Beach cleanup volunteers sought
Registration is open as Washington CoastSavers looks for volunteers to help with the International Coastal Cleanup Sept. 17.
CoastSavers is organizing cleanups on dozens of beaches on the Pacific Coast and along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
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The International Coastal Cleanup is a global cleanup effort organized by the Ocean Conservancy each September, said Jon Schmidt, coordinator for Washington CoastSavers, which serves as the local cleanup coordinator in Washington. Trash found at the fall event will be counted and included in an annual index of global marine debris to be released in 2017. Last year, nearly 800,000 volunteers collected more than 18 million pounds of trash from shorelines around the world.
To help collect data, Washington volunteers will be asked to complete debris data cards during the cleanup.
Part of post-cleanup activities will be the free Salmon Feed/Poetry Read in Forks. It will start around 4 p.m. at Tillicum Park.
There also will be “thank you” barbecues at Hobuck Campground from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Lost Resort at Ozette (free bean soup), Three Rivers Fire Station from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kalaloch Lodge with 15 percent off at the restaurant or gift shop, and noon-1 p.m. at Twin Harbors State Park.
Schmidt said it is helpful for the event planners to know how many volunteers to expect, so he asks people to register at coastsavers.org.
What should we name new park?
The city of Gig Harbor Parks Commission is looking for help in naming a new park. The commission will gather ideas from the public at a hearing Wednesday.
Gig Harbor’s newest park is along Borgen Boulevard, on the southeast side of the Olympus Way roundabout, just west of the Heron’s Key development.
The parks commission is gathering ideas before it makes a recommendation to City Council.
The meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. in Community Rooms A and B at the Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St. For more information, call the city at 253- 851-6170.
Work closes Chehalis boat launch
A popular Chehalis River boat launch near Montesano is scheduled to be closed beginning Tuesday. The closure is expected to run through Sept.16 as the state Department of Fish and Wildlife replaces the ramps and renovates the facility.
The project will include installation of an ADA loading platform and an ADA restroom, and resurfacing the parking area.
Brian Mitchell, access site manager, said in a news release the ramp is expected to be open during the final work from Sept. 19-Oct. 31. He pointed out that parking will likely be restricted during that period.
The $498,000 project is funded by a Boating Facilities Program grant awarded through the state Recreation and Conservation Office.
The South Montesano Water Access Site is 0.8 miles south of Montesano on state Route 107. Alternate access sites in the vicinity include the department’s Fuller Bridge Water Access Site (wdfw.wa.gov/lands/water_access) and the Port of Grays Harbor’s Friends Landing near Montesano.
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