What a year or so it has been, but now, the weather is changing, and we all have an opportunity to help our community by helping clean our shoreline for the summer.

In celebration of Earth Day, Marine Resources Committee (MRC) is hosting a shoreline cleanup. Grab a bag and head out to pick up litter from any local shoreline before Earth Day, Thursday, April 22. Not that you shouldn’t always do that when you head to the shoreline.

“We have received a lot of positive feedback from the community about the Earth Day Shoreline Cleanup and are excited to see how much litter has been diverted from our waterways and Puget Sound,” said Elisa Dawson, Snohomish County Surface Water Management (SWM) Senior Planner. “Thank you to everyone who is planning to participate this week or who did cleanups over the weekend!”

Whether you choose a location along Puget Sound, a river, or a lake, you will be helping to reduce the amount of plastic and other litter in Puget Sound. On Earth Day, April 22nd, bring the litter to a disposal and sorting location (listed below) between 2:00 and 6:00pm, to see what was diverted from local waters.

With beautiful weather and long days, this is an excellent chance to take the family out for an after-dinner stroll.

It is recommended to wear gloves and sturdy footwear, leave large, hazardous, or natural items on the beach and do not disturb birds or other wildlife.

Shoreline Litter Disposal & Sorting Locations

o             Arlington: Twin Rivers County Park – 8003 SR-530 NE, Arlington, WA 98223

o             Edmonds: Esperance County Park – 7830 224th SW, Edmonds, WA 98026

o             Everett: Snohomish County Campus – 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett, WA 98201

o             Everett: McCollum County Park – 600 128th St SE, Everett, WA 98206

o             Monroe: Fairfield County Park – 15532 Fryelands Blvd SE, Monroe, WA 98272

There will be on-site volunteers to sort the litter collected by the public providing a better understanding of how it affects our environment.

The MRC Marine Resources Committee has created a Map of suggested shoreline cleanup locations around the county. The locations with a yellow icon on the map require paid parking.

The first 20 people to bring their collected litter to each of the five disposal locations will be given a two-to-three foot bare-root tree for planting. The native trees, donated by Project Seawolf are Red Alder and Black Cottonwood.

In keeping with county guidelines, masks are required, participants should practice social distancing, and there will be no congregating.

Special thanks to partners, WSU Snohomish Beach Watchers and WSU Waste Warriors for their support in this event, along with the Snohomish County of Natural Resources.

Participants are encouraged to share photos and total pounds (if possible) of collected litter and using the hashtag #SnoCoCleanup2021 when sharing on social media.