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The Great Beach Cleanup {CoastSavers}


The Great Beach Cleanup

April 20, 2012 {Earth Day Weekend}

Washington Coast Cleanup 2013

Time-frame for the day: 6:00AM-5:00PM

Our Cleanup Location: Cape Disappointment|Benson Beach


Current Forecast (Long Beach): High of 50. 30% chance of rain.

Task: General Beach Cleanup 
Beach: 150-WSP: Long Beach, Cape Disappointment 

Your efforts will make a real, visible difference to our coastal beaches and marine wildlife. Plus, it's great exercise and lots of fun.

Know Before You Go-April 20th is a high tide morning, with high tide occurring around 8:30 am. (+6.3 ft.). Low tide will occur around 3:00 p.m. (+1.4 ft.). Check the weather forecast for the coast and plan your clothing and supplies accordingly. It's a good idea to have layers that help protect you from water, wind, and cold. For more information about safety, clothing, tools, lodging, and dogs, see our Frequently Asked Questions page. For directions or questions about your beach, refer to your beach signup page or contact your beach coordinator (listed on the signup page).

Check-in First-Please check in before beginning any cleanup activities. Check-in location is listed on your beach signup page. Check-in time is between 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Saturday. A CoastSavers representative will provide trash bags and basic information about the cleanup and your beach.


On the Beach..

Hobuck to South Beach (Olympic Park): Bring all the debris you collect back to the officially designated collection area. Be careful to not collect more than you can carry back, as there is no one else to go get them for you. If you fill up your bags right away, please come back to the check-in station or look for a Beach Coordinator to get more. Do not leave any bagged debris anywhere on the beach - ever. Abandoned debris bags attract vermin and serve as dumping sites for even more trash. Yikes!

Point Grenville to Long Beach: Please leave your bagged debris in plain sight above the high tide line, where drivers will come by to collect it. If you fill up your bags up right away and want to keep on gathering debris, please come back to the check-in area and get a few more bags.

Debris Data Collection
If you will be cleaning with a group, please contribute to the scientific understanding of the marine debris problem by filling out a Data Collection Card. Download one now or get one when you check in. As your group cleans, one person should fill out the form while others call out their findings. After the cleanup, simply go online and transfer your findings to our debris database. We will share your data with scientists and other groups working to reduce the harmful effects of marine debris.

Food, Fun, and Friends
Chow down and share stories after the cleanup at any of several hosted gatherings up and down the coast. You are welcome to attend any of them, though you'll probably want to go to the one closest to your beach. For directions, ask at the check-in station or refer to your beach signup page: {Highlighted location below is where we'll grab our lunch!}

Hobuck Beach (12 - 6pm): Surfrider Foundation
Lake Ozette (2pm until food runs out): Lost Resort
Three Rivers Resort, Fire Hall (12 to 5pm): Surfrider Foundation
Kalaloch Campground (3 to 5pm): Kalaloch Lodge & AmeriCorps
Griffiths-Priday State Park (12 to 3pm): Washington State Parks
Twin Harbors State Park (12 to 5pm): Surfrider Foundation
*Peninsula Senior Center (11:30am to 1:30pm): Grass Roots Garbage Gang

A Picture is Worth 1000 Volunteers
Help others get involved in cleaning up Washington's coast by showing them what's at stake - and how much fun it is. Upload your photos to our Flickr photo group after the cleanup.

If You Can't Make It
If you are unable to join us, don't worry. You can still help! Make an online donation to help us buy trash bags and other supplies. Your support makes our beaches cleaner!

See you on the beach!

Some FAQ's about the Great Beach Cleanup:


What is involved in cleaning up marine debris?
First, you have to get to the beach. Along the southern coast, you can generally drive to the area you want to clean and park on or very near the beach. Along the northern coast, you typically park at an established trailhead and then hike to the beach. Some beaches are very close to the road, though often down a steep hill, while others require backpacking skills and miles of hiking to reach. Once you're on the beach, it's simple: just collect debris items into the bag we give you and then bring it all back to a designated drop-off location when you're done.


What kinds of things should I pick up?
You'll typically see everything from plastic water bottles and chunks of styrofoam to fishing nets, tires, ropes, and other glass and metal objects. Pick up only what you can carry back to the designated pick up location. Never leave any bagged trash on the beach. You may run across items that are too large or heavy to move; please report these items at the check-in station so staff can make arrangements to remove them at a later time.

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What safety considerations should I keep in mind?

Basic Safety Guidelines:

+Wear gloves, proper clothing, and water-resistant shoes.

+Do not touch medical waste, dead animals, hazardous materials or sharp objects.

+If you are uncertain about an item, do not touch it.

+Do NOT approach wildlife.

+Report hazardous items that cannot be removed to event staff.

+Work with a partner or with a group.

+Be careful of unstable banks, steep slopes, or slippery surfaces.

+Do not try to lift anything that is too heavy for you. Ask for help!

+Watch for poison oak, plants with thorns, or other natural hazards.

+Watch for any trucks or equipment that might be used in the project.

Do I need to be physically fit?

Not necessarily. The wide, sandy beaches of the southern coast are very appropriate for young people or those looking for an easy stroll on the beach. However, the rocky, remote beaches of the northern coast are more challenging. Be prepared for hiking through damp forests before emerging onto the rugged (but dramatic!) beaches of the north. Watch out for beach logs, changing tides, and slippery rocks.

What clothing should I wear?
We suggest that you come prepared for any type of weather, rain or shine, warm or cold. Rain gear may be needed as well as sun protection. Water-resistant shoes and gloves are an absolute must. Day packs, snacks, and water are also good ideas, especially for long hikes.

For more detailed information on hiking in Washington's coastal wilderness areas (i.e. within Olympic National Park), take a look at the Park's helpful trip planner and wilderness regulations.

Do I need any special tools?
Not really, but a sharp knife, wire cutters, hacksaws, and small shovels can come in handy for those more tenacious debris items.


Why are some sections of the coast closed to cleanup activities?

Some sections of coastal lands are closed due to the concerns of the agencies that manage them. Certain areas are very isolated, home to nesting threatened or endangered birds, or are simply too hard to access for cleanup purposes. The Washington Clean Coast Alliance works with all coastal land managers to ensure a safe and productive cleanup, and we respect their wishes.


Can I bring my dog?

The rules vary by location:

Within the Makah Reservation, dogs are allowed on Hobuck and Sooes Beaches.

Within Olympic National Park, dogs are not allowed on the remote, wilderness beaches. However, dogs are allowed at the following frontcountry locations within the Park: 1) from the parking lot 1/2 mile north of Rialto Beach southward to Ellen Creek and 2) at all beach access points between the Hoh Indian Reservation southward to Quinault Indian Reservation (which includes Ruby Beach, Beach 6, Beach 4, Kalaloch Campground, Kalaloch Lodge, Beach 2, Beach 1, and South Beach). Dogs in these locations must be leashed at all times, and pet waste must be immediately collected and placed in the nearest trash receptacle.

At the State Parks locations of the southern beaches (i.e. from Mocrocks Beach southward), dogs are permitted, but must be leashed at all times. Pet waste must be immediately collected and placed in the nearest trash receptacle.


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Interns gather tsunami debris

Washington CoastSavers. Coastal photo courtesy of Wulff Henning,

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  • Mike T.

    It was a GREAT day to clean up the beach and giving Mother Nature a bit more breathing room! Thank you to those who helped out and thank you Barb for driving! It was a wonderful, adventurous day!

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Barb

      Thank you for organizing, Mike. It really was a lovely day and so good to be with such fun people.

      April 21, 2013

  • Lisa H.

    What a great day at the beach! We even had some sun :) I will never look at the beach the same way again after helping with this cleanup. It's amazing what washes ashore and what people leave behind.

    April 21, 2013

    • Mike T.

      Thank you Lisa for taking such wonderful pictures!!

      1 · April 21, 2013

    • Lisa H.

      Got one of the flowers for you Mike.

      April 21, 2013

  • Mike T.

    A daypack is optional for tomorrow. If you'd like to carry water with you while you clean up the beach, bring a light pack or a hip carrier/fanny pack so you can keep hydrated. Whatever is most convenient for you! See you in the morning around 6:00AM! :-) If you'd like to 'coffee up' before we head out, there is the McDonalds next to the P&R or Starbucks across the highway. (If you prefer Starbucks, you can stop in there on your way to the P&R-give yourself 5 extra minutes!)

    April 19, 2013

  • Leta

    I look forward to meeting you all tomorrow and cleaning the beach!! This is my first outing with this group so please look for me. :) see you in the very early am!

    April 19, 2013

    • Mike T.

      We're looking forward to meeting you and sharing the day helping out the planet! :-) We'll be on the extreme northern end of the P&R near McDonalds. See you in the morning!

      April 19, 2013

  • Mike T.

    FYI-please bring clothing according to the forecast (layers!). Look for the current forecast on the Meet-up posting. And to reiterate:

    What clothing should I wear?
    We suggest that you come prepared for any type of weather, rain or shine, warm or cold. Rain gear may be needed as well as sun protection. Water-resistant shoes and gloves are an absolute must. Day packs, snacks, and water are also good ideas.

    Do I need any special tools?
    Not really, but a sharp knife, wire cutters, hacksaws, and small shovels can come in handy for those more tenacious debris items.

    I'll be bringing extra gloves. Some will be provided, as well as bags for collecting debris.

    Bring some beverages & snacks to share. It is probably a good idea to carry water with you while you are on the beach.

    2 · April 19, 2013

    • Mike T.

      I'll bring a case of bottled water :-)

      April 19, 2013

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