Scott focuses on the small stuff – tiny pieces of plastic that most folks don’t even notice on the beach. He uses screens to filter these plastics from the sand. Some screens (like the one above) were designed and built by Scott while others (like in the photo below) were purchased with combined funds from Mountain Rose Herbs and Sea Turtles Forever.
Volunteers who have overcome their “trash blindness” (an inability to notice tiny pieces of plastic) have started bringing their own filtration devices to beach cleanups.
This effort would not be a success without Scott’s leadership and the dedicated volunteers who show up rain or shine to clean the beach.
Most of the cleanups have occurred at Otter Rock, home to Oregon’s smallest (but still mighty) Marine Reserve. Though the waters are protected from development and taking of living resources, they are still susceptible to pollution such as marine debris and excess nutrients. Luckily, the Newport Chapter focuses a lot of effort on protecting and understanding this special place.
If you’re interested in joining the effort, email firstname.lastname@example.org.