Help WeHo clean up the Orange County oil spill
The City of West Hollywood encourages community members to make donations to organizations in dire need of contributions to support cleanup, wildlife rescue and recovery efforts in the aftermath of the great offshore oil spill off the coast of Orange County in Southern California on Saturday October 2, 2021. With more than 130,000 gallons of leaks and circulating along the shoreline, the spill leaves behind a trail of thick mud devastating wildlife and ecological reserves.
The city of West Hollywood activates itsWest Hollywood respondsprogram to help encourage contributions to agencies and organizations working on cleanup and salvage. The City has a list of organizations on its website atwww.weho.org/wehoresponds.
“As we witness the devastating effects of the climate emergency unfold in multiple ways around the world, the news of this oil spill hits our community closely. Many residents and businesses in the City of West Hollywood are asking what they can do to help, ”said Lauren Meister, Mayor of the City of West Hollywood. “Trained spill response personnel are deployed to stop the spread of oil and clean up affected parts of the environment, so volunteers are not needed at this time. But donations are essential to help organizations meet the overwhelming needs. I hope our community can give generously to support the work being done to help affected wildlife and to help the teams in their work to restore the shoreline and the ecosystem. “
West Hollywood core values includeResponsiveness to the publicandEnvironmental responsibility. The City of West Hollywood is firmly committed to protecting and enhancing the natural and built environments. As such, the City is aware of the important role that local governments and organizations play in mobilizing aid for communities in the event of a disaster.
In 2005, West Hollywood City Council first establishedWest Hollywood respondsas a local disaster relief program developed to provide assistance to the Gulf Coast region in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. It has been reactivated several times in recent years.
Some organizations that raise donations to support oil spill cleanup, wildlife rescue, and recovery efforts include:
- Conservatory of Bolsa Chica (https://bolsachica.org). It has established an Oil Spill Emergency Response Fund, available athttps://bolsachica.charityproud.org/Donate/MiniCampaign/16422to support organizations deployed in response to the oil spill.
- California Coastkeeper Alliance (https://cacoastkeeper.org) strives to protect waterways and coastline and uses a strategic combination of laws, policies, science and advocacy to protect and restore fishable, bathable and potable waters.
- Huntington Beach Wetlands Conservation (http://www.hbwetlands.org) works towards a common goal: saving our wetlands. The Conservancy owns and manages 127 acres of Huntington Beach wetlands, including the 27 acres of coastal dunes, and works with local, state and federal agencies and landowners to acquire, restore, and manage County County’s coastal wetlands. Orange. zoned.
- Surfrider Foundation (https://www.surfrider.org) is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s ocean, waves and beaches, for all, through a powerful network of activists. The Surfrider Foundation has prepared specific information regarding oil spill response, including an “Oil Spill Toolkit” and links to action and advocacy efforts:https://www.surfrider.org/coastal-blog/entry/major-oil-spill-off-orange-county-triggers-ecological-and-recreational-disaster-as-it-washes-up-on-local- beaches. The Surfrider Foundation does not accept public volunteers at this time but will register the names and contact details of those interested as soon as opportunities become available.
Local and state agencies note that public volunteers are not needed at this time and can, in fact, hamper response efforts. Volunteer efforts may become available in one or more of the following organizations and agencies: