“Washington CoastSavers is an alliance of partners and volunteers dedicated to keeping the state’s beaches clean of marine debris through coordinated beach cleanups, education and prevention.”
International Coastal Cleanup Results
Washington CoastSavers joined volunteers from around the world on September 16th for the International Coastal Cleanup. Over 650 volunteers removed 13,000 pounds of debris from more than fifty beaches on the coast and Strait of Juan de Fuca. We appreciate everyone’s help that day. We especially want to recognize some partners that helped make it happen. The Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association (PCSGA) paid for the dumpster rentals and disposal costs for the south coast locations. This organization is composed of shellfish farmers from up and down the West Coast. Farmers were encouraged to dispose of any derelict gear they may have that otherwise could have ended up washing or blowing into the water.
The Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association (PNW4WDA) hosted another successful Operation Shore Patrol engaging over 300 club members in cleaning the Long Beach Peninsula and the beaches around Westport and Ocean Shores. The PNW4WDA has been cleaning the beaches in September since 1971, making it one of the longest running beach cleanups in the country!
Adopt a Beach: Clallam County
Washington CoastSavers, in partnership with Clallam County’s Park Department is developing an Adopt a Beach program. We are looking for small groups or families to agree to clean “their” beach during the Washington Coast Cleanup, the International Coastal Cleanup and at least one other time throughout the year. At this time, beaches available for adoption include: Clallam Bay, Pillar Point, Salt Creek and Freshwater Bay. Contact Jon Schmidt at email@example.com if you have questions or are interested in adopting a beach.
Washington Coast Cleanup A Success
This year’s Washington Coast Cleanup was held on Saturday, April 29th. Over 1,300 volunteers helped to remove more than 20 tons of trash from sixty beaches on the outer coast and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We want to thank our volunteers for taking the time and making the effort to participate in the event. We know how challenging it can be. We couldn’t have done it without you! From the estimated 250 volunteers who cleaned the sandy beaches of the Long Beach Peninsula with the Grassroots Garbage Gang to the 128 volunteers who picked up trash from the parks around Port Townsend and everyone and every beach in-between.
We couldn’t do what we do without the financial support from the North Pacific Coast Marine Resources Committee, Grays Harbor Marine Resources Committee, Pacific County Marine Resources Committee and Alaskan Brewing Company with it’s Coastal CODE program.
WHAT IS MARINE DEBRIS & WHAT CAN I DO ABOUT IT?
Marine debris is trash that somehow ends up in the ocean. Recognize this plastic water bottle? It could be the one you threw away several months ago – not at the beach, but at your home! It just blew out of your garbage, landed in a nearby waterway, and floated out to the coast. Now it’s degrading and poisoning our coastal wildlife and releasing its toxins into the food chain.
Or maybe a commercial fishing boat lost some gear in one of our notorious winter storms. Now it’s floating around out there, damaging our coastal fisheries, and pointlessly killing everything that gets caught.