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SOLVE Volunteers Brave Weather Statewide to Keep Oregon Beautiful

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Despite the wind and rain, close to 1,300 dedicated volunteers came out in force
today to remove trash and improve watersheds as part of the annual SOLVE Beach
and Riverside Cleanup, presented by the Oregon Lottery on September 28, 2013.

While 47 beach cleanup sites were postponed due to severe weather, over 50 projects were still held at inland sites ranging from Hood River to Medford.

With SOLVE support, volunteers accomplished the following watershed improvements:
-Planted 421 native trees and shrubs in parks, on school grounds and in natural areas
-Removed 25,068 pounds of mixed waste and recycled materials from neighborhoods and
natural areas
-Removed invasive non-native vegetation from close to 2 acres of natural areas

There were many amazing volunteers working to help keep Oregon beautiful. Volunteering at their first SOLVE event, a Cub Scout Pack worked to obtain their conservation badges by cleaning up the shorelines of the Columbia River. Volunteers at Nadaka Nature Park in Gresham cleared one acre of invasive Himalayan Blackberry that will be turned into a community garden.

With the support of the Rogue River Watershed Council, Bureau of Land Management and Army Corps of Engineers, 36 volunteers removed 4,000 pounds of trash from the Rogue River near Shady Cove.

The success of this event is due in large part to the dedicated coordinators that step up to lead projects throughout the state. “This event would not have been possible without the dozens of dedicated leaders who facilitate the participation of thousands of volunteers,” said Joy Irby, SOLVE Program Coordinator. “It is really inspiring to see so many organizations and volunteers come together to take care of Oregon.

The beach cleanup sites were postponed due to reports from the National Weather
Service indicating severe weather and possible flooding in areas along the coast. “The safety of our volunteers is our first priority, particularly in areas subject to high winds and water” said Maureen Fisher, SOLVE’s Executive Director. “Storms like these bring in lots of marine debris” added Fisher. “After this weekend there will be even more trash on the beaches for us all to clean up.”

Most of the beach cleanups that were postponed have been rescheduled for Saturday, October 12th and 26th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register for a site and see a full list of all the rescheduled cleanups, please visit
www.solveoregon.org or call Kaleen Boyle at 503-844-9571, ext. 332.

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