by Jimmy Pasch, AmeriCorps Service Member and Volunteer Coordinator

Since early September, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance has been partnering with a variety of groups and communities to complete shoreline cleanups throughout the Puget Sound as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup! At each event, our volunteers have diligently recorded all of the different debris we pick up so that the Ocean Conservancy can gather a global picture of what sorts of debris end up in our waterways. We have cleaned up 12 sites so far, and will be cleaning a couple more in the coming weeks – check out these photos from some of our recent cleanups!

Total list of ICC sites:

9-6-13 Golden Gardens, with Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences (6th graders!)
9-11-13 Fremont Ship Canal, on foot and kayak, with Edmonds Community College
9-15-13 Bellingham, organized by Northwest Straits Chapter, Surfrider Foundation
9-19-13 Bainbridge Island, with thePlatform
9-21-13 Alki/Seacrest Park
9-21-13 Blake Island (some orcas paid us a thank-you visit on the ferry ride back!)
9-21-13 Centennial
9-21-13 Arboretum, organized by Richard Lane, a dedicated volunteer
9-21-13 Purdy Spit, Gig Harbor
9-21-13 Port Townsend, organized by Port Townsend Marine Science Center
9-25-13 Discovery Park, organized by Seattle Chapter, Surfrider Foundation
9-28-13 Duwamish Waterway Park, with Consejo Counseling
9-28-13 Gene Coulon Memorial Park, Renton, organized by Renton Sailing Club
10-15-13 Juanita Beach Park, Kirkland, with Microsoft
10-19-13 Picnic Point Park, Edmonds, organized by Soundside Marinelife Rescue Center