CoastSaver of the Year: We’re taking names
We want to thank you for your commitment to our mission. Volunteers like you help to ensure a healthy coast for years to come.
While Washington CoastSavers relies on the collective efforts of hundreds of volunteers, each year we also make special recognition of an individual who has made extraordinary contributions to our cause – our CoastSaver of The Year.
While CoastSavers coordinators meet many volunteers at registration stations or out on the beach, we realize that extraordinary efforts happen beyond our sight and hearing. So, we are looking for your help.
Please complete the three questions below to nominate someone who from your experience has contributed greatly to our April and September cleanups. Below are three questions – please answer each in a few paragraphs.
The deadline for submission is November 30, 2015. Please send your answers to the questions in an email to Brice Boland at bboland(at)surfrider.org. If possible, please also attach an image of the nominee with this form. We will announce the CoastSaver of The Year in December and will follow up with a press event for the recipient. For any questions please contact Brice Boland at bboland(at)surfrider.org.
1. How many years has the individual volunteered at a CoastSavers cleanup and what motivated their involvement over this time?
2. What coastal location or locations did the candidate work at and what is their personal connection to that area?
3. What exceptional contributions did the candidate make to the Washington CoastSavers mission as “an alliance of partners and volunteers dedicated to keeping the state’s beaches clean of marine debris through coordinated beach cleanups, education and prevention.
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.