SOLVE piloting Oregon Adopt-A-Beach program

SOLVE, with the support of the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, is piloting a new Oregon Adopt-a-Beach program on the north coast to support ongoing beach cleanups throughout the year. SOLVE is currently seeking groups or individuals who would like to adopt their favorite stretch of beach in Clatsop or Tillamook County through the end of 2018.

Litter and marine debris continue to threaten the health and safety of Oregon’s public beaches, wildlife, and coastal communities, according to officials with SOLVE. By adopting a beach, volunteers can help stem the tide of trash year-round. Every volunteer cleanup, no matter how big or small, makes a difference.

Adopting a beach is simple: Program participants choose their favorite beach, clean their adopted stretch at least three times in one year, and report their results back to SOLVE.

SOLVE support includes free cleanup supplies, a leader handbook, ongoing project guidance, and limited small grant assistance. All participants will be sent a certificate of adoption and receive recognition on the SOLVE website.

Individuals or groups interested in adopting a beach, or volunteering at a scheduled beach cleanup, can contact Joy Hawkins at, or 503-844-9571 x 317.