Operation Clean Sweep Volunteers “Dive In” to Keep
Santa Barbara Harbor Clean
The seafloor in any busy harbor may be littered with lost or discarded junk, impacting the environment just like litter on land. Ever wonder, “What’s down there, where does it come from and does anybody ever clean it up?”
This Saturday you’ll find out.
Santa Barbara Harbor’s Operation Clean Sweep, a seafloor debris cleanup program, holds its 11th annual event on Saturday, May 6th. A team of volunteer divers, supported by 40 or so volunteer dock workers will remove junk from beneath Marina 3. Divers will locate the junk and dock volunteers will cart it off for disposal. The event begins at 8:00 a.m., with a briefing on the Travel Lift Pier beneath the Harbormaster’s Office.
During past events, volunteers like these—many of them “Clean Sweepers” from the start—removed a total of 17.7 tons of debris from Santa Barbara Harbor. Items retrieved during past years ranged from bicycles, barbeques, plastic barrels, and boat propellers to outboard engines, phones, and the occasional marine battery.
The City of Santa Barbara’s Waterfront Department joins volunteers from NOAA, SB Maritime Museum, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, SB Sail and Power Squadron, Santa Barbara Surfrider Foundation, Channel Islands Marine & Wildlife Institute, and harbor dive businesses in this effort.
For more information about the event or to volunteer, call the Harbormaster’s Office at (805) 564-5531 or visit www.santabarbaraca.gov/cleansweep.
Governor Brown Issues Statement Ahead of U.S. House of Representatives Vote on Trumpcare
SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. issued the following statement ahead of today's vote on Trumpcare – the American Health Care Act – in the U.S. House of Representatives:
“This cruel and ill-conceived bill – the so-called American Health Care Act – rushed to a vote with no fiscal analysis, will hurt American families and it's bad for California. Millions will lose coverage, those with pre-existing conditions will be abandoned and costs will skyrocket.
“Just look at the districts of Representatives David Valadao (R-Hanford), Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) and Steve Knight (R-Lancaster) where 111,000, 109,000 and 76,000 Californians, respectively, are at risk of losing coverage because of this legislation.
“The fig leaf amendments tacked on in the eleventh hour don't change this massive assault on so many decent and hard-working people. Our California congressional delegation should vote no on this abomination.”