Beach cleanup calendar filled with summer events

Staff reportJune 30, 2013 

Some of the garbage picked up from the April 30 beach cleanup by the GrassRoots Garbage Gang. The group is hosting another cleanup event Friday along the shores of the Long Beach Peninsula.

COURTESY OF GRASSROOTS GARBAGE GANG

A longtime beach cleanup at Long Beach is set to take place Friday, while two new events have been added to the calendar.

Next up is the annual post-Fourth of July cleanup on the Long Beach Peninsula. Started in 2001 by the GrassRoots Garbage Gang, volunteers will pick up trash left behind by holiday visitors as well as other debris that has washed ashore. Last year, about 700 volunteers helped remove 10 tons of trash from beaches. People who want to take part this year should meet at 9:30 a.m. at any of the major beach approaches along the peninsula. Coordinators will be there to hand out cleanup supplies.

The group also is looking for volunteers to hand out garbage bags to holiday beachgoers heading onto the beach Thursday. Help is especially needed in the Ocean Park area. If you are interested, send an email to shelly@ourbeach.org.

Information: ourbeach.org

New to the cleanup calendar is a joint effort with the Quinault Indian Nation. Volunteers will join tribal members on July 27 to help clean the beach south of Point Grenville. The cleanup will take place a few days before hundreds of canoes land on the beach for the Paddle to Quinault event scheduled for Aug. 1-7.

This beach is usually closed to nontribal members, so this is an opportunity for volunteers to access a rarely visited location, said Jon Schmidt, coordinator for Washington CoastSavers.

Because the cleanup will focus on a 2-mile stretch of beach, the number of volunteers is limited to 50 people. Volunteers should sign up online by July 15.

Information: coastsavers.org

The Surfrider Foundation Cleanup will take place Saturday. Volunteers should meet at Westhaven State Park in Westport, with work taking place from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

There will be a free barbecue for volunteers starting at 11:30 a.m. at Todd Fischer’s Gallery in Westport.

Send an email to Brice Boland at bboland@surfrider.org is you are planning to attend.

Also new to the CoastSavers’ calendar will be the International Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 21.

The organization recently received a $10,000 grant from the Ocean Conservancy and Bank of America to help coordinate Washington events tied to the international cleanup.

Schmidt said the event already takes place at beaches around the world, but will now include the state’s beaches.

The CoastSavers is a coalition of government agencies and volunteer groups that coordinate cleanups along the state’s ocean beaches. The major event is the Washington Coast Cleanup that is held each April.

This year, more than 1,000 people helped picked up more than 15 tons of marine debris off the state’s Pacific beaches.

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