Lovers of Oregon’s public beaches tend to finish their ocean-side outings with their lungs full of fresh air, their hearts full of hope and — more often than not — their pockets full of trash.
And the Surfrider group is hoping that any such conscientious sand scourers who live near Newport or Florence will sign up for the new Oregon Beach Ambassador Pilot Program to help identify the sources of beach pollution.
“By recording the marine debris you collect during beach cleanups, you can help Oregon reach its highest marine debris research priority, identify the sources, quantity, and types of marine debris in Oregon,” said Surfrider’s Bri Goodwin. “Why do we need to know the types and quantities of marine debris on our beaches? By fully understanding the answer to these questions, and having data to back it up, we can develop policies and outreach tools to stop marine debris at its source.”
Program participants must commit to collecting data using the Marine Debris Tracker App at least once per month for one year. If the program is successful, Surfrider plans to take it coastwide.
In addition to the warm fuzzy feeling that comes from helping the environment, participants will be issued with cleanup kit — bucket, high quality grabber and first aid kit — plus exclusive Beach Ambassador jackets, hats and bags.