South Sound beach cleanup featured

Twice a year the Squaxin Island Tribe and shellfish growers hit the water to clean up debris that has washed ashore. King 5 and the Olympian covered this year’s spring cleanup.

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The bow of a steel boat dipped just inches from the water under the weight of car tires and other debris gathered from the beach.

The driver was coming into the Arcadia Point boat launch to bring back the morning’s haul of garbage, a twice-annual tradition for the local shellfish growers.

About 60 volunteers manned 15 boats, launching at Arcadia Point east of Shelton and spanning 80 miles of South Sound beaches.

The first team set out at 7:30 a.m. Unlike past years, the crew were welcomed by sunny skies and calm waters.

“We found a sleeping bag and tent from a camp left behind, corroding,” said Darren Brownfield, a field technician with the Squaxin Island Tribe. “It’s disgusting. It shows disrespect to our island and our people.”

Brownfield’s team also found tires and partially submerged barrels.