By Randi Somers
The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies annual CoastWalk clean up and updated report of sea and beach conditions starts tomorrow, Sept. 12, at 5:30 p.m. when participants gather at the CACS headquarters at 708 Smokey Bay Way. Volunteers adopt a section of the Kachemak Bay shoreline and walk it annually, surveying changes and collecting data on marine life and human impacts while cleaning up beach litter and marine debris.
Last year’s CoastWalk was considered a great success with more than 7,000 pounds of marine debris collected by 700 volunteers.
Volunteers are invited to select one of the 29 zones on Kachemak Bay to explore, clean and report on as a group.
There are limited spaces available on clean-up crews across Kachemak Bay as well: McEwen Spit on Sept. 15 and McDonald Spit on Sept. 21. At the base of the Homer Spit, Mariner Park will be the focus of Sept. 28.
In past years, youth have participated in the clean-up with their schools, giving them hands-on experience that teaches them to value and protect their great coastal environment.
This year, as an added bonus, participants who return their completed data collection card to CACS after the clean-up will receive a coupon from the Save-U-More Deli for pizza.
Sponsors this year are EVOS Trustee Council, City of Homer, Homer Foundation, GoAK, Red Mountain Marine, Mako’s Water Taxi and Homer Safe-U-More.
Turning some of the trash into art is an ongoing project, involving anyone in the community who wants to participate. “Marine Debris to Art” workshops are held Mondays and Wednesdays from 4 to 7:30 p.m. A workshop can also be scheduled on request for a group.
CACS has conducted this annual clean-up and beach/sea report since 1982. For more information about the event, or CoastWalk in general, call 235-6746 for details.
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