Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Teams Up with SOLVE for Bayfront Earth Day Cleanup

On the afternoon of April 21st, twelve staff members from the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay formed two teams and gathered along the Bayfront between the Coos Bay rail yard and the Coos History Museum.  The mission: collect and dispose of as much garbage and debris along the waterfront within a 3-hour period in honor of Earth Day.  In total, the group gathered 30 bags of garbage along the waterfront. 

In preparation for the event, the Port partnered with SOLVE, a nonprofit organization with a mission of bringing Oregonians together to improve our environment and build a legacy of stewardship.  SOLVE creates 40,000 volunteer opportunities in 170 communities throughout the state to clean beaches and riversides.  Last year, SOLVE volunteers picked up 365,000 pounds of trash.  SOLVE provides resources to communities throughout Oregon focusing on litter cleanup, tree planting, and invasive removal projects.

"Litter is a serious problem," says Joy Hawkins, Program Coordinator for SOLVE Oregon. "It flows down storm drains, into rivers, and out to our beaches and ocean. In the past year, SOLVE volunteers have picked up nearly 450,000 pounds of trash from neighborhoods and natural areas across Oregon. The Port of Coos Bay has been a wonderful partner in this effort, keeping litter out of the local waterway, and helping create a cleaner waterfront for Coos Bay residents and visitors alike." 

The Port of Coos Bay is committed to responsible environmental stewardship through sustainable economic development in the region.  Liter and debris in our waterways create serious environmental problems.  They are often confused with food, resulting in harmful effects to marine life resulting in malnutrition, entanglement, or strangulation.

The Port values environmental stewardship in all aspects of operations, include managing facilities in an environmentally responsible manner. The Port Commission adopted green policies in 2009. The Port also maintains "clean marina" and "clean shipyard" certifications from the Oregon State Marine Board (OSMB) and implements the OSMB's best management practices at the Charleston Marina and Shipyard.  In addition, the Port recently acquired two electric carts for the maintenance crews to utilize in daily operations at the Charleston Marina and Charleston Shipyard.  The marina was also recently equipped with new LED lighting fixtures for all of the docks, parking areas and buildings through the Energy Trust of Oregon. 

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For additional media information, please contact:

Margaret Barber, External Affairs Manager, Port of Coos Bay
            Phone 541.267.3713 / E-mail: mbarber@portofcoosbay.com