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December 19, 2016: RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, Students for the Salish Sea host New Year's Day beach cleanup at Locust Beach

posted Dec 21, 2016, 12:31 PM by RE Sources for Sustainable Communities   [ updated Dec 21, 2016, 12:31 PM ]

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities’ North Sound Baykeeper and Western Washington University club Students for the Salish Sea are hosting a New Year’s Day beach cleanup at Locust Beach to remove trash and large debris from the beach.

“Recent winter storms have deposited large debris on the beach, including derelict fishing nets,” says Lee First, North Sound Baykeeper at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities. “Because of its location and the direction of prevailing winds, Locust Beach receives debris from all directions, including lots of small plastic from the city’s stormwater discharges.”

The cleanup is from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 1, 2017, at Locust Beach. The trailhead to the beach is located at the dead end of Locust Avenue, off Marine Drive in Bellingham. Parking is available in a public lot on the north side of the street (map).

“Marine debris is a major concern because it constantly accumulates in our ocean. Beach cleanups are a way we can all pitch in to help reduce our impacts on the ocean. Not only does this help to decrease pollution, but also increases aesthetic value of our local beaches,” said Sarah Sasek, Students for the Salish Sea coordinator.

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. 

Media Contacts: Lee First, North Sound Baykeeper, leef@re-sources.org, (360) 733-8307
Sarah Sasek, Students for the Salish Sea, studentsforthesalishsea@gmail.com, (616) 914-4849

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. The North Sound Baykeeper is charged with protecting and enhancing the marine and nearshore habitats of the northern Puget Sound region. 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.