Volunteer Spotlight

Clark Magnet High School Volunteers


This fall members of Ms. Dominique Evans-Day’s senior marine biology class from Clark Magnet High School in La Cresenta joined our Marine Protected Areas (MPA) Watch boat crew. Ms. Evans-Day, Joni, Erik, and Zane joined Michael and Brian aboard the ‘Waterkeeper’ vessel for a MPA Outreach and Monitoring trip in and around the Pt. Dume marine protected areas. While out documenting boat activity and observing marine life, the crew witnessed a once-in-a-lifetime event- the space shuttle Endeavour as it flew overhead on its way into Los Angeles.

In addition to learning the MPA monitoring protocol and documenting boat activity on the water, the crew also got a chance to try out their school’s underwater ROV camera. From the comfort of the boat deck, the Clark High students enjoyed the rare opportunity to view our local sealife as they completed a 30 meter trial transect of the marine protected area substrate inside the State Marine Reserve at Paradise Cove. A great day was had by all and no violations of MPA regulations were observed. Los Angeles Waterkeeper welcomes Clark Magnet High School to our volunteer crew and looks forward to working together in and around the Point Dume and Point Vicente MPAs.


Mar Vista Family Center Volunteers

This summer our DrainWatch program had the wonderful opportunity to work with a talented group of teenagers at the Mar Vista Family Center located on the banks of Ballona Creek in Culver City, CA. The Mar Vista Center specializes in offering low-income youth with educational and enrichment opportunities. LA Waterkeeper Water Quality Coordinator, Lara, lead teams of the aspiring environmentalists, scientists, and public leaders up and down Ballona Creek in order to assess the levels of fecal indicator bacteria (correlated with public health risk from pathogens) in the waters that flow to the creek through our stormwater system. In addition to water quality testing, the teens also surveyed the amounts and types of trash that end up in Ballona Creek.

After spending the summer connecting with their neighborhood creek, the students were asked to put this experience into their own words. When asked why keeping the creek clean is important, Mar Vista volunteer Diana stated ” [i]t is important because it leads to the beach and we go to the beach.” The students learned the significant impact citizen volunteers can have in ensuring strong environmental policies to protect their resources and support healthy communities. After his experience with DrainWatch, volunteer Diego now believes that reducing water pollution is a way we can “help our society.”

Below is a Google Earth map displaying the water quality (faucet icons) and trash (trash can icons) data the Mar Vista volunteers and monthly DrainWatch volunteers collected this summer.

For more information about the Mar Vista Family Center, please visit their website.

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