Tsunami debris cleanup continues

A crew cleaning up potential tsunami debris in the Tokeland area this week filled 62 large garbage bags with everything from Styrofoam to plastic bottles with Asian writing.

The state Department of Natural Resources sent a four-person work crew to focus on removal efforts on a stretch of beach west of Tokeland, an area between Bruceport County Park and the DNR-managed Bone River Natural Area Preserve on the east side of the bay.

The crew typically works to eradicate non-native spartina cordgrass that has invaded Willapa Bay’s intertidal waters and salt marshes, according to a press release from the group. They finished that work last week and had the time to address marine debris in the area.

Future cleanup efforts will take the crew east of Tokeland around to Willapa Bay. Next spring, the crew will be assigned to more marine debris cleanup before returning to its spartina eradication duties.

Meantime, the state Department of Ecology says it is ready redeploy state-funded trash bins on coastal beaches from Moclips south that have been temporarily removed to conserve funds.

Anyone encountering oil or hazardous materials like fuel tanks, gas cylinders, chemical totes and other containers with unknown fluids on Washington beaches should immediately report it by calling 1-855-WACOAST (1-855-922-6278) and pressing “1.”