Volunteers needed to help clean the beach

Published on Wed, Mar 5, 2014
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Sarah Pinkey, coordinator for the Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce, had to think a moment before deciding what was the strangest thing she has found on the beach during the quarterly Birch Bay Community Cleanup Day.

“We found some paper with Russian writing on it last year that was pretty bizarre looking,” she said, adding that she was unsure whether it washed up or was simply dropped by someone walking the beach.

Cleanup volunteers will be able to conduct their own treasure hunts this weekend while making the bay a cleaner, more appealing place for everybody.

The chamber is sponsoring the spring cleanup of Birch Bay this Saturday, March 8. The chamber will provide latex gloves, trash bags, coffee and baked goodies to any and all volunteers who show up to help. There will be a pre-cleanup meeting at the Birch Bay Visitor Information Center, 7900 Birch Bay Drive, at 9 a.m., and the cleanup will last until noon. Groups of volunteers will cover different sections of Birch Bay and bring back bags of found trash for disposal.

The cleanup is held four times a year “to keep the area clean and keep rubbish out of the bay,” Pinkey said. Although the most productive cleanup takes place immediately after the Fourth of July festivities, garbage accumulates on the beach throughout the year. Keeping Birch Bay looking nice requires a little neighborly goodwill from locals and visitors willing to volunteer their time to clean up the litter left behind by others.

The chamber has a link on their website for volunteers to sign up in advance, but participants are welcome to show up on the day of the cleanup, Pinkey said. Participants are encouraged to bring brooms and rakes. For more information, visit the Birch Bay chamber website at birchbaychamber.com.