On Saturday, Feb. 23, the Olympic Peninsula Guides’ Association (OPGA) hosted its annual River Clean Up event with a newly added after-party. Over 34 people came by Forks Outfitters to sign up early Saturday morning (with more starting on their own).
Thirty-seven construction grade garbage bags and two dozen donuts were given out. Many tacked on the River Clean Up as part of their day of fishing and still were able to bring back lots of garbage. At the end of the day it was clear that the 4-yard dumpster Blakeslee’s had graciously arranged to have parked in their lot was not big enough, but thankfully people stepped up that had room in their own dumpsters to take care of all the garbage.
Some notable/weird items included plumbing pipes, car bumper, a ginormous bunny suit/stuffed animal, crab pot, pink flamingo, tires, wheels, Christmas tree stand, top of washing machine, tin siding, and bag after bag of general garbage. A group also painted a bridge that was covered with graffiti! The winner for the $50 prize for removing the most garbage was a duo: Annie Crippen and Avery Ironhill.
Organizer Ravae O’Leary said, “Although we don’t want to celebrate the fact that we have to clean up others trash, it is a victory to have removed so much from our area rivers. The day ended with a gathering at Blakeslee’s Bar and Grill for some good conversation and a little fundraising for the OPGA for some exciting things we are up to! Thank you to everyone that participated and a special thanks to Forks Outfitters and Blakeslee’s Bar and Grill for their support!”