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Calling all volunteers who want to help science deal with tsunami debris

Small fishing boat washed up on Salishan Beach

Small fishing boat washed up on Salishan Beach

Oregon volunteer teams are needed for a seashore research study on the quantity and variety of marine debris washing up on Oregon’s shores.

Volunteers will gather data once a month over the next two years on a specific section of their hometown beaches. Each search area measures about the length of a football field.

Each team will be allotted $500 to cover costs of equipment and transportation for volunteers. The Oregon Marine Debris Team is offering $500 “community grants” to facilitate the participation of local groups in the program. The grants can be used to cover the costs of transportation to and from the monitoring site as well as equipment such as bags, measuring tape, and marker flags. Funding is available for up to ten teams.

NOAA, the Oregon Marine Debris Team and state Parks and Recreation Department are the lead agencies in the effort.

There are seven sites that still need be assigned.

* Columbia South Jetty to Camp Rilea
* Arch Cape to Nehalem Spit
* Mouth of Nestucca Bay to Salmon River Spit
* Government Point to Yaquina Head
* Siuslaw South Jetty to Horsfall Beach
* Bastendorff Beach to Seven Devils Wayside
* Hooskenaden Creek to Rainbow Rock

Volunteer groups can be comprised of unrelated individuals or from agencies or advocacy groups.

Persons or groups interested in volunteering for this chance of a lifetime opportunity to participate in a critically important scientific work should notify the Oregon Marine Debris Team and submit an application for funding by Jan. 7 at http://tinyurl.com/debrisgrants, or by clicking here.

For more information, go to http://omdt.org/

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