Bellingham, Birch Bay beach cleanups set for July 5


Two separate beach cleanups are planned for Saturday, July 5, to clear the beaches of the Independence Day litter.

Northwest Straits Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is holding an interpretive walk from 1 to 2 p.m. followed by a beach cleanup from 2 to 4 p.m. at Locust Beach, also known as Whirlwind Beach.

Locust Beach is located on Locust Avenue off Marine Drive in north Bellingham. Parking is limited; participants should bike or walk to the beach. Surfrider Foundation will supply volunteers with cleanup gear.

Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce is hosting a cleanup from 8 a.m. to noon. Those interested in lending a hand are asked to meet at 7900 Birch Bay Drive. Latex gloves and garbage bags will be provided for volunteers, but bringing tools from home is encouraged.

It is recommended to dress for the warm weather and wear close-toed shoes in case of broken glass.

Reach Matthew Thompson at 360-715-2249 or

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