Registration Now Open
Online registration is now open for 2015’s Washington Coast Cleanup, Saturday April 25th. Get your friends and family together, make it a weekend and help clean one of over fifty beaches along the coast and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Let’s make 2015’s WCC the most successful beach cleanup in the state’s history!
Thanks to Our Business Partners
Our volunteers are awesome and they deserve to be treated right for their contributions of time and energy. Multiple BBQ’s will be provided on the afternoon of Saturday, April 25th as a ‘thank you’ for their efforts. Stay tuned for an updated list of BBQ’s near the beach you want to clean. Here’s a few we know about now:
Twin Harbors State Park (Surfrider Foundation)
Seabrook (Fundraiser for CoastSavers!)
Ozette Ranger Station (Friends of Olympic National Park)
Three Rivers Fire Station (Surfrider Foundation)
Hobuck Beach Resort (Surfrider Foundation)
Chito Beach Resort
2014 Washington CoastSaver of the Year
Rod Farlee has been selected as this year’s “CoastSaver of the Year” in recognition of his decade of contributions during the Washington Coast Cleanup. Rod and fellow Friends of Olympic National Park have been targeting their cleanup efforts around Duk Point, near Lake Ozette. This is one of the more remote stretches of coastline that Washington CoastSavers clean. This last April over 2,900 pounds of trash was removed from the beaches in this area. Rod regularly contributes the use of his own pickup and trailer to transport trash from the trail to the dumpster, allowing the volunteers to make more trips with their backs heavy-laden with filled bags, floats and rope. Thank you Rob for all you have done to support Washington CoastSavers efforts over the last ten years!
GrassRoots Garbage Gang Honored
We’re proud to announce that Washington CoastSavers partner, GrassRoots Garbage Gang, was recognized for their “Significant Contribution” by Washington State Parks at their parks commission meeting in Ilwaco in October. Cape Disappointment State Park Ranger Ken Ross presented the award to the group, enlisting help from the Park Commissioners by having them pull details out of a garbage bag filled with facts about the beach cleanup effort. Commissioners read out loud “Conducted over 35 cleanups,” “Collected over 250 tons,” “Over 700 volunteers pitched in this past July 5th” and other notable achievements by the group led by the Peninsula’s Shelly Pollock.
International Coastal Cleanup Results
Approximately 500 volunteers cleaned beaches along the Washington coast on Saturday, September 20th as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. About 3 tons of trash was removed from beaches from Cape Disappointment to Cape Flattery and up the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The weight of debris is significantly less than previous cleanups in part due to the time of year but also much of the mass collected were light-weight plastics and foam. It is these small pieces that are easily ingested by wildlife making it all the more important to have them removed from the marine environment. Thank you to all who participated. This year’s attendance was a huge increase over the 150 volunteers who took part in last year’s International Coastal Cleanup within Washington State.
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.