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Weather Good for Oregon
Coast Cleanup, but High Sand Covers Trash
|SOLV volunteers cleaning up in Nye Beach, Newport
(Oregon Coast) – Officials at Stop Oregon Litter
and Vandalism (SOLV) report nearly 4,000 volunteers helped scour Oregon
beaches under quite cooperative skies Saturday, with the weather staying
not only dry, but quite sunny in some places on the Oregon coast. They
were all part of the 24th annual SOLV Great Oregon Fall Beach Cleanup,
cleaning up some 30 tons of trash and debris.
Volunteers commented that the beaches seemed fairly clean
this fall, but the reality is that sand levels were so high that stuff
was simply covered up. Guy DiTorrice, Lincoln County liaison for SOLV,
said there was very little to pick up.
“There was a lot of sand, at least on our part of
the beaches,” DiTorrice said. “We’ve seen less trash
on the beaches as a whole this year. But there is a lot more sand than
I care to see.”
|Metal object embedded in sand, Lincoln City
DiTorrice is also a beach paleontologist who runs fossil
tours of the central coast under the name “Oregon Fossil Guy.”
He added these high sand levels are covering up his fossil finds as well.
Sand levels may be unusually high this summer – especially
on the central coast – partially because it’s been a particularly
calm season with no storms.
There was no shortage of oddities found, reports SOLV,
even with the higher-than-normal sand levels. Volunteers discovered a
tent, a picnic table, a roll of carpet, hand blown glass paperweights,
a football, a toilet, a gigantic truss, an old wooden rain gutter, two
full beer bottles (among the many empties), a burned up recliner, a boat
fender, industrial wire spindle and four glass floats. Volunteers also
collected an abundant supply of cigarette butts, plastic, styrofoam, chairs
and metal. DiTorrice and other zone captains around the Oregon coast report
finding a fair amount of tires as well – the staple of beach litter.
|Fish skeleton lurking in sand, Cannon Beach
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Bill Hastie of Salem was zone captain for the area around
Garibaldi, Tillamook Bay and Netarts. The boat bumper was picked up off
his territory. “It was really big,” Hastie said. “It
was about two and a half feet to three feet across and broken in half,
so the Styrofoam was showing. That was quite unusual. I’ve never
seen that before in all the years I’ve been doing this. We’ve
found boat bumpers, but never one this big.”
Hastie added there were quite a few pieces of metal and
plastic, also de rigueur for the SOLV cleanups.
In the Neskowin/Pacific City area – in lower Tillamook
County - Scott Duncan was zone captain, and he said he heard of a shark
body that was found in Lincoln City. DiTorrice couldn’t confirm
that, but said a dead seal pup was found on Nye Beach, in Newport.
|Volunteers in Manzanita
Duncan also said there wasn’t much to pick up in
his area, but they did find a makeshift barge embedded in the sand, which
couldn’t be removed right away. “It was made of wood, metal,
and was about 10 feet by 15 feet,” Duncan said.
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In the Nehalem Bay and Manzanita area, Shelley Parker works
for the State Parks Department and was zone captain there. She also said
there wasn’t much to pick up, although there were a few tires, and
someone found a body of a dead deer.
SOLV said it had people from all over the world participating,
including England, Japan, and Canada. Also, in the Newport area, five
goats lent a leg - or four, actually.
In Rockaway Beach, zone captain Dolores Stover said the
volume of stuff picked up in her area was about the same, and there was
nothing unusual found.
“We did have a great group of people that cleaned
the beach,” she said. “One interesting group was from Rwanda.
They had 16 teenagers that were here on a holiday. They were very well
mannered, spoke English and were a pleasure to have. They have to return
to Rwanda in one week and their sponsor wanted them to see what Americans
do to keep their beaches as pristine as they are. I think they learned
a great deal about the hospitality of Oregonians.”
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The next beach cleanup, in the spring, will yield more
crazy items, said Hastie. “We’ve had the winter storms then,
so lots of stuff will be on the beaches then.”
In the end, it was quite a successful event for those in
the state - and for some from out of the country.
|Glass float found in Newport (photo courtesy Danielle Emerick, Starfish
“This event really shows how much we can accomplish
when everyone gives a little bit,” said SOLV Program Director Erin
Coordinating sponsors for this year’s SOLV Great
Oregon Fall Beach Cleanup are the Local Coast Haulers and the Oregon Parks
and Recreation Department. Major sponsors for the event are AAA Oregon/Idaho,
Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Fred Meyer, Portland General Electric,
Starbucks and Wells Fargo Bank. Zone sponsors are the Curry Coastal Pilot,
Hawthorn Farm Athletic Club, Hewlett-Packard, Made in Oregon, the Pelican
Pub and The Inn at Cape Kiwanda, and The Mill Casino and Hotel. The beach
cleanup is also supported by the Oregon Department of Land and Conservation,
The Yahoo! Employee Foundation and Subaru of America. Media sponsors are
KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8 and KPOJ.
Founded in 1969 by Oregon Governor Tom McCall to
address litter and vandalism problems, SOLV has expanded to reach every
county in the state and to bring together government agencies, businesses
and individuals in programs and projects to enhance the livability of
Oregon. Because of this expansion SOLV no longer calls itself “Stop
Oregon Litter and Vandalism” and has adopted the acronym, SOLV,
as its official name.
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