Thursday, December 31, 2009
On Sunday December 20, 2009 Santa Monica High School’s Team Marine visited the Venice Storm Drain at the end of Rose Avenue and the Pico-Kenter Storm Drain at Pico Blvd. to investigate the incidence of plastic pollution in the debris zone around stagnant pools of storm drain water. In a twenty-five minute beach cleanup at the Venice storm drain, three Team Marine members collected 12.5 pounds of plastic trash consisting of 128 colored wrappers, 127 Styrofoam pieces, 101 clear wrappers, 68 bottle caps, 35 straws, 23 misc. hard plastic pieces, 14 food containers and lids, 9 grocery store bags, 5 water bottles, and 2 utensils.
A more detailed study was performed at the Pico-Kenter site. Using 50 meter measuring tapes, 1081 plastic bottle caps, 240 straws, and 30 utensils were collected from a 643.25 m2 debris zone around the storm drain pool (Figures 1 and 2). These total abundances amounted to an average of 1.68 bottle caps, 0.37 straws, and 0.05 utensils per m2. For Pico-Kenter, Team Marine also sorted a random selection of plastic pollutants into categories to help identify exactly what is coming out of the storm drains and will be entering the ocean upon the next flush (Table 1).
Check out what our partner and friend Sara Bayles is doing to raise awareness about marine debris!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Team Marine was recently featured on the TeenNick Halo Awards. Created and hosted by TeenNick chairman Nick Cannon, (pictured above with members of Team Marine) the first-ever TeenNick Halo Awards celebrates and recognizes four teenagers who are making a difference and have truly changed their communities. Megan Kilroy, the Captain of Team Marine 09-10 was one of these four teens. TeenNick and The Entertainment Industry awarded Team Marine $10,000 to continue their environmental efforts. If you would like to watch the entire show please visit
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Friday, December 4, 2009
On November 29th Team Marine was given the My Better Lifestyle Award presented by the Los Angeles Lakers and East West Bank for all the work they do on behalf of the environment. The students were handed the award on center court and given free tickets to the game. Pictures of Team Marine doing work in the community were displayed on the big screen. To learn more please visit
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Team Marine is participating again in the Solar Cup sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Our first workshop took place on November 21st in Claremont where we built the hull of our boat. Pictured above is the Samohi Solar Cup Team holding up their newly completed boat.
The Solar Cup is a wonderful way for students to get hands on experience working with alternative energy. Students learn all about physics, engineering, team work and determination. To learn more about Solar Cup please visit.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Members of Team Marine and Santa Monica High Schools Teach and Test Program gave a presentation to a group of 4th graders from Overland Elementary School called the Peace Troop.
Team Marine and members of the Teach and Test Program showed the girls our teach and test samples from the first flush. It was truly inspiring to see how enthusiastic they were about saving the ocean.
Friday, November 20, 2009
On Tuesday November 17th Team Marine attended The Joint Assembly Committee Hearing on Reducing Marine Debris at The Santa Monica Public Library. Pictured above is the Assembly Committee on Environmental Safety and Toxic Materials and the Assembly Committee on Natural Resource. Team Marine knows that in order for substantial changes to occur we need to get the government to act on behalf of the environment.
At the hearing Team Marine stepped up and spoke on behalf of the youth who care deeply about the ocean. Eileen Flores (pictured above) showed the committee a sample of the North Pacific Gyre taken by the Algalita Marine Research Foundation. She explained to the committee just how truly much our ocean is suffering and that taking legislative action now is vital.
Team Marine made a slide show that illustrated the problems of marine debris and the solutions to this crisis. Pictured above is Assemblymember Wesley Chesbro who is watching the slide show. Team Marine is on a mission to change the way we treat our oceans and they will never stop spreading their message.
Monday, November 16, 2009
Team Marine has won the "My Better Lifestyle Award" for all their work on behalf of the environment. They will be presented the award on November 29th. To learn more about this award please visit the website below.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Half of the world's poor suffer from waterborne disease, and nearly 6,000 people - mainly children - die from diseases contracted from unsafe drinking water every day. Team Marine is recycling bottles and cans to raise money to send LifeStraws to Africa and Cambodia. LifeStraw is a portable water filter for prevention of common diarrhoeal disease; it can be carried around for easy access to safe and clean drinking water. It lasts for an entire year and filters out 99.99% of all bacteria and viruses in the water. Learn more about LifeStraws.
Team Marine will be featured on the first ever TeenNick Halo Awards on Friday December 11th 2009. Please check out the TeenNick website to learn more about the show, the winners (Megan Kilroy), and watch the promo video.
Team Marine won a Climate Community Citizenship Award. Read all about the student's experience of the first flush and learn why it is so important to protect our oceans.
Team Marine 2008-2009 created this video. It has received hundreds of views on YouTube. Please check it out by following the link below.
Team Marine will be participating in Solar Cup 2010. Check out the links below to learn more about this wonderful competition and Team Marine's involvement in Solar Cup 2009.
Official Solar Cup Website
Santa Monica Daily Press Article "Going for the Sun's Cup" May 12th 2009
Chanel 9 News Santa Monica High School's Solar Boat
Pictured above in what flowed out of the Pico-Kenter storm drain during the first flush on October 14th 2009. All the trash that had been building up in our storm drains over the summer hurdled into the ocean. Trash such as styrofoam and plastic water bottles will never biodegrade in the ocean. They will simply photo degrade into smaller and smaller pieces adding to the plastic soup that is the North Pacific Gyre. This needs to stop!
We were on high alert as the first rain began to fall in Santa Monica. We did not expect such a large flush so soon. Once we were alerted that the storm drain was flowing Devany, Raphael, Mr. Kay, Kou, Megan and Mel ran down to the beach at 8pm to film the devastation.
A thick layer of foam covered the surface of the stagnant pool of urban run-off.