Environment

Volunteers to hunt for tsunami debris at Montaña de Oro

The sand spit parking lot at Montaña de Oro.
The sand spit parking lot at Montaña de Oro. The Tribune

The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo will hold the first of four beach cleanups March 9 at the Montaña de Oro sand spit that is intended to remove debris from the 2011 tsunami in Japan that reached local shores.

Volunteers will meet at the sand spit parking lot at 9 a.m. The event will last until noon.

About 1.5 million tons of buoyant debris was washed into the ocean following the tsunami and has entered Pacific Ocean currents. The debris is already washing ashore in Alaska and Washington, and more is expected to wash ashore in Oregon and California in the coming months. It is highly unlikely that any of the debris is radioactive; however, qualified emergency responders will be ready to respond if suspicious material is found.

Volunteers are asked to bring reusable gloves and a bucket or bag, and to car pool to the event.

For more information, call 544-1777.

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