By Nancy Messmer
Clallam Bay Sekiu Lions PR committee
On a sunny Saturday, April 17, 32 volunteers from far (Tigard, Oregon) and near (Sekiu, Clallam Bay, Forks, Port Angeles) assembled at the Clallam Bay Sekiu Visitor Center for bags, beach guidance, and encouragement. As part of the annual Earth Day Beach Cleanup organized by the Washington Clean Coast Alliance (aka CoastSavers), local partners Clallam Bay Sekiu Lions and Chamber of Commerce welcomed volunteers to clean beaches from Pillar Point to Bullman Beach.
As well as collecting marine debris for disposal, the groups separated some items for recycling. In addition, two groups of volunteers dumped their bags and bundles, sorted the debris into categories, and counted all that they found. This information is displayed on an interactive global map and data is used for marine debris prevention activities. Stay tuned for information in the future about the findings on Western Strait beaches.
Carol Schultz conducted the “Most Unusual Item” contest. Several volunteers brought in beach treasures, including a marble turned into flat sea glass, a glass bottle with a halo of mussels, a small American flag, a Michael Jackson “Bad” CD, interesting driftwood, and more.
Thanks to all of the volunteers who pick up marine debris and to all of the beach users who dispose of trash properly, helping to keep the ocean clean and healthy.