Thursday, October 30, 2014

Wind and high seas can't stop Oregon volunteers. Most of the beach cleanups that were postponed due to severe weather for the SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery, have been rescheduled. Over a dozen were held on October 12th and the rest will take place on October 26th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

"Beach cleanup coordinators have been working tirelessly over the past few days to make sure these cleanups still take place," said Joy Irby, SOLVE Program Coordinator. "Oregon volunteers are resilient - an early storm won't stop us from ensuring the health of our coastlines."

Litter and marine debris are a serious environmental problem. They are often confused with food, resulting in malnutrition, entanglement, or strangulation. Even the smallest bits of trash can be harmful."Large storms bring even more marine debris to our coastlines, so there will be lots to clean up in the coming weeks!" said Maureen Fisher, SOLVE Executive Director.

The 1,200 pre-registered volunteers that had signed up for beach cleanups before they were postponed have been contacted and notified of the new dates. SOLVE invites individuals, families and groups to have a fun day at the beach while working with their community members to keep Oregon's coastlines beautiful.

While not all cleanups on the North Coast were able to be rescheduled, six will occur on October 26th, with more to be confirmed in the next week. Sites include:

Fort Stevens State Park - Columbia River Beach Cleanup, HammondFort Stevens State Park - Shipwreck/Peter Iredale Beach Cleanup, HammondSunset Beach Approach, WarrentonSeaside Turnaround Beach Cleanup, SeasideCannon Beach City Hall Cleanup, Cannon BeachTolovana Wayside Cleanup, Cannon Beach Laneda & Ocean Ave Cleanup, ManzanitaNehalem Bay State Park Cleanup, ManzanitaRoad's End Wayside, Lincoln City"D" River Wayside, Lincoln City

To register for a site and see a full list of all the rescheduled cleanups, please visit www.solveoregon.org or call Kaleen Boyle at 503-844-9571, ext. 332.

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