The 2016 Washington Coast Cleanup will be on April 23rd. Washington CoastSavers will open online registration for this cleanup in mid-March. Bring your friends and family to the coast to help keep your favorite beach beautiful! Thank You BBQ’s and other special events will make the weekend both memorable and rewarding. We’ll be registering volunteers for over fifty beaches to choose from, all of which need your help.
2015 CoastSaver of the Year
David Lindau, former coordinator and webmaster of Washington CoastSavers has been awarded the 2015 CoastSaver of the Year award. David was a critical player in the formation of the Washington Clean Coast Alliance in 2007. He was the individual responsible for bringing all our partners to the same table to ensure that beach cleanups on the Washington Coast were a joint effort. In the last few years he served as the program’s webmaster making the registration process as smooth and effective as possible. CoastSavers would not be the efficient and productive program it is today without David’s passionate support. Sadly, David died of cancer a few months ago but his legacy remains.
Another Successful ICC
On Saturday, September 19th, Washington CoastSavers collected over 6 tons of debris from dozens of beaches on the Washington Coast and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Over 300 CoastSavers cleaned beaches in the state on the 30th anniversary of the International Coastal Cleanup. In many places the weather was less than ideal, it rained all day in places, but that didn’t stop us. Volunteers of all ages including, scout troops, non-profits like the Mountaineers, Lions Club and Surfrider Foundation, college groups and motivated locals all pitched in to reduce the amount of plastic pollution on our cherished beaches. We want to thank you for your participation and hope you’ll join us for the Washington Coast Cleanup on April 23rd, 2016.
Thank You BBQs
A big ‘Thanks’ to our partners and sponsors who provided food and entertainment for our CoastSavers’ volunteers. Our volunteers are the greatest and they deserved some good grub after cleaning our coast.
Thanks to Surfrider Foundation, Lost Resort at Ozette, Friends of Olympic National Park, Clallam Bay/Seiku Lions Club and Kalaloch Lodge for providing BBQ’s for our volunteers.
July 5th Cleanup
This last Fourth of July weekend, Washington CoastSavers joined forces with the Grassroots Garbage Gang, Surfrider Foundation, the cities of Long Beach, Ocean Shores and other partners to tackle the enormous amounts of trash left on the beach after the holiday. Over 115 tons of fireworks debris and other trash was collected from Long Beach to Ocean Shores.
It is our hope that we can participate in public discussions about how to control the amount of debris left on the beaches after future events. Cleanups are definitely part of the solution but education and prevention are critical to this effort too.
Washington Coast Cleanup 2015 – Largest Ever!!!
Over 1,500 volunteers participated in this last April’s Washington Coast Cleanup making it the largest beach cleanup in Washington state, ever. Over 19 tons of debris was removed from beaches from Cape Disappointment to Cape Flattery and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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 notorius winter storms. Now it’s floating around out there, damaging our coastal fisheries, and pointlessly killing everything that gets caught.