More than 1,000 volunteers turned out last Saturday (April 20) for the Washington Coast Cleanup. which was part of Earth Day.
Folks helped pick up about 15 tons of plastic water bottles, household trash, lost fishing gear, and other debris that washed up along the coastal shoreline. Many of the items are deemed harmful to wildlife.
In a news release from Washington CoastSavers the approximate value of the volunteer effort totaled nearly $88,000.
The Washington Coast Cleanup is sponsored by the Washington Clean Coast Alliance. For the past 13 years, volunteers have taken more than 330 tons of ocean trash from the entire coast. For details, go to www.coastsavers.org.
(Photo courtesy of Washington CoastSavers, and pictured is Arlo Schmidt with a piece of styrofoam he collected at Second Beach.)