First of all, a big thank you to the dedicated volunteers who came out to collect data, field test microplastic sifting techniques and remove meso- and microplastic debris from Nye Beach.
This event was unlike other beach cleanups because we weren’t focused on collecting as much debris as we could find. Instead, we focused on a 100-meter transect parallel to the ocean in the most recent high tide line. The transect started at Nye Creek and went North for 100-meters. Flags were placed every 10 meters and volunteers surveyed each section looking for debris smaller than 1-inch. Debris was kept, analyzed and photographed. Other volunteers tested meso- and microplastic debris collection methods in the dry sand dunes further inshore. While we only collected a few pounds of debris total, I’m excited to continue collecting data over the summer! Click Read More for results.
These kids were out doing a beach clean-up and they decided to join our (small but mighty) procession to show our position against offshore oil drilling and maintaining the moratorium currently in place in Oregon.
Like one of our participants said ‘Hard to see a moment like that and not feel a little inspired and comforted about where we are headed as a community. Thanks also to everyone who showed up in support.’
Saturday May 9th, Nye Beach in Newport, 10 to 1, check in from 10 to 11:15 (this event will be canceled if it rains).
Have you wondered about those colorful little bits we see more and more of in the sand? If you look closely they are everywhere and perhaps you’ve been out on a day when the rack lines were thick with them. Unfortunately most are plastic – not pretty stones. Plastic never really goes away, instead it’s breaking down into these tiny fragments. You also find lots of mermaids’ tears, these are particularly sad as they have never been anything useful even for a day. Technically know as nurdles, they are pre-production microplastic resin pellets.