Over 2,700 volunteers have pre-registered and more are expected for SOLVE's Beach and Riverside Cleanup this Saturday, September 28, 2013.
This year, volunteers across the state will celebrate the 100th anniversary of Oregon's public beaches by cleaning up the state parks, neighborhoods and shorelines they call home before fall rains wash litter downstream and into the ocean. Many volunteers will serve as citizen-scientists as they collect debris data for the Ocean Conservancy's International Coastal Cleanup, connecting the Oregon event with over 100 cleanups around the world. Other projects will include tree planting and invasives removal.
Presented by the Oregon Lottery, the SOLVE Beach and Riverside Cleanup is the result of partnerships with more than a dozen organizations including state agencies, local businesses, media and coastal haulers.
The Beach and Riverside Cleanup takes place statewide. The following sites are of particular interest in the Portland area because they will have a large number of volunteers and organizations:
o Willamette River Eastbank Esplanade - Eastbank Esplanade Trail just north of OMSI, Portland
o Oregon Humane Society, Dog Walking Path - 1067 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland
o Rock Creek Bank Stabilization - Rock Creek Trail, 20900 Amberwood Dr., Hillsboro (9am-1pm)
SOLVE is a statewide nonprofit organization that brings people together to improve the environment and build a legacy of stewardship. Over four decades, the organization has grown from a small, grassroots group to a national model for volunteer environmental action. Today, SOLVE mobilizes and trains tens of thousands of volunteers across Oregon to clean up beaches and rivers, and restore watersheds. Visit www.solvoregon.org for more information.