July 5th Cleanup
Independence Day is a time for getting together with friends and family to enjoy our freedoms. As citizens of the United States and Washington State we enjoy many and a diverse freedom, going to the beach is just one of many. Shooting fireworks is an old tradition and a favorite way for many people to celebrate July 4th. When done safely, this activity can be both fun and memorable. When thousands of people converge on our coast and shoot fireworks at the beach it can be devastating to one of our favorite places to recreate.
This year, July 4th is on a Saturday, meaning there will be more people than ever coming to the towns of Long Beach, Westport, Ocean Shores and others to celebrate at the beach. As a result, thousands of pounds of debris will cover the beaches on Sunday morning July 5th. Fireworks are primarily made out of plastic and remnants cover the sand after such celebrations. These plastics are harmful to wildlife and ugly for those of us who love the natural beauty of the beach. Fortunately, there is something we can do.
This Fourth of July weekend, Washington CoastSavers will be joining 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 typically left on the beach after the holiday weekend. Please consider joining our efforts by volunteering to hand out bags at beach approaches on the afternoon of July 4th and/or help remove filled bags from the high tide line on Sunday morning, July 5th. Registration will open mid-June. We have the freedom to enjoy our beaches and the ability to keep them clean, with your help.
Soup Feed, BBQ and Fundraising Seafood Boil on Sunday, July 5th
Long Beach Peninsula: Grassroots Garbage Gang Soup Feed for volunteers – end your day enjoying the soup feed at the Moose Lodge on U Street in Ocean Park from noon until the pots run dry.
Westport/Twin Harbors Area: Surfrider Foundation – BBQ will be at the registration station, the Schaffer Island Beach Approach at Twin Harbors, from 11:30 AM until 1 PM.
Seabrook Community Association: CoastSavers Fundraising Seafood Boil. Treat your crew to hearty meal at Mill 109. The seafood boil in their beer garden will start at noon, a portion of the proceeds will support Washington CoastSavers!
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
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!
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.