On Saturday, March 11, more than 170 volunteers lent a hand during the 10th Biennial Nehalem Estuary Cleanup. Volunteer duties ranged from removing debris from the mud and high tide line, sorting through trash and recyclables, helping with set-up and take down, and throwing the celebration dinner.
The success of the event is evidenced by the outpouring of support and the amount of debris removed from the estuary. Participants pulled 2.66 tons of trash, 1,369 lbs. of recyclable and reusable material, and 60 lbs. of hazardous/potentially hazardous materials from Nehalem Bay – totaling 3.37 tons of debris removed. Items included 44 tires, 284 shotgun shells, 22 shoes (including one pair), one kitchen faucet, 29 balls, seven 55-gallon drums, half a Jeep grill, 1 BB gun, and for the second event in a row — a genuine message in a bottle! The note inside was from a 6-year-old in Hillsboro who loves Minecraft, Legos, and Nerf Guns.
Community partners Lower Nehalem Community Trust, Lower Nehalem Watershed Council, CARTM, Nehalem Bay State Park, North Coast Land Conservancy, and Tillamook Estuaries Partnership