Mar 9, 2013 7:04 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

Locals come together to clean up debris from Japanese tsunami.

After the tsunami in Japan, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, estimated that debris from the storm would hit the west coast this month. Debris actually arrived much sooner, and now, some locals are coming together to clean up what they can.

ECOSLO kicked off its year-long tsunami debris clean up program Saturday. It was the first of four cleanups they have planned.

Volunteers met in Montana De Oro Saturday morning. In keeping with the "go green" theme, volunteers were asked to bring their own clean up supplies and carpool to the event.

The organization hopes to collect data on debris from the tsunami, as well as data on everything else that washes up locally.

"We'll be collecting data for cigarette butts, plastic bags, bottles, any type of debris volunteers pick up. We definitely want to make sure we have the data of what's on our beaches," said Kylee Singh, the Program Coordinator for ECOSLO.

The next clean up is on June 8th.



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