July 4th Weekend Bag Handout and Beach Cleanup
Prevention is an important part of Washington CoastSavers’ mission to protect the state’s coastal ecosystems from marine debris. There are many opportunities on the south coast to help prevent holiday beach garbage from entering the ocean. To find out how you can help hand out bags, pick up filled bags with your 4X4 or fill bags check out this page. To register as a CoastSavers volunteers click here.
Thank You Volunteers: Washington Coast Cleanup
The 2016 Washington Coast Cleanup was on April 23rd. Over 1,400 volunteers removed at least 20 tons of marine debris from more than 50 beaches! That’s over 40,000 pounds in one day. Washington CoastSavers relies on the hundreds of volunteers to keep the state’s beaches clean. Many individuals and agency staff work at the registration stations throughout the morning to ensure everything runs smoothly. Other partners provide BBQ’s for our volunteers after they come off the beach. It’s always an awesome feeling when we work together for the health and beauty of our coast.
Save the Date
September 17: International Coastal Cleanup (entire Washington coast and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca)
2015 was a great year for the beaches of the Washington coast. We rely on the support of hundreds of volunteers to help keep our state’s beaches free of marine debris. Here are the totals from 2015’s cleanups:
Washington Coast Cleanup: 1,500 volunteers removed over 19 tons.
July 5th Cleanup: approximately 300 volunteers removed over 120 tons!
International Coastal Cleanup: at least 300 volunteers removed 6 tons.
Total Volunteers in 2015: 2,100
Total Weight of Debris Collected: 145 tons!
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 notorious winter storms. Now it’s floating around out there, damaging our coastal fisheries, and pointlessly killing everything that gets caught.