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.