A Day at the Beach A sHORT afternoon break amounts to a heap of litter

Every little bit matters.

As a way to do a something extra to benefit the environment in our corner of the planet in the spirit of Earth Day, several members of our staff and board at the Whidbey Camano Land Trust, as well as family and friends, participated in a beach cleanup along the Keystone Spit near Coupeville on April 20.

Taylor Schmuki, our new stewardship technician, snares a piece of rope

We wanted to tackle a beach as a way to contribute to a cleaner Puget Sound and Salish Sea. So we picked the beach along Keystone State Park, which we would learn, is one of the most littered beaches in Island County because of how the tides, currents and winds act together to bring new debris to the shores regularly. We were in for a challenge but were well prepared thanks to equipment that Washington State University's Island County Extension office let us use for free as part of its community beach litter cleanup program. So we used the tools effectively.

Land steward Jessica Larson wastes no time putting the trash picker to use.

In the end, 16 of us in one hour of an afternoon gathered 100 pounds of litter. As part of the beach litter program, we were able to take the litter to the Coupeville Transfer Station with no dump fee. To learn more about this program, contact Stinger Anderson of WSU's Island County Extension office in Coupeville, at 360-240-5558 or stinger.anderson@wsu.edu

Ryan Elting, our conservation director, and others bring in their haul.

Every little bit matters.

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