Washington receives $250,000 allocation to address marine debris


This Japan gift already has been helpful in Washington. It was used to cover a portion of the $628,000 cost for removing a 65-foot dock that washed ashore on a remote Washington shore within the boundaries of both Olympic National Park and NOAA’s Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary in December 2012. The removal was completed in March, 2013.


The funds used to remove the dock are in addition to the $250,000 allocation that the state is receiving now.


The $250,000 allocation of Japan gift funds distributed by NOAA will be used for:


  • Removal and disposal of debris and supplies and equipment to address both large and small debris items. This includes support for tribal governments as well as volunteer cleanup groups that remove small debris items and, as needed, deployment of the Washington Conservation Corps (WCC) to remove large quantities of small debris quickly and effectively.


  • Addressing invasive species concerns.


  • Surveying and monitoring beaches to guide debris removal efforts.