Oregon Coast Clean Up Asks for Volunteers
(Oregon Coast) - SOLV and the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) encourage thousands of volunteers to hit the beach March 20 for the annual SOLV Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup. In just three hours, volunteers will help clean Oregon's beaches from the Columbia River to the California border.
"Large amounts of trash have washed ashore during winter storms," said Jeff Farm, OPRD’s Ocean Shores Manager. "We’re hoping for a record number of volunteers to take an active role in protecting our coastal environment."
Volunteers are encouraged to visit www.solv.org to pre-register online and view a map of registration locations, or call SOLV at (503) 844 -9571 or 800-333-SOLV (7658) for more information. Volunteers also should dress for the weather, bring gloves, wear sturdy shoes, and keep safety in mind while on the beach, especially because winter storms have littered the coastline with additional, potentially hazardous, trash and debris.
SOLV is proud to have been a leader in the clean beach movement that began in 1984 to address what was then called “The Plague of Plastics” and the long-ranging negative impact of plastic litter and debris on marine wildlife. Because plastic debris does not biodegrade, but instead breaks down into smaller and smaller particles, it continues to be a major threat to coastal wildlife.
Each year thousands of marine mammals, sea birds, turtles and fish are killed after they ingest, swallow, or become entangled in plastic garbage and other types of litter. “By participating in ongoing SOLV cleanups and taking small steps at home to reduce reuse and recycle whenever possible, Oregonians can make a difference and will help protect ocean ecosystems and marine wildlife,” says Diana Bartlett, SOLV Program Coordinator.
Major sponsors of this year’s Spring Oregon Beach Cleanup are Fred Meyer, Hawthorn Farm Athletic Club, and The Standard Insurance Company. Zone sponsors are The Curry Coastal Pilot, The Inn at Cape Kiwanda, and The Pelican Pub. Additional support is provided by SOLV members. KPOJ Radio is the media sponsor.
The beach cleanup is coordinated by SOLV, OPRD, and local coast haulers (Bandon Transfer and Recycling, Central Coast Disposal, City Sanitary, Curry Transfer and Recycling, Dahl Disposal Service, Les’ Sanitary Service, Nestucca Valley Sanitary Service, North Lincoln Sanitary Service, R Sanitary Service, Thompson’s Sanitary Service, & Western Oregon Waste).
Founded in 1969 by Oregon Governor Tom McCall, SOLV’s mission is to bring Oregonians together to improve the environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Governor McCall also signed the 1967 Beach Bill into law, creating the Ocean Shore Recreation Area, managed by OPRD for the benefit of all Oregonians.
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