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Volunteers Called to Help Clean Up Oregon
|Bob Straub State Wayside, Pacific City
(Oregon Coast) - For 23 years, Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism
(SOLV) has been holding twice-yearly clean ups of Oregon beaches, snagging
thousands to help pick up garbage along 364 miles of pristine coastline
– in an effort to keep it that way.
Another one is coming up. The 23rd annual SOLV Great Oregon
Fall Beach Cleanup will take place on September 15, from 10 a.m. to 1
p.m., and SOLV is asking Oregonians from every corner of the state to
join in this nationally recognized cleanup. Thousands of volunteers are
needed to participate at 42 sites up and down the Oregon coast. To participate,
simply check in, pick up a litterbag, and head down to the beach to help
spruce up the coast for wildlife, visitors and all Oregonians.
Newport beach expert Guy DiTorrice has been a part of these
clean ups even before SOLV held them. While living in Eugene over 25 years
ago, he was part of clean up efforts in Florence put together by divers
|Ten Mile Creek beach access, on the south central coast
He eventually became SOLV's Lincoln County Liaison after
moving to the area in the 90’s. He urged others to join in the scouring.
“The twice-yearly beach clean ups provide a special
focused day for folks to come to the coast and help pick-up the flotsam
and jetsam from other folks and the sea,” DiTorrice said.
SOLV has been a front-runner in the clean beach movement
that began in 1984. Since then, SOLV has worked to collect over 1,000
tons of trash with the help of nearly 175,000 dedicated volunteers. With
every foot of Oregon’s beautiful 364-mile coastline being scoured,
SOLV is hopeful for another record-setting event.
|Major chunk of something strange found on a Manzanita beach recently
“Marine debris takes a heavy toll on the environment,
wildlife and even the local economy,” said Jack McGowan, SOLV Executive
director. “We hope everyone who enjoys the beach’s splendor
takes their environmental duty seriously and joins us in this great event.”
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After so many years of involvement, DiTorrice has seen
the finds change.
“The most interesting thing in the past 25 years
is seeing the changes in what you find out there,” DiTorrice said.
“Years ago it was empty cans of chewing tobacco floating out of
the surf, changing to plastic water bottles. That’s probably the
largest volume of items found on the beaches I scour.”
|SOLV volunteers on the beach
Fun finds are plastic toys, DiTorrice said. “From
little tractor trucks to sand pails and plastic shovels. Shoes and all
varieties - but never in pairs - occasionally dot the beach.”
DiTorrice said there’s less and less fishing line
over the last few years. But more “whale burps” or “beach
balls” are being found. These occur naturally, and are made of compressed
grass and other floating debris – often so compact they are impossible
to break and hard as bricks.
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“Some locals make fun of visitors by calling these
items ‘whale snot,’ “ DiTorrice said. “Which it
He’s also noticed quite a bit of trimmed and debarked
wooden trees showing up on the beaches this year. “It looks like
a boat might of dumped a load of future poles offshore,” DiTorrice
said. “Many locals have been dragging them off the beach and cutting
|DiTorrice digging into beach fossils
Interesting finds aside, there are some depressing trends.
“At a time when less and less picnic debris is being left on the
beach, there are more and more rolled up disposable diapers,” DiTorrice
said. “Not exactly the best examples to be setting by parents with
The SOLV beach clean ups are often like one big party on
the beach – but with the purpose being to clean things up and not
leave anything behind. There’s often an atmosphere of camaraderie
This lead to one unforgettable SOLV picnic a few years
ago, where Portland General Electric hosted a beach clean-up/employee
picnic at Gleneden Beach State Park, on the central coast.
|Pristine beaches of Waldport
“Along with great food and a big crowd, one of the
employees hid a written wedding proposal and ring in a bottle that he
managed to have his girlfriend find while they were gathering trash.”
he said. “Last I heard they got hitched.”
DiTorrice is also known as “Oregon Fossil Guy,”
giving tours of central coast beaches and showing people where to find
fossils just lying around or embedded in the rocks. He often utilizes
this opportunity to continue the work of SOLV year round.
He encourages others to not just be vigilant about leaving only footprints
when you head to the beaches, but suggests they too take a little extra
care as he does.
course, along with taking my rake and bucket to collect rocks and fossils
throughout the year, there's always a handful of SOLV bags for picking
up when items appear,” DiTorrice said. “While the twice-annual
beach clean up is great - and hundreds of tons of stuff gets hauled off
- it's always nice to be doing that ongoing landscape maintenance of the
Groups of 20 or more are asked to register
in advance. Visit www.solv.org
or call SOLV at 503-844-9571 or toll free in Oregon, 1-800-333-SOLV for
a list of registration sites. SOLV suggests volunteers bring gloves, wear
sturdy shoes, and be safe while having a fun time removing marine debris
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