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What’s that? Another beach clean up? Didn’t we just do that? We did! But regular clean ups at our beloved, local beaches are essential to keeping up with all the use they get, especially given the recent uptick in marine debris washing ashore. This time, we’ll be partnering with Southwestern Community College at beaches on Cape Arago in conjunction with their Geology Lecture series on May 17 Noon-4pm.
Below is an update from Oregon Parks and Recreation Department on the latest with the dock and terrible foam debris incident at Lighthouse Beach.
01/29 – OPRD update
“Dock Owner – The owners of the dock have responded and have a 4-5 person crew cutting up the concrete into smaller sizes that will be removed by an inmate crew when they are done. Their crews have also been assisting with the clean-up. Currently it is their responsibility for clean-up.
OPRD – Thus far OPRD has had 9 inmate crews working the beach clean-up. We are working with the dock owner for more crews in the near future to remove the concrete and the foam. Sunset Bay park staff have been assisting with garbage runs between the beach accesses. 160 yards of foam have been removed from the beach. We have emptied within one week three 30 yd, two 25 yd, and one 20 yd dumpsters. Of that, Washed Ashore retrieved a 20′ U-Haul truck worth of new art material.
Additional Docks – Three docks were removed from Winchester Bay and Horsfall that were also a part of this event. Those docks were removed by Mast Brothers and were easily hauled off the beach, but at a substantial financial cost.”
New Years for Coos Bay brought 50-60ft sections of a privately owned dock to Lighthouse Beach presenting homeowners, beach-lovers and natural resource agencies with criminal loads of plastic foam (polystyrene a.k.a “white trash”) within the marine and beach environment and along personal property. While OPRD and volunteers have been desperately working around the clock to remove what they can, the white trash continues to break apart into smaller and smaller fragments, being released into the marine waters and coastline like a ship spewing oil.
The Tsunami Surfers are collecting baseline data and will be monitoring change on their stretch of beach. The NOAA Marine Debris Monitoring program and the 4H Surfrider Surf and Stewardship club will be surveying our stretch of beach for two years to see if there is a change in trash from the Japanese tsunami of 2011. Who knew picking up trash was so much fun?