Over one hundred brave and hardy volunteers took to the coastal beaches of Washington on Saturday to participate in the International Coastal Cleanup. It was a rainy morning but it didn’t stop people from driving from Auburn and Anacortes and elsewhere around the state to the coast to help out with this global effort. Last year, 15 miles of beaches in Washington State were cleaned according to Ocean Conservancy.
This year there were volunteers spread out from Cape Disappointment to Cape Flattery. ?I appreciate all the effort that went into picking up tiny pieces of styrofoam and plastics off the beaches today, says Jon Schmidt, Washington CoastSavers Coordinator.
?We prevented hundreds of pounds of plastics, ropes, floats and foam from being pulled out to sea.?
Washington CoastSavers is an alliance of committed representatives from public agencies, private organizations and passionate individuals who have joined their energies to ensure the ocean beaches of Washington State are regularly cleaned. Founding members of CoastSavers include representatives from the Lions Club International, Discover Your Northwest, Grass Roots Garbage Gang, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Olympic National Park, and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission. Since 2007, their efforts have been concentrated on the Washington Coast Cleanup which occurs in April every Earth Day weekend. The expansion of CoastSavers efforts was largely due to a grant from Ocean Conservancy.
For those of you who want to participate in the next coast-wide beach cleanup, mark April 19th on your calendars. This is when the next Washington Coast Cleanup will occur, an event that is over a decade old, a tradition for many CoastSaver volunteers. This last April, over Earth Day weekend over
1000 volunteers picked up over 15 tons of marine debris off the coast. For more information about how you can help address this environmental challenge, see www.coastsavers.org.
September 23, 2013/Washington CoastSavers Press Release