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12th Biennial Nehalem Estuary Cleanup

The Nehalem Estuary Cleanup, March 5th, is a your chance to make a difference in your community by helping to create a debris free estuary.

About this event:

The Nehalem Estuary Cleanup happens just once every two years, so don’t miss out on Saturday, March 5th, for the opportunity to spend a day making a lasting difference in the beauty, safety, and habitat quality of our bay and estuary. The river needs us. A clean bay and estuary are not only good for salmon and wildlife, but also a healthy estuarine habitat does our region proud. Help us pick up assorted debris in every imaginable shape, size, and color, and you’ll also learn about our region’s ecology and the potential threats posed by marine debris.

As folks finish their cleanup, starting at 11:00 a.m., volunteers are invited to enjoy a chili and cornbread luncheon, and to socialize (with appropriate distancing) at the Park. 

This event is proudly sponsored by the Lower Nehalem Community Trust and Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, with invaluable contributions from Oregon State Parks, Heart of CARTM, Tillamook Estuaries Partnership, Surfrider Foundation, SOLVE, and many more local businesses, organizations and community members.

If you can't join us for the day of the event, please consider making a donation by visiting or by mail to Lower Nehalem Community Trust, PO Box 496, Manzanita, OR 97130. Include "Estuary Cleanup" in the message section or on the memo line.


Date and Time: Saturday, March 5th 7:30AM-12:00PM. Orientation begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Wheeler Waterfront Park. Free event parking is available in downtown Wheeler or in the lot at the North end of town.

Meeting Location: Wheeler Waterfront Park and Boat Ramp, Marine Drive, Wheeler, OR 97147 MAP LINK

Following the introduction, groups of volunteers will spread out around the bay to walk the high tide line to collect debris. Trucks and boats will gather the materials from the teams, and return it to Wheeler’s Waterfront Park for sorting, recycling and disposal.

What's Provided: Bags, trash grabbers, high visibility vests, and gloves are provided to all participants that need them.

What to Bring: If you have your own gloves, litter grabber, litter bag or bucket, you are encouraged to bring those as well. This is a rain or shine event so remember to bring waterproof boots, work gloves and layer as needed. Also please remember to bring plenty of drinking water and snacks for the morning.   

Contact: If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Zac Mallon at

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Age Minimum (with Adult): 14+, Minimum Age:18+

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