Microplastics Beach Clean Up

February 24, 2019 - 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Otter Rock / Devil's Punch Bowl
Otter Rock, OR
Newport Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation

Newport Surfrider Chapter cleaning microplastics at Otter Rock.
Newport Surfrider Chapter cleaning microplastics at Otter Rock.

The Newport Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is in need of volunteers to clean up the beach at Otter Rock. Join them at the Otter Rock Parking Lot Sunday, Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. Park near the bathrooms. There's more plastic and other trash on the beach right now than we've ever seen before, due to the King Tides. Scott Rosin, local Surfrider Newport Chapter Chair, has developed a system to collect microplastic and wash the sand out. This is very effective and very labor intensive.

If you love the beaches, please come out and help clean the Oregon coast. Scott, will distribute supplies and do an introduction by the table there. Then everyone will walk down to the beach together. Don’t forget rubber boots and appropriate attire.

This will be the 6th consecutive Sunday for this effort. Cleanups will happen every Sunday for the foreseeable future until the northwest winds bury the microplastic in late spring. Times vary according to the tides. For the complete calendar go HERE: Each cleanup lasts about four hours or until everyone goes home. Scott Rosin, chair of the Newport Chapter, stays until the last person goes home.

Surfrider Foundation is a nonprofit environmental organization that works to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves, and beaches. The Newport Oregon Chapter protects our local beaches from Florence to Tillamook.  For more information on the Newport Oregon Chapter go HERE.