Join thousands of Oregonians on Saturday, September 17 for the SOLVE Beach and Shoreline Cleanup, in partnership with the Oregon Lottery. Volunteer registration is now live and everyone in Oregon, from Astoria to Brookings, from Pendleton to Sunriver, is encouraged to register for this statewide cleanup event.
For nearly four decades, SOLVE has organized the annual beach and shoreline cleanup. With support from SOLVE, community leaders and partner organizations organize restoration events, urban waste cleanup projects and beach cleanups. Each volunteer project aims to care for one of Oregon’s most precious resources, our water, from source to sea.
Thanks to the efforts of more than 3,000 dedicated volunteers who participated in last year’s beach and shoreline cleanup, more than 60,385 pounds of marine litter and debris were removed and 32,717 square feet of invasive plants have been eliminated.
Removing invasive plant species, tending to native plants, and collecting trash are all easy ways for volunteers to have a positive impact on Oregon’s water quality.
Every litter collected eliminates the possibility of it entering a nearby river, waterway or storm drain, where it can eventually head out to sea and contribute to our global marine debris crisis. Invasive plant species crowd out native plants and typically have shallow roots, leading to increased erosion and poor water filtration.
“Since 1969, SOLVE has mobilized volunteers to restore and preserve Oregon’s natural spaces,” says Oregon Lottery Director Barry Pack. “The Oregon Lottery is proud to continue supporting SOLVE Beach and Shoreline Cleanups. Now more than ever, it’s important that Oregonians come together for a common cause. The SOLVE beach and shoreline cleanup offers the perfect opportunity.
Interested community members are encouraged to visit solveoregon.org to view a list of volunteer projects and to register. To create a culture of sustainability around litter cleanup, it is suggested that you bring your own reusable gloves, buckets and safety vests. Beach and river cleanups are a great way to bond with family members, coworkers, and neighbors, while collectively giving back to some of Oregon’s most beautiful places. Join the action today at solveoregon.org.
The SOLVE Beach and Shoreline Cleanup is in partnership with the Oregon Lottery, with additional support from Metro, the Oregon Department of Parks and Recreation, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Onpoint Community Credit Union, Rogue Ales & Spirits, Chevron, Fred Meyer, Bamboo Sushi, Clean Water Services, City of Beaverton, Next Adventure and Deep Blue Pacific Wind.