Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Oregon Coast Spring Beach Cleanup Coming April 1

Published 02/22/2017 at 3:49 AM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Oregon Coast Spring Beach Cleanup Coming April 1

(Oregon Coast) – SOLVE again comes to the rescue of Oregon sands with the annual Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup happening on April 1. Twice a year, hundreds of state residents hit the beaches of the Oregon coast to scour out tens of thousands of pounds of litter and marine debris that has washed in from winter storms. This time around it's presented by AAA, and the SOLVE Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup is looking for volunteers and counting on families, schools, business groups, and people of all ages to join together in cleaning this shoreline.

It happens every spring and fall, with people from all around Oregon heading to the beach as part of this impressive work crew. This home-grown tradition has benefited people and wildlife alike, supporting clean seas and healthy communities.

This year's event coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, which granted 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 place to live and visit. The April 1 event is yet another means of celebrating 50 years of public beaches by helping to protect the coast for present and future generations.

It takes place along the entire 362 miles of Oregon coastline, happening from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can register at one of 45 beach cleanup sites from Fort Stevens State Park near Astoria to Harris Beach in Brookings. For more information and to see a list of cleanup site, please visit solveoregon.org or call Kaleen Boyle at 503-844-9571 x332.

The SOLVE beach cleanups have been around since 1984, with the organization first going by S.O.L.V (for Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism), and then simply shortening the acronym to SOLV. In recent recent years it added the E for the new and more direct name of SOLVE.

Over those three decades, over 250,000 volunteers have removed an astounding 3.5 million pounds of debris from Oregon's beaches. This debris comes in many forms: from the single bottle cap littered on the beach to a thousand-pound commercial fishing net. One recent study published in the journal Science indicates that the entire ocean system of the world gets about eight million tons of plastic dumped into it each year. This number is on the rise, scientists say, and the impacts on the ocean, coastlines and marine life are getting worse.

"Thousands of pounds of marine debris both from Oregon and across the Pacific basin wash ashore on our iconic beaches each year, threatening the health of our wildlife and coastal communities," said Joy Hawkins, SOLVE Program Coordinator. "While this is a worldwide problem, local citizens have the power to make a difference here on our own shores."

For those participating, you'll want to come prepared. Dress with the weather in mind – which could mean rain, wind, sun or all three interchanging. Organizers say you'll need sturdy shoes. All cleanup supplies will be provided. Volunteers who would like to help make the event more sustainable are encouraged to bring their own reusable bucket and work gloves. The most common items found during this event are broken pieces of plastic and cigarette butts, which are harmful to local wildlife. Bring an old colander to sift the tide lines for these tiny pieces.

Other sponsors of the Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup include Fred Meyer, Martin Hospitality, Northwest Natural, and The Standard. Coordinating sponsors are Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and local coast haulers. Media sponsors are K103fm, and KOIN 6. Where to stay for this event - Where to eat - Map and Virtual Tour







 

More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 


 


Coastal Spotlight

LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Free Fishing Day, Birding Event on Central Oregon Coast
Free Family Fishing Day in Lincoln City, April 28; Cascade Head Bird Walk on May 12. Lincoln City events
Oregon Coast Video: Chaotic and Calm at Hug Point, near Cannon Beach
Hug Point changes shape and look so distinctly and so much more obviously
An Array of Sudden, Wild Beach Finds on N. Oregon Coast: the 'Ocean Burp'
A massive debris field of wild, weird and fun stuff from the deep called an ocean burp. Sciences
Oregon Coast Whale License Plate Appears to be a Go
The initiative reached its goal of selling 3,000 vouchers for the plate. Sciences
Meteor Showers Look Good for Oregon Coast, Portland, Valley
The meteor showers peak on April 22 but they're still around until April 25. Sciences
Oregon Coast Safety: Helpful Tricks to Spotting Sneaker Waves
Strangely, there is a little trick to spotting them. Weather
Oregon Coast Scenery That Makes a Scene: Manzanita's Overlooks; Video
They're called the Neahkahnie Overlooks and it's a non-stop supply of oceanic eye candy. Travel tips
N. Oregon Coast Concerts Include America's Got Talent Singer
Cannon Beach History Center and Museum pull together two gigs of an interesting nature

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details