plastic Ocean

Trash, lots of plasticShout-out to our friend Jo Ruxton who just finished producing a new documentary called A Plastic Ocean. It's a sad but true story the whole world needs to hear.

We're pleased that one of the directors on our board--Bonnie Monteleone--is one of the scientists featured in the film. Go Bonnie!!

Read more: A Plastic Ocean

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