State officials say they are seeing an increase in marine debris items this winter.
To help visitors keep our coast clean, the Department of Ecology have re-deployed trash bins at Ocean Shores, Grayland, and Long Beach.
Ecology is working with Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission to assess the need at other beach locations.
Steve Brand, State Parks field operations manager said that anyone on the beaches can help keep them clean. “While you are out walking on the ocean beach or clam digging, please help us keep our beaches clean.”
Beachgoers are encouraged to bring their own bags to pick up debris. Locally, bags may also be available at the Ocean Shores Police Department, Ocean Shores Visitor Information Center and from State Parks staff.
Global Diving & Salvage, a Seattle-based private contractor, has donated 2,000 bags to the state to help with beach cleanup efforts.
Steel pipe found at Long Beach on 1/29/13. It’s 19’4″ long, and 3′ in diameter. The base plates are 3/4″ thick and 3′ by 3′. Courtesy of Washington State Parks.