The Clallam Bay and Sekiu Coastal Cleanup
event on Sunday September 18th 2005 was a great success.
The Clallam Bay/Sekiu Chamber of Commerce, the
Clallam County Marine Resource Committee, WSU BeachWatchers of Clallam
County and the Surfrider Foundation partnered to bring the
International Coast Clean-up to the Clallam Bay -- Sekiu area as part
of the overall Straits of Juan de Fuca cleanup. This joint clean up
happened all over the world on the weekend of September 17th and 18th
(check their website at http://coastalcleanup.org/welcome.cfm).
Ian Miller of the surfriders was one of the main coordinators of the
"Straits cleanup". Ian's report on the results of the whole Straits
cleanup can be viewed by Clicking Here.
This was the first Annual NW Straits Cleanup Day and
we are hoping that the event will grow in future
years, will add more and more shoreline, and may include a festival
later in the day. But this year, we were just focusing on getting
out on the beach cleaning up trash. This event received some
media attention in the Peninsula Daily News and our local Forks Forum Click here
to View the Forum article.
On the day of the event, there was a sign up
registration table at the Clallam Bay – Sekiu Chamber welcome Visitor
from the Clallam Bay Grocery Store in downtown Clallam Bay.
Volunteers, who had not pre-registered, came to
the registration table Sunday morning September 18th from 7:00 am
on. After they partook of the free coffee and donuts/cake they
selected a beach area and
picked up their supplies of bags, gloves, snacks (Cliff
Bar was a sponsor) pens and data sheets. After the selected beach
areas were cleaned, most all volunteers returned to the visitors
center, had some more coffee and donuts/cake, and left their Data
Sheets and bags (most
everyone). The bags were picked up, weighed and disposed of. The
Data Sheets were reviewed (summarized) and sent on to the central
Here are a couple pictures. One taken outside the Visitors Center with
Mike Doherty, Carol Schultz and Pat Ness (Pat held down the office) .
And another with Mike and Carol, showing some of their prizes.
Because the beach was not continuous and very limited
access, especially at
certain tide levels, the cleanup was
conducted in sections. The tides were minus (-) 0.78 feet at 7:53 PM
7.49 feet at 2:25 PM (around 5 ft at Noon) so the low tide sections
were attacked early. Additionally, because of the washed out County Park bridge (across from the visitor
center), just getting to the beach sections was a
challenge. If it were not for the Spring Tavern owner, Jerry White, opening up his private
property for the event, it would have been very difficult to do the
whole beach at all. Additionally, the parking for the Slip Point
access is real joke. It is limited to two vehicles spots squeezed
in along the shoulder of the road leading to the old Coast Guard
station. There is no parking allowed on the Coast Guard property and
the rest is private property. We had some Texas visitors who
signed in and filled out the front of Data Sheet but apparently did not
pickup. I am sure they may have been discouraged by lack of
parking/access at Slip Point. This is a common complaint.
In any event, those that persevered and the beaches
they attended to, are shown below.
Clallam Bay/Sekiu Coastal Cleanup Beach descriptions
and involved volunteers (click the image above for larger size)
and Larry Tveit (2 Bags) handled the section from
the Coho resort toward Sekiu to the Browns private residential property. This is a nice sandy beach walk
but a little hard on Marcella because of her rheumatoid arthritis
particularly in the unpacked sandy areas, she said. She said that
next year she may not be able to do the job because it took her two
days to recover from this event. I guess that would leave it up
to Larry and the kids and Grandkids. Although, by that time, a
new cure for that dreaded disease would have been found, we all hope.
Besides, is hard to hold Marcella down in any case.
- Kamera Baker and
Ted Muralt (2 Bags) handled the low tide section
from the Spring Tavern beach to a
point just before the Coho
Resort marina. This is a rocky
beach and was a little slippery
and a little tough going in spots, but was actually very interesting
because of the low tide and all the birds and old railroad debris left
over from the days of railroad shipment of lumber from this area.
We did have to climb the cliff to leave a filled bag on
Hwy 112 to pickup later. After we continued back to the Spring
and filled up the other bag, we drove back the retrieve the bag left on
the road way.
- Douglas Muralt
and his three kids (Adam, 7, John, 6 and Grace, 5) (2 Bags)
handled the trip from the Spring Tavern beach east toward Slip
point to a point adjacent to the washed out Clallam County Park
It was an easy walk with no
interruptions from the Clallam River (no wading required this time of
the year) and no problem with the tide impeding things. The
beach was mostly sandy, to start, but turns toward medium size
smooth gravel (a favorite haunt for agate
hunters) near the bridge area an on toward Slip Point. This was a wide
area to cover including the trapped water
sections south of the main beach. Douglas said that the kids were
getting a bit tired, because of the early wake up time and the wide
area of coverage and the advancing weight of the trash bags.
- Mike Doherty (1
Bag) was picking his way down from the Slip Point access path,
with his bag of trash in hand when he came across Douglas Muralt and
the kids at a point opposite the washed out bridge.
Mike, seeing how tired the kid were, offered them help back to his
vehicle, and then, a ride back to the visitor center and back home.
They were extremely happy and grateful that Mike had come by.
- Patricia Hutson and Brian
Richardson (3 Bags) covered the Clallam Bay beach from Slip
Point west toward the Spring Tavern, a long trek.
- Carol Schultz and
Stephanie Lucas (1 Bag) handled the low tide
section from the old
Coast Guard Station and around Slip Point to the East. This section offered some
of the best views around and is where the fossils are found and lots of
sea creatures (tidal pools, etc.). This was a round trip
(from the old coast
Station around the point and back) and was started early (before
8:00 am) to avoid being trapped by the tide. One of the
limitations of this walk to the beach for this point, as pointed out by
many visitors, is the extremely limited parking area (room for 2 cars).
The Clallam Bay beach has a severe parking/access limitation (combined
with the washed out Bridge) which may be remedied when the Coast Guard
station property gets transferred to local control (eminently, as
- Dan Spomer and
Jaclyn (Bags disposed of at Olsons)
handled the Sekiu beach, by Olsons Resort, parallel with front St.
Other Beaches covered which were out side the
targeted Sekiu/Clallam Bay/Slip Point area are listed below:
- Shipwreck Point
(approximately 12 miles west of Clallam Bay) was picked up by Ted Muralt (3 Bags)
- Beach by Sekiu
River bridge west (approximately 3 miles west of Clallam Bay)
was picked up by Stephanie Lucas (1
(approximately 12 miles east of Clallam Bay) and the Twins area (approximately 16 miles
east of Clallam Bay) was picked up by Mike Doherty (Bag - Disposed of by Mike)