The site, aptly named ½ Way Park, is an estuary halfway between Newport and Toledo on the north side of the Yaquina River. Large pieces of styrofoam from docks in various stages of deterioration have been washing in on high tides for years. The slough was littered with chunks of styrofoam from 10 feet long to gravel sized. Even though it is seven miles from the ocean, these pieces would have ended up in the marine environment eventually.
Thanks to the work of a group of hardy volunteers, 500 pounds of styrofoam won’t find it’s way into the ocean. But our capacity for cleaning up such messes is limited.
On the cleanup side of things, if you have a group that needs help with identifying a site, supplies, disposal, or other organizational problems, feel free to reach out to Newport Surfrider for help. Contact information is available on the chapter website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.