Thanks for cleaning up the coasts

Posted: Sunday, October 17, 2010

Turning the Tides, the Alaskan Brewing Company, the Marine Conservation Alliance Foundation and the Juneau Watershed Partnership would like to thank the 141 Juneau volunteers who participated in the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Clean-up day on Saturday, Sept. 25.

The turnout and support for this event was a tremendous and our volunteers braved wind and rain to collect an estimated 4,240 pounds of debris from 17 local beaches and waterways.

We would like to thank the following groups for "adopting" individual beaches from Sandy Beach to Echo Cove: the Regional office of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Office, KINY Radio, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation- Division of Water, Landmark Episcopalian Church, Alaska Wilderness League, University of Alaska Fairbanks Fisheries Student Group, Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and National Marine Fisheries Service Ted Stevens Marine Institute Staff, Cub Scout Pack 6 and Den 6, Gastineau Guiding, and several dedicated neighborhood and friend groups. Thank you for all your help and we hope you participate in next year's event.

We would specially like to thank the CBJ Streets Department, MCA staff, Alaska Brewing Company Staff and Dave Hanna who picked up and disposed of the garbage from the event.

Capital Disposal/Waste Management Inc. donated the disposal costs for this event. We cannot thank Lynn Bartlett and her staff enough for their continued support and generosity.

International Coastal Clean-up Day is sponsored by the Ocean Conservancy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Our local event was sponsored by the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, NOAA Community-based Marine Debris and Prevention Program and the Coastal CODE Foundation.

Thank you for helping us on this challenging task and we hope you participate in the 2011 International Coastal Clean-up day!

Beverly Schoonover

Juneau Watershed Partnership



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