Oregon Coast and River Cleanup Date Announced: 30th Anniversary
(Oregon Coast) – The first volunteer beach cleanup in the world happened in Oregon in 1984, and that means it's the 30th anniversary next month of what was then known as the SOLV Beach Cleanup on the Oregon coast. September 27 is the date for what is now known as the SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup, sponsored by the Oregon Lottery.
Again, thousands will join the effort to scour the beaches of the Oregon coast as well as inland river areas in places like Portland, Eugene, Medford, Bend and more.
SOLVE recently announced the new date and put out a call for volunteers.
Back then, in the year that The Eurythmics and Tears for Fears were raging on the record charts, the dream of the first beach cleanup began to take shape as forward-thinkers Judie Hansen and Eleanor Dye were inspired to rid the state's beaches of litter. Local communities, haulers and volunteers banded together across the state, removing 26 tons of debris in the first year alone.
"The 1984 event helped inspire a cleanup model that has since spread across the nation and throughout the world," said Joy Irby, SOLVE Program Coordinator. "That is an amazing legacy for our state."
Now, a whole three decades later, the SOLVE beach cleanups are a massive Oregon tradition that draws hundreds each time around and has expanded to watersheds and rivers around the entire state. Litter cleanups have moved not just around the state but to southern Washington as well. SOLVE said that over the years the Beach and Riverside Cleanup has engaged 110,500 volunteers who have removed 1.5 million pounds of litter from Oregon's beaches, parks, neighborhoods and waterways.
"The Beach and Riverside Cleanup truly shows Oregonians at their best," said Maureen Fisher, SOLVE Executive Director. "Each year, Oregon volunteers help to make sure that we have clean and healthy waterways - and they have fun doing it!"
While the date for the upcoming cleanup may vary slightly for some parts of the inland state, September 27 is the date for the scouring of the Oregon coast. Most parts of Oregon are on that date and the time for most areas is 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This 30th anniversary cleanup includes over 100 projects, and it is part of the International Coastal Cleanup and National Public Lands Day. Volunteers are encouraged to pre-register online at www.solveoregon.org, or by calling 503-844-9571 x332.
More on the Oregon coast below:
More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....
More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....
LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles
How a Shipwreck Became an Oregon Coast BnB
Near Pacific City, a tiny little bed and breakfast called Sandlake Country Inn is actually built from parts of a shipwreck. Lodging, history.
Oregon Coast and River Cleanup Snags nearly 5,000 Volunteers
SOLVE said over 52,200 pounds of trash and debris were collected from over 110 project sites including beaches, rivers, neighborhoods, parks, and school grounds around the state
Video: Depoe Bay's Boiler Bay Exploarations, Central Oregon Coast
Just north of Depoe Bay sits another bay named after the boiler of a shipwreck. Explore it in video, hear and almost feel the waves
Solar and Lunar Eclipses for North America, Oregon, the Coast
Not one but two eclipses will be in the skies in October, visible all over North America - including Oregon, Portland and the coast
Oregon Scientists Need Help from West Coast Fishermen, Beachcombers to Find T...
Instruments from Japan called transponders were released into the Pacific Ocean just after the 2011 tsunami, and researchers from the Oregon coast and in Japan are looking for them
Big Oregon Coast Weekend: Beer Fest, Cleanup, Glass Drops
A massive beer fest tickles the taste buds in Astoria, special glass art pieces will be set around Lincoln City, and all over it's the SOLVE Oregon Coast Beach Cleanup on Saturday
Oregon Coast Event Examines Marine Science and the Blue Economy
NW Marine Technology Summit looks at new, emerging marine technologies on October 20 to 22, especially those in the realms of science. Newport events
Oregon, Washington Climate is Warming Say Scientists
A study conducted by Oregon scientists has found that the average temperature of the Pacific Northwest has warmed by 1.3 degrees since the early 20th century
Back to Oregon Coast
Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted