Surfriders, Harbor WildWatch place focus on South Sound beaches

Staff reportFebruary 9, 2014 

The South Sound chapter of the Surfrider Foundation will hold a beach cleanup at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Purdy Spit.


Stena Troyer, a naturalist with Harbor WildWatch, will be the guest speaker at Wednesday’s meeting of the South Sound chapter of the Surfrider Foundation. Troyer will lead a discussion of wildlife habitat, marine pollution and other issues centered on the waters of Puget Sound.

Troyer’s work with the Gig Harbor-based group provides learning opportunities and contributes to the understanding of the South Sound marine environment.

“Our home here in the Pacific Northwest is one of the most fascinating and beautiful spots in the country,” Brice Boland, Washington chapter coordinator for the foundation, said in a news release.

“We are extremely interested in the work that Harbor WildWatch is doing and we are proud to be a part of raising the level of citizen involvement and action, ensuring that our beaches remain safe and free from pollution.”

The meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Seven Seas Brewpub, 3006 Judson Street, Suite 110, Gig Harbor, is free and open to all.

The two organizations also will host a beach cleanup this week. It is scheduled to take place 10 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Purdy Spit.

“The monthly beach cleanups are a critical part of what we do here in the South Sound area,” Boland said. “It’s a chance to connect with others who value a clean local environment and to work for a little while to make it such a great place to live. We encourage any and all to come out and be part of the solution.”

More information is available on the chapter’s Facebook page at

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