SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup
Presented by AAA Oregon | April 1, 2017 | 10 am - 1 pm
Volunteer registration now open!
Check out the Coastal Site Map to register.
Join SOLVE and thousands of volunteers on April 1 as we clean up litter and marine debris from the entire Oregon coast! Since 1986, this home-grown tradition of twice-yearly beach cleanups has benefited people and wildlife alike, supporting clean seas and healthy beaches for present and future generations.
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Who Can Volunteer?
This is a family friendly event and SOLVE invites all Oregonians to participate. Businesses, church groups, students, families, and individuals have all participated in cleanup events. If you are a volunteer group leader, please see the SOLVE for more information and cleanup tips. Help spread the word to other volunteers with our Social Media Guide!
How Do I Register for a Site?
There are 45 cleanup sites scattered along the coast, from Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria to Harris Beach in Brookings. Pick your favorite beach or go somewhere new! See the site map below or our online Calendar of Events
Beach Cleanup Site Map
Click on a beach cleanup site below to learn more and register. For a list of current priority sites with less than 20 registered volunteers, CLICK HERE!
Come Prepared, Stay Safe, and Have Fun!
SOLVE provides bags, gloves, and instructions once you check in at your cleanup site on April 1. Be sure to plan for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and never turn your back on the ocean! Additional tips to maximize cleanup efforts include:
Bring a bucket, get a free event bucket sticker, and help make the event more sustainable!
Bring an old colander to sift the sand for harmful, bite-sized pieces
Bring a pair of reusable gloves to reduce use of vinyl gloves
Don't forget your resuable water bottle!
Plan ahead and pack a "trash-free" lunch
Please avoid Western Snowy Plover habitat. Stay outside roped areas, and keep your pets leashed
Steer clear of sea lions for your safety and your pets. To report stranded mammals, call 1-800-452-7888
If you find any hazardous debris, do not touch it! Please mark the spot with sticks/rocks, take a photo (if possible) and report it to your Beach Captain on-site
If you find any potential tsunami debris, please report it to your Beach Captain on-site
Help collect litter data during the event! Beach Captains will have some paper data cards on site. You can also download the Clean Swell app ahead of time to collect data through your smart phone!
Celebrate 50 Years of Public Beaches!
In 1967, Governor Tom McCall signed the Oregon Beach Bill, granting the public recreational access to beaches along all 362 miles of coastline. This landmark piece of legislation has contributed to what makes Oregon such a unique and special place to live and visit. Join SOLVE on April 1 to commemorate 50 years of public beaches!
Become a SOLVE Beach Captain
Are you interested in playing a bigger role in the Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup? Become a SOLVE Beach Captain! During the event, beach captains check in volunteers, pass out supplies, and make sure everyone stays safe and has fun. Training and t-shirt provided. Contact email@example.com if interested. See a full position description here.
Small Pieces Make a Big Impact
Even the smallest bits of trash can be harmful. For example, cigarette butts flow into storm drains, then directly to our streams, rivers, and ocean. The chemicals they retain are released as they flow downstream to the ocean. Just as troubling, cigarette butts, tiny bits of plastic, and other trash are readily eaten by marine life. If we eat seafood, we may also ingest these contaminants.
Pre-production plastic pellets (nurdles) and fish eggs look very similar to hungry marine life. How many nurdles can you find on April 1st?
SOLVE extends its thanks to the Local Coast Haulers!
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We rely on supporters like you to help us achieve clean water, stronger communities, and a better future for Oregon.
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