Annual coastal cleanup extends to beaches along strait

Staff reportMarch 2, 2014 

Online registration is open for volunteers wanting to take part in the annual Washington Coast Cleanup on April 19.

As in the past, the cleanup will extend from Hobuck Beach near Neah Bay to Cape Disappointment.

New this year, organizers said, will be the opportunity to clean some beaches along the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Washington CoastSavers, which organizes the event, has selected nearly a dozen beaches from Bullman Beach to Port Williams for cleaning.

“This is a great chance to see some new stretches of beach you may have never visited,” said Jon Schmidt, the group’s coordinator. “It’s your pick. We can use your help wherever you’d like to be that weekend. The debris levels may not be making news, but there is garbage to pick up and it won’t be done without your support.”

As a way of thanking the hundreds of volunteers that turn out, organizers and partner groups will offer free food at various locations following the cleanup. Here are some of the planned locations:

  • The Landing Mall: Port Angeles, noon-3 p.m.
  • Hobuck Beach: Surfrider Foundation, noon-3 p.m.
  • Chito Beach: Lions Club, 1-4 p.m.
  • Three Rivers Fire Station: Surfrider Foundation, noon- 3 p.m.
  • Kalaloch Campground: Kalaloch Lodge, noon-3 p.m.
  • Twin Harbors State Park: Surfrider Foundation, noon-3 p.m.
  • Peninsula Senior Center: Klipsan Beach, noon-1:30 p.m.

Volunteers planning to work in the Forks area for the cleanup will have the chance to take in the River and Ocean Film Festival at the Forks High School theater from 6-9 p.m. April 19. The film festival is free and open to the public and will showcase films looking at relevant environmental issues.

If you will be wilderness camping within Olympic National Park as part of the cleanup, volunteers will need to check in at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles to get a permit. But camping and permit fees will be waived for cleanup participants on the nights of April 18 and 19.

Front-country camping at the coastal campgrounds is on a first-come, first-served basis, and camping will be free for participants the same two nights.

The park also will waive all wilderness permit fees and entrance fees for coastal areas during the cleanup for participants. The WIC in Port Angeles will be open from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. For hours, directions, trail status and other info, call the center at 360-565-3100.

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