SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup
Presented by AAA Oregon | April 1, 2017 | 10 am - 1 pm
Thank you Beach Cleanup volunteers!
Oregon beaches received a much needed spring cleaning on April 1 with the support of nearly 5,000 volunteers who removed an estimated 56,000 pounds of litter and marine debris from along all 362 miles of the Oregon coast!
"Marine debris is one of the biggest issues facing our oceans and beaches," said Maureen Fisher, CEO of SOLVE. "Every piece of trash picked up today has a tremendous impact on the health of Oregon's wildlife and coastal communities."
For many volunteers and partners, this year's event took on a special meaning as it was held in commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill. This landmark piece of legislation granted the public recreational access to all Oregon beaches, contributing to what makes Oregon such a special place to live and visit.
Due to a strong winter storm season, much of the debris removed today washed in from the ocean and onto Oregon beaches. Items ranged from large fishing rope, dozens of crates and buoys to glass and plastic bottles from other countries.
Other common items found during the event were tiny bits of plastic, cigarette butts, and bottle caps, harmful to both marine life and shorebirds. Unique items found by volunteers included a 25 foot mooring rope in Newport, an old rocking horse, 100 feet of steel cable, and sections from a dock in Manzanita, and 40 toothbrushes in Netarts.
There were also many inspiring stories from across the coast.
Trash wasn't the only thing that was found on the beach. A few lucky volunteers found custom glass floats donated by local artisans along the central and south coast.
Many local coordinators hosted after cleanup events, which included a thank you BBQ for Newport area volunteers, lunch at the Rockaway Lions Club, and a potluck at Sand Lake.
At the Bastendorff Beach Cleanup in Coos Bay, volunteers removed an estimated 800 pounds of trash, which is significantly less than the amount picked up at the event in the past. Thank you to all the local volunteers who continue to take care of this beloved beach.
Event Presenting Sponsor, AAA Oregon, hosted a volunteer photo contest and joined four of the cleanup sites with over 40 employees.
"Taking care of our beautiful state has always been a priority for AAA and our employees," said Tim Morgan, CEO of AAA Oregon, and a native Oregonian. "We are proud to join fellow Oregonians from across the state and continue the annual tradition of cleaning up our beaches for present and future generations alike."
Oregonians who were not able to make it to the beach Saturday can still make a difference by picking up litter in their neighborhood, local park or along the beaches any time of year. Join a local SOLVE project, or create your own with SOLVE support!
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