SOUTH COAST — Registration is now open for SOLVE’s annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup, happening from Saturday, Sept. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 4. This statewide volunteer event includes beach cleanups, inland cleanups and habitat restoration events, all of which keep Oregon’s watersheds clean and healthy.
Since 1984, more than 140,000 Oregonians have participated in this statewide event, collecting over 900 tons of litter and debris. This longstanding Oregon tradition has seen renewed excitement each year, reflecting how important taking care of the environment is to Oregonians.
The Beach & Riverside Cleanup, along with all SOLVE events, requires all volunteers and volunteer leaders to adhere to safety guidelines. These guidelines include wearing a face covering at the event, maintaining social distancing, and providing only sanitized tools, among other measures. Even with Safety Guidelines in place, SOLVE volunteers have still proven motivated to keep Oregon clean. To find a beach cleanup near you or to sign up in advance (not required), visit solveoregon.org.
"Help us protect marine life and maintain the beauty of our coast," said SOLVE opportunity leader Jon Schmidt. "Be prepared by dressing for any weather and wearing sturdy shoes. You are encouraged to bring your own reusable bucket/bag, gloves and water bottle to help reduce plastic waste. If you happen to forget, SOLVE will provide bags and gloves."
Volunteers are reminded not to forget to pick up the small stuff. The most commonly found items of trash found on Oregon beaches are tiny bits of plastic and cigarette butts, which can be harmful to shore birds and marine life. Bring an old colander to sift the sand for these items.
This beach cleanup is family friendly and volunteers of all ages will find the event fun and rewarding. Volunteers are asked to wear a mask whenever they can't socially distance.
"Please remember our ocean shores can be dangerous," the organizer said. "Please do not climb on logs that have any water around them and never turn your back on the ocean. Keep dogs on a leash.
Sept. 19 events
Horsfall Beach cleanup
Join SOLVE and the Strawberry Hill 4 Wheelers at the Horsfall Day Use OHV Staging Area from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.
Thank you to Central Coast Dispoal and Lane County for donating hauling and disposal services.
Sunset Bay Beach cleanup
Join CoastWatch and SOLVE at Sunset Bay State Park from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 19. Please stagger your arrival between 10-10:30 a.m. This event is part of the annual Beach & Riverside Cleanup and the International Coastal Cleanup, a worldwide effort to keep our beaches healthy and reduce the impacts to marine life.
Bastendorff Beach cleanup
Join SOLVE and Safer As One from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for a beach cleanup at Bastendorf Beach Park. Check-in between 10-10:30 a.m.
Debris that is removed from the beach will be collected by Washed Ashore to potentially be made into art to save the sea.
Bandon beach cleanup
Join SOLVE and Shoreline Education for Awareness in taking care of Bandon area beaches for the Beach & Riverside Cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 19. Check-in at the Bandon City Park's gazebo between 10-11 a.m. Once checking in at the gazebo, the SOLVE beach captain will recommend the best beach area to clean.
Thank you to the Washed Ashore Project for helping to re-purpose collected debris at this site.
Oct. 3 events
Oregon Dunes cleanup
Join SOLVE at from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Sparrow Park Road, 4.5 miles north of Reedsport off U.S. Highway 101. The 4 mile road down to Sparrow Park is rough and in one area has a large dip filled with water causing it to be hard to pass with a car. Trucks are recommended for this road. Contact email@example.com if you have questions.
Hauling and disposal donated by the U.S. Forest Service.
Umpqua Dunes Beach cleanup
Join SOLVE and its partners at the Umpqua Dunes from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Umpqua Beach parking lot No. 2. At Winchester Bay, take the turn-off on to Salmon Harbor Drive. Follow Salmon Harbor Drive and the SOLVE cleanup signs to Umpqua Beach No. 2 parking lot. Parking: Volunteers will not need to pay the day use fee. Please grab an envelope at the parking fee area, write "SOLVE Volunteer" in large letters on it, and place on the car dash. No need to place anything in the fee tube.