LICA 2023 Roadside Clean Up Volunteer Crews Keep Over 700 lbs. of Debris Out of Salish Sea
A huge thank you to all of the 80+ volunteers that showed up on Saturday morning ready to walk the roads and beaches of Lummi Island to keep litter on land and out of the sea.
At 9:30am April 1st Community volunteers gathered at the Grange or Scenic Estates Clubhouse before the event for Hot beverages, and Janice Holmes’ amazing mouthwatering freshly baked pastries.
As we socialized, each person signed up to a Truck Team to clean one of 12 island roadway segments. Each team was provided with Garbage Bags, and the Heritage Trust’s Clean Swell Marine Debris Tracking Data sheets to keep track of what kinds of trash and how much trash is collected.
The trucks then transported volunteers to each of their segments at 10am. When their were clean and all spiffed up, everyone pack up their trash and headed back to the Grange via their truck for a Noon Thank you Lunch of Hot dogs, chips, cookies, and lemonade provided by LICA and prepared by members of the Grange. Also joining in this community effort were members of the newly formed Resilient Lummi to help sort recyclables from the trash. Our debris piles (we had to make two of them) were transported to the mainland by Whatcom County Public Work’s Adopt a Road Team.
I want to take this opportunity to especially thank Janice Holmes and her baking support crew Cheryl Bachus, Di Kegeles, and J Perry for getting up early to prepare the freshly baked goodies for the litter control teams at both the Grange and Scenic Estates Club house. Molly and Debbi brewed the coffee, and kept warm drinks flowing all morning then helped assemble Lunch bags Jesse , Alan and Jim helped unload equipment, set up and take down tables and chairs.
Grange Members Leslie, Bev, helped prepare lunches Byron and Pat cooked the dogs and kept the Hot Dogs coming off the grill, then helped clean up the Grange afterwards. Members of the Resilient Lummi group, Wendi, Kathleen, Rucci, Mike, & Doug sorted out Recyclables from the incoming litter.
Ricki picked up and transported recycling into town and Whatcom County Public Works picked up the remainder of our pile and disposed of it in town.
Carol McKinney and her assistants set up Coffee at Scenic Estates It was a true Community Effort with people from all over the island, new community members, and long-time members. It was a wonderful opportunity to see neighbors that I had not seen in a very long time and work together to take care of this beautiful Island we are lucky to call home.
Thank you Thank You Thank You The Lummi Island Community is the best.
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Updated: 2023/05/04 @ 6:10 pm Tark Henderson