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.
Celebrate International Surfing Day With Otter Rock n Roll Youth Surfing Competition — In Memory of Mike Bowers
The Otter Rock N’ Roll youth surfing competition will take place on Saturday June 20th at Otter Rock/Devil’s Punchbowl State Park from 8am-4pm. This event recognizes International Surfing Day (www.intlsurfingday.com) and celebrates the sport of surfing and helps raise awareness about issues facing our oceans, waves and beaches. The event is an 18 and under surf contest open to all surfers including beginners, a Beach Cleanup Challenge, and family friendly music and other fun for beach enthusiasts.
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.’