Thanks for helping our beach cleanup

Posted: Friday, September 12, 2008

Turning the Tides would like to thank all the people who made our Aug. 2 beach cleanup of the Channel Islands Marine Park possible. Dick Farnell, skipper of the Intrepid Raven, kindly donated the use of his boat, for both our reconnaissance trip and the cleanup of Benjamin and North Islands. Greg Brown, captain of the Weather Permitting, started us out with a safety briefing and transported volunteers to and from Lincoln Island.

Bill Zentner and Ashley McCormack, the summer intern from the Juneau Watershed Partnership, scouted the shoreline of the park islands in June to determine which beaches were littered. Linni Esther kayaked to Suedla, Little Suedla, and Battleship Islands to pick up litter on both the beaches and campsites. Mark Anderson, Sally Schlichting, and Bob King of the Marine Conservation Alliance scoured the beaches on the southeast side of Lincoln Island and collected more than 420 pounds of trash. Bob Sylvester and Beth Potter collected more than 200 pounds of marine debris from North and Benjamin Islands.

We are grateful to the Juneau Watershed Partnership for providing gloves and bags and to the Harbormaster at Auke Bay who allowed us to use his dumpsters to dispose of the litter collected. Turning The Tides greatly appreciates the Marine Conservation Alliance and NOAA who funded the beach cleanups.

Kate Golden, Empire reporter, not only picked up trash, but also wrote an article covering the beach cleanup. Mihael Blikshteyn photographed the event and participated in the cleanup too. Amy Nye and Jeff Brown of KTOO interviewed the organizers helping to publicize the beach cleanup.

We would also like to thank state parks, who will remove the engines, tires, fuel tanks and broken boats that were too large for us to haul.

Last of all, we want to thank the good citizens of Juneau who dispose of their trash properly and do not contribute to the soiling of our precious Alaskan beaches. Next spring Turning the Tides will finish cleaning up Lincoln Island and will pick up debris on the beaches of Ralston, Little, Gull, Aaron, Cohen, Portland, Coghlan and Indian Islands. If you would like to volunteer for the next cleanup, contact Carol Anderson at 586-2410

Carol Anderson

Turning the Tides


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