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Beach cleanup at Semiahmoo Spit set for MLK Day

Semiahmoo Spit and Drayton Harbor in Blaine. A cleanup at Semiahmoo Spit to remove trash and large debris from the beach is scheduled on Jan. 16.
Semiahmoo Spit and Drayton Harbor in Blaine. A cleanup at Semiahmoo Spit to remove trash and large debris from the beach is scheduled on Jan. 16. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities’ AmeriCorps-Washington Service Corps and Western Washington University club Students for the Salish Sea will host a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service cleanup at Semiahmoo Spit to remove trash and large debris from the beach.

“Every MLK Day, thousands of AmeriCorps service members celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. by carrying on his legacy of promoting service to others,” said Lindsey Gard, the AmeriCorps-Washington Service Corps member at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. “Let us remember Dr. King’s courageous acts of standing up for injustices in his community by showing solidarity with the communities of the Salish Sea.”

The cleanup will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 16. Participants should meet in the public parking lot at Semiahmoo Park off Semiahmoo Parkway. Those planning on taking part in the cleanup are encouraged to carpool to the event.

The cleanup is appropriate for all ages. Light snacks and equipment will be supplied, but volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and 5-gallon plastic buckets. Registration is not required. Email Gard at lindseyg@re-sources.org for questions.

Organizers said the cleanup is in support of “Stand for the Salish Sea,” an event coordinated by FRIENDS of the San Juans, highlighting the regional opposition to Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion project, which would bring seven tankers a week through the Salish Sea.

“Our beaches are crucial to supporting ocean health – they provide habitat for important wildlife that lives in the ocean and on land,” said Sarah Sasek, Students for the Salish Sea coordinator.

“Volunteer efforts to clean up our local beaches and waterways are opportunities to fulfill our sacred obligation to the Salish Sea and to our home. Everyone can engage in the movement for trash-free seas.”

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