Marine Debris Removal
Marine debris contributes to problems in our marine waters and on beaches. To address this concern, the Clallam MRC has partnered with local organizations, state and federal agencies and other MRCs to form a network of citizen volunteers to carry out marine debris removal projects. The goal of the project is to improve marine habitats, increase public awareness of marine debris sources and to reduce the amount found on local beaches.
The Clallam MRC works to identify areas of where debris accumulates, access points, and local resources to collect the debris. Each year the MRC co-sponsors two beach cleanup events, typically held on or around the April Earth Day celebrations and the International Coastal Cleanup in September. Many co-sponsors and volunteers contribute to these events. Clallam MRC helps provide funding for the dumpsters, garbage bags, and gloves.
2018 Beach Cleanups and Events
September 15th International Coastal Cleanup
The Clallam MRC coordinated the cleanup efforts in the Strait of Juan de Fuca with CoastSavers. The 2018 ICC event was a success even though participation was not as great as during the Earth Day cleanup. Marine debris was removed from 17 beaches along the Strait of Juan de Fuca by a total of 66 volunteers. Approximately 460 lbs. of marine debris was removed from the beaches.
2018 Earth Day Cleanup Event
The 2018 Earth Day cleanup effort was a success. Marine debris was removed from 19 beaches along the Strait of Juan de Fuca by a total of 183 volunteers. An estimated 2,119 lbs. of marine debris was removed from the beaches of which 1,300 lbs. were removed from the 11 beaches near the communities of Clallam Bay – Sekiu. One of this year’s star volunteers was Elsa, who wanted to spend her fifth birthday cleaning the beach at Dungeness Spit so she could "help the animals." In addition to cleaning up the beach she brought cookies for all the other volunteer.
2017 Beach Cleanups and Events
September 16th International Coastal Cleanup
For the third year the Clallam MRC organized the cleanup efforts between Bullman Beach and Dungeness Spit in collaboration with CoastSavers. Marine debris was removed from 11 beaches along the Strait of Juan de Fuca by a total of 67 volunteers. An estimated 610 lbs. of marine debris was from the beaches. This year the Port Angeles rowing club participated in the cleanup effort and adopted the beaches along Ediz Hook.
Post July 4th Elwha Beach Cleanup
Again this year one of the Clallam MRC summer interns organized a beach cleanup after July 4th. The team of volunteers searched the beach and along the river but found very little firework debris. This was assumed to be an outcome of a very windy Fouth of July.
April 29TH Earth Day Cleanup
On Earth Day Clallam MRC coordinated the cleanup effort along the Strait by ensuring that five coordination sites were staffed and had all the needed equipment. Marine debris was removed from at least 11 beaches and Peabody Creek in Port Angeles by 207 volunteers. Almost 2,000 lbs. or one ton of debris was removed. Clallam MRC paid for the dumpster at Clallam Bay.