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
July 5th Cleanup: South Coast from Cape Disappointment to Moclips
September 17: International Coastal Cleanup (entire coast and into the Strait of Juan de Fuca)
2015 CoastSaver of the Year
David Lindau, former coordinator and webmaster of Washington CoastSavers has been awarded the 2015 CoastSaver of the Year award. David was a critical player in the formation of the Washington Clean Coast Alliance in 2007. He was the individual responsible for bringing all our partners to the same table to ensure that beach cleanups on the Washington Coast were a joint effort. In the last few years he served as the program’s webmaster making the registration process as smooth and effective as possible. CoastSavers would not be the efficient and productive program it is today without David’s passionate support. Sadly, David died of cancer a few months ago but his legacy remains.
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.