New Stop the Inflow Working Group Launches
August 30, 2021
Roy Morris, Working Group Chair
Washington Clean Coast Steering Committee
“Stop the Inflow” Working Group Seeking Volunteers for Expanded Data Collection on Beaches
Port Angeles, WA – [8/24/20] – A working group has been formed to develop ways the “Stop the Inflow” of Marine Debris to the ocean. Because marine debris and plastic pollution are huge and growing threats to life in the ocean and on the planet, a new data collection initiative is being planned by the Washington Clean Coast Alliance AKA Washington CoastSavers.
Washington CoastSavers is an alliance of partners and volunteers dedicated to keeping the state’s beaches clean of marine debris through coordinated beach, cleanups, education and prevention. Partners include Lions Clubs International, Surfrider Foundation, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Zero Waste Washington, Washington Sea Grant, and more. The “Stop the Inflow” working group will invite increased volunteer participation in collecting data on beaches in Washington, during organized cleanups and at other times. Data collected will be assembled and analyzed as part of large national and international efforts by Zero Waste, NOAA Marine Debris Program, International Coastal Cleanup/Ocean Conservancy, and Break Free of Plastics (Brand Audit).
Volunteers will organize and train others to use specified and standardized protocols for collecting, categorizing, and reporting marine debris. The goal is to guide manufacturing decisions as well as recycling and beach cleanups. At the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 19, 2020, volunteers were trained at several beaches and conducted their data collections. They will follow up by conducting future data collections at various beaches and on various schedules throughout the year, including this year’s Sept 11, 2021 ICC effort.
Big problems can be solved by individuals working together over time systematically. Many hands make a load lighter. Shared power is increased power. We are seeking volunteers who would like to be beach-side trainers and volunteers who would like to be data collectors. Please contact “Stop the Inflow” Working Group at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Watch the CoastSavers website in the future for more information.