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A dumpster full of strange objects collected near Squalicum Beach for World Water Day

World Water Day cleanup near Squalicum Beach

More than 70 volunteers spent part of World Water Day cleaning up a stretch of land just south of Squalicum Beach in Bellingham, Wash., on March 22, 2019.
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More than 70 volunteers spent part of World Water Day cleaning up a stretch of land just south of Squalicum Beach in Bellingham, Wash., on March 22, 2019.

More than 70 volunteers spent part of Friday, World Water Day, cleaning up a stretch of land just south of Squalicum Beach in Bellingham.

The cleanup took place on a peninsula of land behind the Mt. Baker Products warehouses — an area event organizers said tends to accumulate a substantial amount of marine debris such as plastic bags.

“World Water Day is a time for communities to reflect on how we can improve the health of the waterways we all rely on,” said Eleanor Hines, North Sound Baykeeper at RE Sources, in a press release. “Water in the Salish Sea is threatened by plastic pollution, but we can stem the flow of plastic one stretch of shoreline at a time.”

Volunteers picked up everything from tires and furniture to clothing, toys and other recyclables during the hour-long cleanup.

The event was organized by two local nonprofits: RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and Surfrider Foundation Northwest Straits.

Lacey Young is a visual journalist who interned at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, NASA’S Goddard Space Flight Center and Minnesota Public Radio. She’s a University of Montana graduate and life-long Washingtonian.
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