Remote Beach Cleanup Events

Remote Beach Cleanup Events

In 2019, the MRC led remote beach cleanups in partnership with other Whatcom County organizations and the San Juan MRC.  Local volunteers helped identify two areas that could benefit from a group beach cleanup, the southwest point of Lummi Island, and Sucia Island Marine State Park.

SW Lummi Island Cleanup

The southwest portion of Lummi Island is fairly remote and is not heavily impacted by beach visitors due to limited accessibility.  The MRC worked with residents of Lummi Island and the Lummi Island Heritage Trust to coordinate the cleanup and recruit volunteers.  Volunteers worked along approximately 3 miles of shoreline, as can be seen by the yellow line depicted in the map (left). 440 pounds of garbage were removed from the island and disposed of at Recycling Disposal Services in Bellingham.  Any large items that could not be removed by volunteers were noted using the MyCoast app

Trash consisted of fishing nets, large pieces of Styrofoam, plastic bottles, and micro plastics.

This cleanup consisted of volunteers from the San Juan MRC, Surfrider Foundation, and the Whatcom MRC.  

Volunteers covered approximately 2.5 miles of shoreline for the cleanup. 

Remote Beach Cleanup Events