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Washington Coast Cleanup Day Saturday

 

April 16, 2013



The Washington State Parks and Recreation

Commission is putting out a call to volunteers to hit the ocean beaches

for a huge beach cleanup effort Saturday.

Gov. Jay Inslee has proclaimed Saturday, April 20, Washington Coast

Cleanup Day. The Commission is one of eight founding organizations among

a group of cooperating sponsors known as the Washington Clean Coast

Alliance. The CoastSavers program of the Alliance organizes a major

coastal cleanup each year around the time of Earth Day.

Last year, more than 1,300 volunteers removed 30 tons of marine debris

from Washington's Pacific Ocean beaches.

Volunteers are invited to sign up on the CoastSavers web site,

http://www.coastsavers.org/washington or sign up at state and national parks on

the ocean. Volunteers also can simply show up to help on cleanup day.

All abilities are needed; anyone who can hold a bag can help. While some

volunteers carry garbage bags to roadside dumpsters, others simply fill

the bags so that participants in four-wheel drive vehicles can pick them

up along the beach.

Other members of the CoastSavers Alliance include the Grass Roots

Garbage Gang, the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association,

Discover Your Northwest, Lions Club International, Olympic Coast

National Marine Sanctuary, Olympic National Park and the Surfrider

Foundation.

Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks

at http://www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, http://www.twitter.com/WaStatePks and

http://www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks. Share your favorite state park

adventure on the State Parks blog site at http://www.AdventureAwaits.com.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse

system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including

long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington

State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19 and invites the public to

join the celebration at events in parks all over the state, all year

long. For more information, visit http://www.parks.wa.gov/events/.

Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and

enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington's beautiful

state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit

http://www.discoverpass.wa.gov.

 

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