The Northwest Coast joins the International Coastal Cleanup
by Denise Dunne DeVaney
For the Forks Forum

Seventeen volunteers walked the Northwest Coast beaches on Sun., Sept. 18, picking up trash and hauling debris out of the sand and surf. They weren't alone. Beach lovers around the globe took time out on Sunday for the Twentieth International Coastal Cleanup. Port Angeles and Sequim also planned to participate and when organizer Ted Muralt heard that, he decided to get his community involved too. "I love the beach," Ted explained. "This is an international effort; Port Angeles and Sequim were supporting it and I wanted to be part of it too."

The Ocean Conservancy has been sponsoring the Coastal Cleanup since its inception. According to their website (www.oceanconservancy.org), more than 300,000 volunteers pitched in last year to scour beaches all over the world. Each year the support grows and Northwest Coast residents were happy to be a part of it. Among the participants at Slip Point were Stephanie Lucas and Carol Schultz, both from Clallam Bay. The weather was beautiful and they seemed to be having fun, but as they struggled up the gravel beach, trying to keep their footing while carrying a huge, rusty iron pipe, Carol said, "Now I know why they call this Slip Point!"

Muralt hopes this will be a first step toward more local beach projects. "Our beaches on the North-west Coast are close to pristine right now. We should make them 100 per-cent pristine." He added "We should just make them perfect."

Steph and Carol

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Stephanie Lucas and Carol Schultz find buried treasure at the International Coastal Cleanup.

Adam
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Adam Muralt does his part for the International Coastal Cleanup.