World Water Day cleanup near Squalicum Beach
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.