This Thanksgiving give thanks for the Pacifica Beach Coalition's adventurous and successful group of volunteers, who are planning another big cleanup this weekend.
Helen Nicely of the Pacifica Beach Coalition is hosting a 4th Saturday cleanup on Nov. 24 in the Mussel Rock Park parking area at the end of Westline Drive by Allied Waste Transfer Station from 8:30 to 11 a.m.
Bring your own buckets, grabsticks and gloves although Nicely says she will have extra on hand.
"I want to let you know that collectively this year Pacifica Beach Coalition volunteers have collected nearly 4,000 pounds of trash and recyclables," said Nicely. "My thanks, this Thanksgiving, are for your contributions to this effort. This is enormous for one site."
With the imminent storms that are related to El Nino conditions, enormous rainfalls are expected to fall heavily this season.
"We are facing several such storms this weekend," said Nicely. "I was out in this morning's storm picking up trash and discovered many cigarette butts and plastic bottles racing down the hill in the water to the storm drain. Last month, there was an enormous load of Styrofoam that must have been sitting dormant in the storm drains that was flushed out, en masse, in the first big rain of the Fall (The Big Flush). It landed on the beach near to Mussel Rock at the Secret Waterfall. This happens every year we have large flushes of the storm drain. The message is really that we have to get to the trash before it gets to the beach or it gets washed out to sea very quickly."
There are also four other weekly cleanups in the Pacifica area which are listed in the calendar here.