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April 11, 2017: RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Students for the Salish Sea host Earth Day beach cleanup at Locust Beach

posted Apr 11, 2017, 5:36 PM by Virginia Cleaveland   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 5:37 PM ]

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities and Western Washington University club Students for the Salish Sea are hosting an Earth Day beach cleanup at Locust Beach to remove trash and large debris from the beach.

The cleanup is from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 22nd at Locust Beach. The trailhead to the beach is located at the dead end of Locust Avenue, off Marine Drive in Bellingham. Limited parking is available in a public lot on the north side of the street (map). Participants should meet at the Locust Beach parking lot. Participants are encouraged to carpool or ride your bike.

The event is coordinated by RE Sources’ AmeriCorps-Washington Service Corps members Natalie Lord, the Aquatic Reserve Coordinator for the Clean Water program, and Lindsey Gard, the Green Classrooms Coordinator for the Sustainable Schools program, along with Students for the Salish Sea.

“Plastic pollution can be found on every beach around the world, and it endangers hundreds of species due to ingestion and entanglement, including ourselves,” said Natalie Lord. “Join us on Earth Day at our local marine debris hotspot, Locust Beach, to help reduce our impact on the ocean and become better stewards of the Salish Sea."

The cleanup is appropriate for all ages. Light snacks and equipment will be supplied, but volunteers are encouraged to bring work gloves and 5-gallon plastic buckets. Registration is not required.

Questions: Email Lindsey Gard at lindseyg@re-sources.org or call (360) 733-8307.

To RSVP for the event, go online to facebook.com/events/117925902084341.

Media Contact: Lindsey Gard, Green Classrooms Coordinator, lindseyg@re-sources.org, (360) 733-8307

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities is a local nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting the health of Northwest Washington’s people and ecosystems through the application of science, education, advocacy, and action. For more information, visit re-sources.org.

Students for the Salish Sea is a club at Western Washington University that supports the restoration of the Salish Sea bioregional watershed. For more information, visit Students for the Salish Sea on Facebook.