HMWC Volunteers Clean Up Upper Newport Bay

HMWC CPAs & Business Advisors (HMWC) of Tustin, Calif., (FY15 net revenue of $8.3 million) helped clean up the Upper Newport Bay Ecological Reserve recently as part of the statewide California Coastal Cleanup Day.

Eighteen management, staff and family members of the firm ventured into the marsh to help remove more than 20,000 pounds of trash and recyclables. HMWC was also one of the major sponsors of the annual clean-up day, which draws more than 1,000 volunteers for the Newport Bay Conservancy.

Coastal Cleanup Day is the only day of the year when volunteers are allowed to enter many sensitive areas of the bay, where trash washes in from surrounding cities, polluting the bay’s waters, harming its wildlife and threatening public health.

Upper Newport Ecological Reserve totals 752 acres. This coastal wetland, one of the largest in southern California, is one of the finest bird watching sites in North America. During winter migration up to 35,000 birds may be using the bay at one time, including several rare or endangered species. Considered a “critical estuary” habitat, Upper Newport Bay is one of the most pristine remaining estuaries in Southern California.