ITN Calls on Kodiak to Clean Up Beaches
Thursday, 05 June 2014
The second annual Kodiak Coast Walk is set for this weekend. The event,
sponsored by Kodiak Island Trails Network, or ITN, provides bags to
folks wanting to clean up some of the island’s 81 beaches along the road
system. Items are then delivered to ITN, who will sort and store the
marine debris, which isn’t accepted at the landfill.
To get an
understanding of what kind of debris folks will be picking up on beaches
this weekend, KMXT sent reporter Brianna Gibbs to clean up the Buskin
Beach with ITN’s Director of Marine Programs, Tom Pogson.
spent less than 30 minutes cleaning 40 feet of beach at the Buskin River
earlier this week, which resulted in roughly 35 pounds of debris. It
was a small glimpse of what’s out there on Kodiak’s beaches, and folks
can help with clean up efforts during the second annual Coast Walk this
People can pick up bags between 8 a.m. and noon in the
parking lot of the Little School of Dance on Saturday and Sunday. There
they can also look at a map of Kodiak beaches and sign up for where
they’d like to go, that way there isn’t any overlap. Then, between 1
p.m. and 6 p.m. full bags can be dropped off at Pier II in the fenced
area north of the Horizon office.
There will also be a Coast Walk
kickoff barbecue at the Fort Abercrombie State Park group shelter on
Friday from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. It is a potluck, so bring a dish
to share. Bags and maps will be provided there.