This year marks the 40th anniversary of Operation Shore Patrol. Gov. Chris Gregoire has proclaimed Sept. 17 and 18 as official Operation Shore Patrol Days and urges citizens to participate in keeping Washington’s Pacific waterways clean. The goal of Operation Shore Patrol is to focus attention on litter accumulated from water and land sources on Washington state ocean beaches. Litter poses a threat to people, fish and wildlife and creates an unsightly environment. Operation Shore Patrol is a major step in helping to rid the Washington state coastline of litter and debris.
In 1971, the Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association started Operation Shore Patrol and has continued to coordinate and participate in the cleanup. The association also promotes community cooperation and support from Ilwaco to Moclips prior to and during the cleanup weekend. The event is co-sponsored by the Department of Ecology with assistance from area chambers of commerce, the cities of Westport, Ocean Shores, Long Beach and Grays Harbor County.
State Parks will waive the camping fee (hookups not included) for cleanup participants on Friday and Saturday the weekend of the cleanup event at Cape Disappointment (Long Beach area), Twin Harbors (south beach area) and Ocean City (north beach area) state parks. A limited number of standard campsites are available.
Reservations for standard campsites must be made by calling the following Pacific Northwest 4-Wheel Drive Association region coordinators after 6 p.m. weekdays or on weekends through Sept. 12:
• Cape Disappointment State Park, 244 Robert Gray Drive, Ilwaco – for information and campsite reservations call Linda Jessen at (360) 560-4598.
• Ocean City State Park, 148 State Route 115, Ocean Shores – for information and campsite reservations call Angela Holm at (206) 617-9478.
• Twin Harbors State Park, 420 State Hwy 105 S, Grayland – for information and campsite reservations call Mike Mayfarth at (253) 307-9808.
PNW4WDA and Region 2 Public Relations
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