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 Mountaineers 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!
GrassRoots Garbage Gang Honored
We’re proud to announce that Washington CoastSavers partner, GrassRoots Garbage Gang, was recognized for their “Significant Contribution” by Washington State Parks at their parks commission meeting in Ilwaco in October. Cape Disappointment State Park Ranger Ken Ross presented the award to the group, enlisting help from the Park Commissioners by having them pull details out of a garbage bag filled with facts about the beach cleanup effort. Commissioners read out loud “Conducted over 35 cleanups,” “Collected over 250 tons,” “Over 700 volunteers pitched in this past July 5th” and other notable achievements by the group led by the Peninsula’s Shelly Pollock.
Save the Date
January 24, 2015 Join the Grassroots Garbage Gang and help clean the beaches of the Long Beach Peninsula.
April 25, 2015 Washington CoastSavers will be cleaning many of your favorite beaches for the Washington Coast Cleanup. See this map to find a beach you and your friends may want to clean!
International Coastal Cleanup Results
Approximately 500 volunteers cleaned beaches along the Washington coast on Saturday, September 20th as part of the International Coastal Cleanup. About 3 tons of trash was removed from beaches from Cape Disappointment to Cape Flattery and up the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The weight of debris is significantly less than previous cleanups in part due to the time of year but also much of the mass collected were light-weight plastics and foam. It is these small pieces that are easily ingested by wildlife making it all the more important to have them removed from the marine environment. Thank you to all who participated. This year’s attendance was a huge increase over the 150 volunteers who took part in last year’s International Coastal Cleanup within Washington State.
Thanks to Our Business Partners
Our volunteers are awesome and they deserve to be treated right for their contributions of time and energy. Several business offered incentives for our volunteers this last September and we want to recognize their contributions. Thank you to Hobuck Beach Resort, Kalaloch Lodge, Pat’s Place, Quileute Oceanside Resort, A Cozy River House and the Lost Resort. Our volunteers enjoyed discounts on lodging, free barbecues and homemade bean soup. If you want to support our volunteers by offering a discount or deal, email jon (at) coastsavers.org.
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.