SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup

Presented by the Oregon Lottery

Thank you for the difference you made in Oregon by participating in the 2013 Beach and Riverside Cleanup. Mark your calendars for the 2014 Cleanup, September 27th!

More than 2,400 volunteers turned out statewide on September 28th, October 12th and October 26th to remove trash and improve watersheds as part of the annual SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery.

With SOLVE support, volunteers accomplished the following watershed improvements:

  • Planted 421 native trees and shrubs

  • Removed 43,584 pounds of mixed waste and recyclable material from neighborhoods and natural areas

  • Removed 82,392 square feet of invasive, non-native vegetation (approximately 2 acres)

Of the thousands of volunteers, 36% were youth and students. Several sites hosted Boy and Girl Scout troops, Cub Scout packs and students from local schools.

There were many amazing volunteers working to keep Oregon beautiful. Volunteering at their first SOLVE event, a Cub Scout Pack worked to obtain their conservation badges by cleaning up the shorelines of the Columbia River. In Gresham, volunteers at Nadaka Nature Park cleared one acre of invasive Himalayan Blackberry that will be turned into a community garden. With the support of the Rogue River Watershed Council, Bureau of Land Management and Army Corps of Engineers, 36 volunteers removed 4,000 pounds of trash from the Rogue River near Shady Cove. Over 40 students from Clackamas High School spent the day at Seaside cleaning up the beach while learning about the impacts of debris on marine life and coastal birds. 

In addition, the Washed Ashore Project, a non-profit based in Bandon, picked up 2,700 pounds of the collected marine debris which will be recycled into educational art. 

While litter, illegal dumps, and marine debris continue to impact Oregon, the thousands of volunteers that participated in the Beach and Riverside Cleanup prove that together, we make a big difference. Since the first beach cleanup 29 years ago, SOLVE volunteers, sponsors and partners have created an effective, ongoing way to improve the environment and cultivate a legacy of stewardship. 

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who took their time to keep Oregon beautiful at inland sites on September 28th, and beach sites on both the 12th and 26th of October. A special thanks to all of our amazing sponsors, without which this event could not occur. A comprehensive final printed report will be available soon. To see pictures, visit SOLVE's Facebook album.

If you missed this cleanup we hope you volunteer next year or at our Spring Beach Cleanup on March 22, 2014. 

The 2014 Beach & Riverside Cleanup will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the SOLVE beach cleanups and will take place on September 27, 2014!

Thank you for your support,

Joy Irby
SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup Coordinator


SOLVE extends its thanks to the Local Haulers and Disposal Entities

Many of the following businesses have been helping with this event since its inception. Without their support and donation of services this event would not be possible. 

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