The Oregon Marine Debris Team is ready to put a statewide volunteer beach cleanup/response plan into place, and we’ve announced a series of 15 workshops from Seaside to Brookings to train and organize volunteers for ongoing cleanup efforts and response to increase debris.







The first of these training sessions is coming right up, this Tuesday (March 5) in Florence, followed by Bandon (March 6) and Port Orford (March 7).  For details of these and the other sessions, see the full schedule at the bottom of this post.

The upcoming workshops are designed to pull together the hundreds of volunteers who are already signed up for our project, and link them to organizations and communities already engaging in ongoing cleanup efforts.  The goal is to create a solid network keeping watch over the entire Oregon coast and able to organize a cleanup and respond locally wherever one is needed.  The OMDT consists of Surfrider Foundation, CoastWatch, SOLVE, Washed Ashore and Oregon Sea Grant.

The workshops are intended for OMDT volunteers and community leaders already active in debris cleanup.  If you haven’t already volunteered, please sign up for the OMDT list at  You will receive information about these training sessions and about all future activities.

For more information about the workshops or to RSVP your interest in attending, contact Sea Grant’s Jamie Doyle at


     Saturday, March 9
     10:00 – 12:00 pm
     Chetco Public Library, 405 Alder St, Brookings

Gold Beach:
     Saturday, March 9
     1:30 – 3:30 pm
     Gold Beach City Council Chamber, 29592 Ellensburg Ave, Gold Beach

Port Orford:
     Thursday, March 7
     5:30 – 7:30 pm
     Port Orford Library, 1421 Oregon St, Port Orford

     Wednesday, March 6
     6:30 – 8:30 pm
     Harbor Town Events Center, 325 2nd St SE

North Bend:
     Wednesday, March 13
     6:30 – 8:30 pm
     North Bend Public Library, 1800 Sherman Ave, North Bend

     Date and location TBD

     Tuesday, March 5
     6:30 – 8:30 pm
     Windward, 3757 U.S. 101, Florence

     Monday, March 11
     6:30 – 8:30 pm
     Overleaf Lodge, 280 Overleaf Lodge Ln, Yachats

     Friday, March 15
     6:30 – 8:30 pm
     Newport City Hall Council Chambers, 169 SW Coast Hwy, Newport

Lincoln City:
     Monday, March 25
     5:30 – 7:30 pm
     Location TBD

Pacific City:
     Tuesday, March 26
     1:00 – 3:00 pm
     Location TBD

     Thursday, March 28
     5:30 – 7:30 pm
     Location TBD

     Tuesday, April 16
     2:00 – 4:00 pm
     Rockaway Beach Lions Club, 268 S Anchor St, Rockaway Beach

Cannon Beach:
     Wednesday, April 10
     Time and location TBD

     Wednesday, April 3
     Time and location TBD