More than 80 Juneau residents participated in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Clean-up day on Saturday. Volunteers collected an estimated 3 tons of garbage from 12 beaches in Douglas and Juneau.
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A bathtub, a computer monitor, a recliner chair, a diesel water heater, a couch, several mattresses and an old car were some of the most interesting garbage found along Juneau's waterways during the 3rd annual local event.
The Alaskan Brewery, the Juneau Unitarian Church, the Juneau Latter-Day Saints Church, NMFS/NOAA, the Tongass Girl Scouts, Turning the Tides, Friends of Recycling, the Juneau Audubon Society, the US Coast Guard and the Marine Conservation Alliance were local organizations that participated in the event by "adopting" sections of beaches from Douglas to Echo Cove.
The Juneau Watershed Partnership, SEACC, Juneau Youth for Environmental Action, and individual volunteers helped clean up Eagle Beach and Sandy Beach that morning, and the city Streets Department and Parks and Recreation Department picked up and disposed of the garbage from the event.
"The response and support we had for this event was very enthusiastic," said Beverly Anderson, director of the Juneau Watershed Partnership. "Life in Juneau revolves around the water and our beaches and boat ramps get a lot of use from locals during the year. Even though we picked up 3 tons of garbage, most of our volunteers were pleased to report that there was not a lot of garbage out there. It is a great feeling to know that people in Juneau care about the health of our water and our beaches."
International Coastal Clean-up Day is sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Turning the Tides, the Juneau Watershed Partnership and the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation, and the Alaskan Brewing Co. ALSO sponsored the local event.
Beverly Anderson is executive director of the Juneau Watershed Partnership.