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Tacoma Shoreline Survey & Cleanup
June 5 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Picking up trash off a beach is a good thing. But if you can count it for science, then toss it into a giant octopus sculpture, it’s even better.
That’s exactly what Tacomans can do at the annual Tacoma Shoreline Survey & Cleanup. Centered on Jack Hyde Park on Ruston Way, the event actually stretches around the 13 miles of Tacoma’s shoreline.
Doing the TSS Cleanup is easy. First, download the Ocean Conservancy’s Clean Swell app (Apple or Android), allow GPS location and create an account. Then start tracking the trash you find. After submitting, choose “Share” and email a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org to get your count included in the Tacoma Shoreline Survey.
Then comes the extra-fun part! Pick your trash as you go, and if you’re near Jack Hyde Park from 9am-1pm, get it weighed and put it into the Trashoctopus! A giant metal sculpture by Tacoma artists Nichole Rathburn and Ed Kroupa, the Trashoctopus is also a trash can that will be roaming Tacoma’s beaches all month. Fill it with trash and protect our waters!
You can cleanup and submit data all day long from any shore in Tacoma. Please wear a mask and social-distance. Stay home if you’re sick.
The Tacoma Shoreline Survey & Cleanup is a partnership between The Ikkatsu Project, South Sound Surfrider and Tacoma Ocean Fest.
Sign up here: ikkatsuproject.org/volunteer