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An Oregon Coast Tradition just got better - SOLV Beach and Riverside Cleanup September 22, 2012
Oregon Coast Notes - News

From inland rivers to the coast, water connects us all. Join us statewide to clean up our beaches, rivers and lakes.

This fall, Oregonians are invited to continue the tradition of cleaning Oregon Coast beaches and make an even bigger impact by joining other SOLV volunteers along rivers, lakes and other waterways throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

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SOLV is expanding the fall cleanup.

http://www.solv.org/programs/fall_beach_cleanup.asp

SOLVshortBarFor years, SOLV has received requests from volunteers around the state who wanted to help with a fall cleanup, and was unable to join us at the coast.

To answer these many requests SOLV will be expanding to include projects along rivers, creeks, lakes and other waterways throughout Oregon and SW Washington. This is a new way for all Oregonians to join generations of SOLV volunteers to get involved, and teach the next generation to care for the health of our local watershed and the beaches we enjoy.

By restoring waterways & cutting off trash upstream, before it reaches the beach, SOLV volunteers will be part of a statewide effort to reduce marine debris and improve inland water and ocean health.

CHECK OUT THE LINKS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE TO JOIN A BEACH OR WATERWAY CLEANUP NEAR YOU

Local Solutions to a Global Problem

turtleAs water flows downstream toward the ocean, it brings with it any trash in its path. This means the water bottle left by the side of the river, or the cigarette butt thrown onto the sidewalk will wash eventually into the ocean. Scientists estimate that more than 5 million square miles of the Pacific Ocean is covered with trash, and most of it is believed to be small pieces of plastic from the world's shorelines. Whether from river shores or coastal beaches, trash and plastic debris is increasingly damaging our ecosystems. Fish, birds, and marine mammals often mistake small bits of plastic or cigarette butts for food, and can die of strangulation and starvation.

By removing trash upstream before it reaches the beach, SOLV volunteers can take action to benefit their local waterways, and at the same time, address a very global problem. For more information and resources about plastics and litter and marine debris visit SOLV's litter and marine debris information pages.

SOLV's History

Thousands of Oregonians have taken action to improve the environmental health of the coastline and ocean each spring and fall by turning out to clean and preserve the state's public beaches. SOLV is proud to be a leader in the clean beach movement that began in 1984 in Oregon. Since then, nearly 190,000 SOLV volunteers have removed over 1250 tons of trash and marine debris from the Oregon coastline.

In the beginning...

1971

Actor "Iron Eyes" Cody appeared in 200 films, but he is best remembered for two public service announcements. The first of which debuted on Earth Day, 1971: In full head-dress, he is shown canoeing down an increasingly foul river. An orchestral drumbeat accompanies his journey through a blighted landscape of pollution and filth. When a bag, hurled from a car, bursts to spew garbage all over his moccasins, "Iron Eyes" slowly turns his noble face to the camera, and we see a single tear coursing down his craggy cheek.

The Ad Council partnered with Keep America Beautiful to create a powerful visual image that dramatized how litter and other forms of pollution were hurting the environment, and how every individual has the responsibility to help protect it. Created by ad agency Marstellar, Inc., the campaign used the line, "People Start Pollution. People can stop it." The ad became one of the most memorable and successful campaigns in advertising history and was named one of the top 100 advertising campaigns of the 20th Century by Ad Age Magazine.

Much later, it turned out that Iron Eyes was born Espera Oscar de Corti to Sicilian immigrants, and he had about as much Cherokee blood as Leonardo da Vinci. No matter, in 1995 he was honored by the Native American community for his portrayal of Native Americans in Hollywood films. The impact of his 1971 "Crying Indian" public service announcements had been well received.

Watch these landmark videos: http://www.youtube.com & http://www.youtube.com

More than 2,000 letters a month poured into the Keep America Beautiful campaign from people who wanted to become involved. Oregon passed the landmark anti-litter Bottle Bill the same year.

SOLV was young then and still called Stop Oregon Litter and Vandalism.

The first all-volunteer beach cleanup in the nation was held here in Oregon in 1984. Since then, annual volunteer beach cleanups have spread to all 50 states and nearly 100 countries around the globe. In 2008, nearly 4000,000 volunteers picked up 6.8 million pounds of trash from nearly every major body of water worldwide.

Continue the tradition

Continue the tradition of cleaning Oregon Coast beaches and make an even bigger impact by joining other SOLV volunteers along rivers, lakes and other waterways throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.

 

County

City

Event Name

Status

Benton

Corvallis

Willamette Riparian Area Cleanup

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Benton

Corvallis

Porter Park Stream Cleanup and Planting

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Clackamas

Canby

Molalla River State Park Invasive Plant Removal

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Clackamas

Estacada

Carver Boat Launch and Clackamas River Cleanup

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Clackamas

Milwaukie

3 Creeks Natural Area Cleanup

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Clackamas

Milwaukie

Keep Elk Rock Island and Spring Park Clean and Beautiful!

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Clackamas

Oregon City

GOCWC Abernethy Creek Cleanup & Restoration

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Clackamas

Oregon City

Atkinson Park

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Clackamas

Oregon City

Newell Creek Cleanup

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Clackamas

West Linn

Friends of Maddax Woods Cleanup

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Clackamas

West Linn

Clear and Clean McLean Park

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Clark, WA

La Center

Vancouver and Clark County Riverside Cleanup

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Clark, WA

Vancouver

Great Columbia Cleanup!

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Clark, WA

Vancouver

Salmon Creek Cleanup

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Clark, WA

Vancouver

Vancouver Lake and Frenchman's Bar Beach Cleanup

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Clatsop

Cannon Beach

Cannon Beach City Hall 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Clatsop

Gearhart

Del Rey Beach Approach 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Clatsop

Gearhart

Gearhart Beach Approach 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Clatsop

Hammond

Fort Stevens - Peter Iredale Beach 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Clatsop

Seaside

Seaside Beach 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Clatsop

Warrenton

Fort Stevens - Columbia River Beach 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Clatsop

Warrenton

Sunset Beach Approach 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Clatsop

Warrenton

Warrenton Trails Association Invasive Removal

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Columbia

Rainier

Fox Creek cleanup

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Columbia

Scappoose

Multnomah Channel Cleanup

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Columbia

St. Helens

Scapoose Bay Cleanup

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Columbia

Vernonia

Nehalem River Cleanup

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Coos

Bandon

"The Barn," Bandon City Park 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Coos

Charleston

Bastendorff Beach Park 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Coos

North Bend

Horsfall Beach 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Coos

North Bend

North Spit Cleanup and Invasive Plant Removal

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Curry

Brookings

Chetco River Cleanup

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Curry

Brookings

Brookings Welcome Center 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Curry

Gold Beach

Port of Gold Beach 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Curry

Port Orford

Battle Rock State Wayside 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Curry

Port Orford

Ivy Removal From Trees in Buffington Park

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Curry

Port Orford

Ophir State Recreation Site 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Deschutes

Bend

Deschutes River Sweep

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Deschutes

Terrebonne

Smith Rock State Park Riverside Cleanup

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Douglas

Myrtle Creek

South County SOLV River Cleanup Challenge

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Douglas

Myrtle Creek

Tri City Spirit Day

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Douglas

Reedsport

Oregon Dunes NRA Office 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Douglas

Reedsport

Umpqua Dunes 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Douglas

Riddle

Cow Creek Backcountry Byway Cleanup

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Hood River

Cascade Locks

Herman Creek Cleanup

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Jackson

Central Point

Lions & Cubs' Fallen Hero Memorial & Park Cleanup

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Jackson

Medford

Bear Creek Park Cleanup

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Jackson

Rogue River

Valley of the Rogue River bank cleanup and weed pull

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Jackson

Shady Cove

Cleanup at Casey State Park

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Jackson

Trail

Alco Creek Native Planting and Trash Cleanup

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Josephine

Grants Pass

Rogue River Corridor Enhancement Project

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Lake

Fort Rock

Clean it Up! Fort Rock Road

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Lane

Cottage Grove

Cottage Grove River Celebration

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Lane

Cottage Grove

Cleaning Up the Row

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Lane

Eugene

Nearby Nature Willamette and Canoe Canal Clean-up at Alton Baker Park

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Lane

Fall Creek

Fall Creek Park

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Lane

Florence

Carl Washburne Picnic Area 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lane

Florence

Heceta Beach 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lane

Florence

North Jetty Beach 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lane

Florence

Siltcoos Outlet 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lane

Florence

Siuslaw Valley Bank - Florence 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lane

Florence

South Jetty 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lane

Marcola

Mohawk Illegal Dumpsite Cleanup

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Lane

Saginaw

Lynx Hollow Riverside Cleanup

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Lincoln

Depoe Bay

Devil's Punch Bowl State Natural Area - Otter Rock 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Depoe Bay

Fogarty Creek State Park 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Lincoln Beach

Gleneden Beach Wayside 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Lincoln City

"D" River Wayside 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Lincoln City

Road's End Beach Wayside 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Lincoln City

SW 51st 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Newport

Agate Beach Wayside 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Newport

Beverly Beach State Park 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Newport

Newport Ivy Pull

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Lincoln

Newport

Nye Beach Turnaround 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Newport

Beachcomber's Pick Up at Yaquina Head

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Lincoln

Newport

Yaquina River Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Ona

Ona Beach State Park 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

South Beach

Lost Creek State Park 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

South Beach

South Beach State Park 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Waldport

Alsea Bay Bridge Interpretive Center 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Lincoln

Yachats

Yachats Chamber of Commerce 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Linn

Albany

Down by the Riverside - Native Plant Restoration Project

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Marion

Gervais

Willamette Mission State Park Invasive Plant Removal and Cleanup

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Marion

Jefferson

Ankeny NWR Ivy Pull

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Marion

Sublimity

Silver Falls State Park Native Planting Project

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Multnomah

Bonneville

Shoreline Clean Up

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Multnomah

Corbett

Rooster Rock State Park Columbia River Beach Cleanup

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Multnomah

Fairview

Neil Kelly Company Volunteers Broughton Beach Cleanup

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Multnomah

Fairview

Broughton Beach Cleanup

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Multnomah

Gresham

Nadaka Nature Park Cleanup

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Multnomah

Gresham

Pleasant Valley School's Wildside

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Multnomah

Portland

ORCOBA Fall clean-up - Collins Beach, Sauvie Island

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Multnomah

Portland

Columbia Slough Paddle Cleanup

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Multnomah

Portland

Succot at the Creekside

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Multnomah

Portland

Japanese American Historical Plaza Cleanup

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Multnomah

Portland

Clean up Johnson Creek

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Multnomah

Portland

Johnson Creek at Barbara Welch Rd Cleanup

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Multnomah

Portland

Kelley Point Park Cleanup

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Multnomah

Portland

Willamette Riverbank Cleanup - Swan Island McCarthy Park

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Multnomah

Portland

Protect Native Habitat and Wildlife at Mt. Tabor Park

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Multnomah

Portland

Oaks Bottom Cleanup

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Multnomah

Portland

Willamette Riverbank Cleanup - Riverplace Marina

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Multnomah

Portland

Willamette Riverbank Cleanup - Swan Island Boat Launch

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Multnomah

Portland

Wapato Weed Pull

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Multnomah

Portland

South Waterfront District Fall Cleanup

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Polk

Salem

Wallace Marine Park Clean-up

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Skamania, WA

North Bonneville

River's Edge Community Cleanup

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Tillamook

Manzanita

Laneda & Ocean Ave 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Tillamook

Manzanita

Nehalem Bay State Park 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Tillamook

Neskowin

Neskowin Marketplace Porch 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Tillamook

Neskowin

Wi-Ne-Ma Wayside 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Tillamook

Netarts

Netarts Bay Boat Ramp 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Tillamook

Pacific City

Pelican Pub 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Tillamook

Pacific City

Sand Lake 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Tillamook

Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Lion's Club 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Tillamook

Tillamook

Cape Lookout State Park 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Tillamook

Tillamook

Cape Lookout Spit Cleanup

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Tillamook

Tillamook

2nd Annual Wilson River Cleanup

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Tillamook

Tillamook

Tillamook Pioneer Museum 2010 Fall Cleanup

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Umatilla

Milton-Freewater

Walla Walla River Cleanup and Levy Awareness day

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Wasco

Maupin

River Fest on the Deschutes River

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Wasco

The Dalles

The Dalles Dam Planting Project

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Washington

Beaverton

Sterling Park Water Quality Pond Restoration

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Washington

Beaverton

Johnson Creek Restoration Project

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Washington

Beaverton

Trails & Trash on Beaverton Creek

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Washington

Buxton

Buxton Pond

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Washington

Forest Grove

Tom McCall Forest

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Washington

Gales Creek

Dorman Ponds Cleanup

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Washington

Gales Creek

Lower Gales Creek restoration project

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Washington

Hillsboro

Camp Ireland Cleanup Project

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Washington

Hillsboro

Hamby Park Stream Clean-Up

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Washington

North Plains

McKay Creek Cleanup

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Washington

Portland

Ash Creek Restoration Project

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Washington

Tigard

Great Tualatin River Paddle and Cleanup

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Washington

Tigard

Knez Teasel Removal

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Washington

Tualatin

Hedges Creek Wetlands Cleanup

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Yamhill

Willamina

Upper Nestucca OHV Trail Cleanup & Maintenance

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For more information go to the SOLV website.

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