International Coastal Cleanup, Sept. 19
Washington CoastSavers is once again taking part in the global effort to reduce marine debris on beaches around the world. Online registration is now open for the International Coastal Cleanup, September 19th.
From Cape Disappointment to Seabrook, from South Beach to Sooes Beach and Bullman Beach to Dungeness Spit, CoastSavers volunteers will be helping remove plastic pollution from our state’ coastline. Feel free to sign up as an individual or family, team, club or chapter. We want your hands to be on the beach. Hope you can join us!
Thank You BBQs
A big ‘Thanks’ to our partners and sponsors who provide food and entertainment for our CoastSavers’ volunteers. Our volunteers are the greatest and they deserve some good grub after cleaning our coast.
Twin Harbors State Park (Surfrider Foundation): noon until 1 p.m. at the Schafer Beach Approach
Kalaloch Lodge (DNC Parks & Resorts at Kalaloch, Inc.): noon until 3 p.m.
Three Rivers Fire Station (Surfrider Foundation): 11:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
Lost Resort at Ozette: Rob’s famous 15 bean soup!
Hobuck Beach/Neah Bay (Surfrider Foundation): 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Salmon Feed/Poetry Read
A new feature for the International Coastal Clean Up on the Northern Coast! As many volunteers come to clean our beaches each year, the Washington Clean Coast Alliance seek ways to respect, honor, and support their work. After the cleanup this Sept. 19th will be the 1st Salmon Feed Poetry Read to be held at Tillicum Park in Forks, WA. The Salmon feed will start near 4pm and the poetry read will be 6-8 PM.
This will be an opportunity to enjoy a salmon BBQ and an evening of poets reading, storytelling, music and more.As we enjoy working together to help keep our beaches clean, we want to be sure and have some fun too. Looking forward to seeing you there! Poets, Story Tellers, Singers and Musicians from near and far are invited to contact Roy Morris (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line: Poetry Read.
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 April’s Washington Coast Cleanup making it the largest cleanup ever. If everyone collected an average of 20 lbs that would result in over 15 tons of debris removed from beaches from Cape Disappointment to Cape Flattery and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. A huge thanks goes out to everyone who participated in this event. You can look forward to September 19th, 2015 when we clean the entire coast again for the International Coastal Cleanup. If you can’t wait until then, that’s fine, you can clean the beach any day, anytime.
Thanks to our Sponsors
Our volunteers were treated to some special BBQs and other meals this last Washington Coast Cleanup. Washington CoastSavers would like to thank the following sponsors for their support!
- Surfrider Foundation
- Chito Beach Resort
- Clallam Bay/Sekiu & Lions Club
- Friends of Olympic National Park
- Lost Resort
- Kalaloch Lodge
- Seabrook Community Association
- Washington State Parks Ranger Association
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.