Save the Date: ICC Sept. 19th 2015
Washington CoastSavers will once again be taking part in the global effort to reduce marine debris on beaches around the world. This year’s International Coastal Cleanup will be on Saturday, September 19th. Online registration will open soon. Hope you can join us!
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.